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Lessons from the making of the F-16 fighter

There is much discussion and some implementation in augmentation of India's security by acquiring 148 fighter aircraft for her needs. Every aircraft manufacture in the world wants as big a slice of this great business opportunity this  order represents.   

The American Company (Lockheed Martin), has offered to jointly produce its famous F-16 fighter plane locally in India. The offer is being examined by experts and bureaucrats. 

What caught my interest was, the history behind,  how this aircraft was developed? Why it was the most advanced and yet competitive aircraft of its time? Why was it a winner?
What are the lessons that can be learnt, by leaders, managers etc.?



_______ The history of the development of the F-16 program is a fascinating one, full of intrigue for   the program was destined to be killed.
The story begins with the father of the F15 and F-16 fighter aircraft program, Air Force Col. John Boyd, who had served with distinction as a fighter pilot during the 1950s in the Ko…
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Fear or Adventure?

Uncertainty is a Reality.

Refusal to accept uncertainty,
leads to fear.
Acceptance of uncertainty,
leads to adventure.



Man is the only creature with an imagination. So he tries to peer into the future, plan outcomes in the hope of removing uncertainty. We are so intelligent that we usually fool even ourselves.

Astrologers, Political Pandits, Stock Market Analysts, Economists, etc. all make a living by crystal ball gazing and make pronouncements to placate our fears of uncertain outcomes. 


The number of variables are so many that their guess is as good as anyone else. In any event whatever outcomes they project, naturally there is a 50% probability of it actually occurring, so the forecasters become believable. A slick and confident forecast which results in favourable  outcomes can often fetch handsome rewards, including fame and wealth.  

Usually we can afford to be adventurous but not always.
Generally speaking there is great uncertainty when dealing with Humans but very little when dealing …

Right or Wrong

When you're right, no one remembers.
When you're wrong, no one forgets.

How to destroy future generations?

These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without work, learning without silence, religion without fearlessness and worship without awareness.


~ Anthony de Mello




My friend Anil Malhotra once told me, "The most effective way to destroy future generations is to take away from them the need to work. Provide for them only rental income from property or interest income on financial investments, and they will slowly and surely decay and be destroyed".
He is right. Its plain to witness that  the families that have eliminated the need to work, have by the third generation been mostly ruined.
"Work saves us from three great evils: Boredom, Vice and Need." ~ Voltaire
Why look only at families? Countries and societies too are like families. Many countries whose leadership have adopted policies of the Welfare state  are suffering from this fate. The people and the countries are sliding rapidly into ruin.
Big brother look…

Learn History, or your Geography will be changed

I was asked a question, 'Why do you keep raising historical issues?'

What is history but a fable agreed upon? ~ Napoleon Bonaparte
The version of history we know, has been given to us, by vested interests. So a hot debate has erupted between groups in favour of and those against re-writing Indian history books and redefining the national narrative. 
Is this a storm in a tea cup or is it something very important?
First a bit of background. Significant parts of India have been occupied by a variety of foreign conquerors for more than 1000 years.  The occupiers wrote their own version of Indian history.  Some of it factual, a lot of it masala. Most documents and artefacts that could have helped define our history have been spirited away, by conquerors or have been destroyed.
History we are taught is always written by victors and conquerors, and they always project how great and noble they were and the civilising effect they had on the vanquished people. Not all victories are military, so…

The Ghosts of 1962

Lest we forget the war of 1962.
Understanding the Chinese invasion of India and the aftermath.




In late 1940s two sleeping giants began to stir awake. 
Barring the gruesome partition, modern democratic India had a peaceful birth in 1947. Nehru the Indian prime minister therefore believed, power came from eloquence, amity and diplomacy. 

China (PRC) on the other hand had a very violent birth in 1949, hence Mao Tse-tung held the belief that power came from the barrel of a gun. 

Nehru fancied himself as becoming a world leader. He wanted India and China to partner together, to create a third pole that would not be aligned to either American led West Capitalistic block nor the Soviet led Communist block. In pursuit of this dream he stooped and pampered China to no end. He fawned over China and also rued that he did not have the type of committed cadre that Mao had.

This approach did not go down well with the Americans nor the Russians, who wanted to retain their global preeminence. They both wan…

Capitalism defeats all

In Russia, Capitalism defeated Communism.
In America, Capitalism defeated Democracy.
~ Fran Leibowitz












Capitalism disguised as Socialism and Secularism has almost defeated India.
~ Gurvinder Singh


Throughout history a small minority of individuals usually 5%  of the population have always dominated and controlled the majority 95%. They did this by legislating special privileges for themselves, monopoly of all key resources and having a strong militia to impose their will by violence and fear of force.
The key resources, including property, natural resources, precious metals, cash, and stocks are all defined as 'Capital'. Those who own or control this capital are called 'Capitalists'. 
Capitalists come in all colours and types, but their only purpose of existence is to protect and enhance the value of their capital and resulting influence.
Some become capitalists by earning it, some by inheriting it, many become capitalists by being corrupt or simply by stealing it. 
Capitalists …