Saturday, November 27, 2010

Rafael Confirms Offer of Iron Dome, David's Sling to Indian Armed Forces

Mr. Lova Drori, Executive Vice President of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has confirmed in an interview that the Israeli defense major has offered two of its most advanced defensive weapon systems - Iron Dome and David's Sling -- to the Indian Armed Forces.

"We have lot of products that would interest Indian armed forces and we are talking to them about that, but we can't share more specific details about those products or programs. All I can share is that we are offering Iron Dome and David's Sling to the Indian armed forces." said Mr. Lova Drori, Executive Vice President, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems during the interview

November 2010 Interview with Mr. Lova Drori, Executive Vice President, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems (Please click on the link to read the interview).

Iron Dome is a mobile air defense system in development by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems designed to intercept short-range rockets and artillery shells. The system is being created as a defensive countermeasure to the rocket threat against Israel's civilian population on its northern and southern borders, and is expected to be deployed by the first quarter of 2011. It is designed to intercept very short-range threats up to 40 kilometers in all-weather situations.

David's Sling, also sometimes called Magic Wand, is an Israel Defense Forces military system being jointly developed by the Israeli defense contractor Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the American defense contractor Raytheon, designed to intercept medium-to-long range rockets and slower-flying cruise missiles, such as those possessed by Hezbollah, fired at ranges from 40 km to 300 km.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Aniruddha Poornima 2010

The long awaited day for which we all Shraddhavans wait eagerly wait for the entire year is finally to be celebrated on 21st November 2010. Yes, its the birthday of our beloved Param Poojya Aniruddha Bapu, which we better know as Aniruddha Poornima. This year's Aniruddha Poornima would be celebrated by Aniruddha Upasana Trust and its associated organisations on Sunday, 21st November 2010 as said earlier.

To remind all the readers, P. P. Bapu doesn't accept any gifts may it be in form of money, sweets, flowers, gift articles, precious metals, etc. As He has been telling us for so many years He only expects and accepts our Bhakti (Devotion), Prem (Love) and Seva (Service). The only exception to gifts being the Indian sweetmeat called as Appe which are P. P. Bapu's favourite and can certainly be offered. But again as Bapu doesn't accept anything from anyone these Appes are inturn distributed to all the visiting devotees as Prasad.

Visitors are requested to refrain from bringing Kapur (Camphor) Aarti. Also it would be great if visitors could carry an Uparna (shoulder cloth) individually. Carrying an uparna is believed to be extremely holy and helps the person to maximise his receivings of holy waves (Spandan).

Timings of the Celebrations:
Morning 10:00 am to evening 9:00 pm

Address of Celebrations
Sambhaji Ground,
Veer Savarkar Marg,
Navghar Road,
Near Mulund Gymkhana,
Mulund (East),
Mumbai - 400 081

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Why the Defense Offset Policy?

According to a report by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), India’s private sector gets just 14% of the defense business while the foreign military equipment manufacturers gain ~70% of the Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) contracts in value terms. The rest is supplied by the MoD’s businesses that consist of eight defense public sector undertakings (DPSUs) and 40 ordnance factories (OFs).

Any medium to large scale development project in aerospace sector demands enormous economic capability and therefore this industry depends on the government for research and development, infrastructure, etc. Such heavy government expenditure is further subject to political interests and protocols. The government wants to transform this constraint into a benefit via the offset clause, mentioned in the Defense Procurement Procedure (DPP) through private sector involvement.

The Indian defense offset policy or DPP-2008 states that any defense contract worth above US$65 million that MoD enters into with a foreign vendor shall make it mandatory for the vendor to source its equipment or services of a minimum of 30% from any public or private Indian partner. This means huge potential for Indian engineering manufacturers/service providers. The Indian defense expenditure for fiscal 2010-11 is around US$32 billion out of which 40% or US$12.8 billion is allocated for new acquisitions. Industry experts estimate that the defense expenditure is expected to be ~US$100 billion spread over next 5-10 years, which means direct benefit of an offset value of US$30 billion apart from direct contracts that defense ministry might offer to Indian players. With the implementation of the civil offset policy the potential will be much more.

Pouring Investments in Indian Aerospace & Defense Sector

Based on the advice of the Kelkar Committee, Indian government opened up the aerospace industry to the private sector. Following which, private players are partnering with State governments and foreign partners to set up aerospace special economic zones (SEZs) with a view to establish Aerospace ecosystems within India.

Prime Aerospace SEZ Participants within India (Operational and Planned)

Indian Aerospace Projects
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While companies are making significant investments, we will see the benefits for the industry over the next decade. Local companies will form joint-ventures with foreign companies and derive benefits of technology transfer, shift from licensed production to joint design, development and manufacture. These industry movements indicate that Indian A&D industry is geared up to capitalize on the offset policy benefits and so are the engineering service providers (ESPs) who have graduated from mere service providers to partners in manufacturing.

In conclusion
Indian aerospace and defense industry is at a very nascent stage with only one indigenous helicopter, a two-seater passenger aircraft and a fighter jet and a trainer to its credit. The defense offset policy will foster foreign partnerships with Indian engineering service providers and manufacturers and open up an opportunity for learning from processes, best-practices and technology transfer. From the sheer amount of interest and investment by the public-private partnerships in India to set up aerospace ecosystems and SEZs within India, the industry is certainly poised to grow. While large engineering service providers have already made the move to gain from defense offset policy, mid-size firms will follow suit. If India manages to emulate the success story of Brazil based Embraer Corporation which graduated from gaining through defense offset deals and successfully absorbed foreign aeronautic technologies to becoming world top-10 aerospace company, it will surely produce a couple of world-class aerospace manufacturing companies from India in next few decades. This will in turn open opportunities for companies present in the entire aerospace engineering value-chain. 

