Bharat Rakshak

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Bharat Rakshak
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Bharat Rakshak home page on 28 January 2007
Type of site
Military information and community website
Available in English
Owner Seetal Ramesh Patel
Website bharat-rakshak.com
Alexa rank Negative increase 51,167 (April 2014)[1]
Commercial Non-profit
Registration Optional (required for forum)
Launched 1 July 1997
Current status Active

Bharat Rakshak ("Defenders of India") is a website devoted to discussing India's military affairs. It was started and is run by military enthusiasts.

History[edit]

Bharat Rakshak was started in April 1997 by bringing together the individual websites of Indian Defence enthusiasts.[2] The website was officially launched on 1 July 1997 by Seetal Patel and Rupak Chattopadhyay. While the concept of Open Source intelligence, as defined by the United States intelligence community, is still evolving in India, Bharat Rakshak has been cited as a website that could be held in the same category as its western counterparts.[3] Forum has many members with experience in Indian Armed Forces and defence technology firms.

The site gained some notoriety in December 2007, when it was cited for leaking the Official War Histories written by the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) that had remained classified for sometime.[4]

Features[edit]

  • An active discussion forum, which has been referred to in the press as a think-tank of Indian military issues.[2]
  • Discussion forum has threads for their main categories:
  • The site also has detailed history on conflicts e.g. Siachen, and Kargil War
  • An online bookstore, which specialises in the sourcing of books related to the Indian Military.
  • A multimedia section, with a considerable number of video clippings and audio recordings of Military marches played by the bands of Indian Army, the Navy and Air Force. It also includes a significant collection of books devoted to various topics like Military History, Security Issues and Nuclear Issues. Their articles on nuclear issues have received press coverage.[5]

Related sites[edit]

On 15 August 2000, Bharat Rakshak launched a sister website called Amar Jawan. Amar Jawan website is dedicated to the personnel of India's Armed Forces, it means "Immortal Soldier" in Hindi.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bharat-rakshak.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ a b Cavale, Sangeeta (2004-01-25). "Online Celebration of the Nation". Times of India. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  3. ^ Bakshi, Prashant (2001-06-24). "Open Source Intelligence a 'Force Multiplier'". The Tribune. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  4. ^ Shukla, Ajai (2007-12-03). "History or Mystery". NDTV. New Delhi Tele Vision. Archived from the original on 13 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  5. ^ Bamzai, Kaveree (1999-04-14). "N-Sub Project -- George, Bhagwat Fight over who Leaked What". Indian Express. Retrieved 2008-02-06.