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Poojan to be Performed on Days of Diwali

The festival of
Diwali (also called as Deepavali) epitomizes prosperity, happiness and lights. This is the only day in the entire Hindu calendar when a new moon day is celebrated as a festival. On the day of Diwali though the sky is devoid of moon and its light but still the entire atmosphere is always enlighten and filled with lights of different colours and shades and filled with joy, crackers and sweet smell of foodstuffs.

Our P. P. Nandai is the Goddess that precides over this entire festival inform of Goddess Mahalaxmi. She has described to us the ways in which we should perform poojan on days of Padwa and Laxmi Poojan to make them more sactious and meaning. 
Poojan to be Performed on the Day of Padwa

Shraddhavans should get up early in the morning and in the wee hours should perform the below described ritual.

* We should clean our house with broom and collect the waste on a cardboard.

* After this we should enlighten a light made from dough in which we should use ghee as fuel.

*We should then place a sweet (foodstuff) on the cardboard.

* We should then take this cardboard (with all the stuffs on it) around our entire house.

* One person should follow this person who is carrying cardboard with a plate which should be beaten to produce sound.

* We should place our old broom outside our house in a corner.

* We should then place this cardboard besides this broom and carry both of these things to be throw in the garbage bin near our house. 

* We should then join our hands and pray saying the following words "ईडा, पीडा टलो, बळीचे राज्ययेवो" ("Let all the unholy come to end and let there be rule of King Bali").

Poojan to be Performed on the Day of Laxmi Poojan
* We should keep 5 fruits & a mixture of coriander seeds and jaggery as holy offering (

* We should keep a new broom on the starting line of our house (उंबरठा) and offer kumkum and turmeric powder (haldi) to it  and offer the following prayer " हे लक्ष्मीमाते - नंदामाते, तू नेहमी माझ्या चुका दाखव. आईच्या मायेने माझ्या अंगावरून हात फिरव. बहिणीसारखे वाटेतील काटे काढ, पापणिच्या केसासारखा माझ्या मनातील व घरातील कचरा काढ आणि माझ्या घरात नंदामाते मते तू सतत वावरत रहा ही तुझ्या चरणी प्रार्थना." ("Oh Goddess Lakshmi i.e. my P. P. Nandai, You always bring my mistakes to my notice. Shower love on me like my mother. Be my sister and remove obstacles in my way. Remove dirt from my house and mind like an eyelid. And finally I pray and urge You to stay in my house for ever").

Finally wishing all the readers a very happy and prosperous new year and a happy diwali. May P.P. Bapu, P.P. Nandai and P.P. Suchitmama bless you all.

One interesting fact about Diwali which not many of us know about is Diwali is an official holiday in 9 countries which includes India, Guyana, Mauritius, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, 
Trinidad & Tobago, Myanmar, Fiji, and Suriname).

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


This is to inform all the bhaktas that the celebrations for Shree Dhanalaxmi Utsav - Shree Yantra Pujan 2010, will be celebrated on this Wednesday by Sadguru Aniruddha Upasana Foundation.

Date of Festival:
3rd November 2010

Timings of Festival:
From 9.00 am to 9.00 pm

Venue for Festival:
New English School,
(Shree Hari Guru Gram),
Bandra (East),
Mumbai 400 051.

Bhaktas are requested to carry the Shree Yantra that is installed at their homes, for it to be recharged (perform pujan) at the festival venue.Over the years Param Poojya Aniruddha Bapu, Param Poojya Nandai, Param Poojya Suchitdada along with Poojya Samirdada have graced and blessed this occasion by being personally present at the festival. Darshan facility would also be extended to all the bhaktas who would be present.

Background of Shree Yantra:

The first Shree Yantra was commissioned at Shree Kshetra Gurukul (Juinagar). The image of Shree Yantra has been placed for the benefit and darshan of the devotees over there. This Yantra was initially worshipped for 33 days at Shree Kshetra Gurukul (Juinagar).

Shree Yantra signifies the primeval energy of this universe, the Shri Shakti. The next five generations of the person taking this Shree Yantra home will receive blessings and fruits of this action. We must recognize the importance and presence of this Shree Yantra and this has been gifted to all the bhaktas and will help them right till the end of life. Every year on the day of Dhanteras (Dhanalaxmi Pujan) it is worshipped and prayed. The presence of Shri Mahalaxmi Mata (Chida-Nanda) in each devotees' house is in certainty with the installation this Shri Yantra.

Donation of Diwali Pharal:
Further, devotees can donate Diwali Pharal (snacks prepared for Diwali viz., chivada, chakli, sev, kadboli, ladoo, karanji, kanola, shankarpali, anarsa, etc) at the special counter set up by Shree Aniruddha Upasana Foundation at Shree Hari Guru Gram during the celebrations of this festival. This collected Pharal is then distributed for free to all needy and poor fellow citizens. Bhaktas should note that the Pharal will accepted only on Dhanlaxmi Poojan day.

The celebrations culminate with a grand ceremony of Maha-Aarti which is worth attending.