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The intrepid Abhilash and GGR 2022-Part IV

The Intrepid Abhilash and GGR 2022 - Episode IV

GGR 2022 has concluded with the final two participants crossing the finish line - in the French port of Les Sables D'olonnes
and a historic race has drawn to a close.

Cdr Abhilash Tomy, the intrepid Indian Navy sailor who was injured in GGR 2018, resolved to enter the race again in 2022 after undergoing complex surgery
and has proven to himself and the world that he 'could do it'- with a flourish.

In this episode  (which was recorded prior to the conclusion of the race) Vice Admiral IC Rao who has been a 'sutradhar' for those following GGR 2022 explains in rich detail the sailing conditions in the Bay of Biscay and the challenges faced by the finalists. 

(By special arrangement with Vaaka Media)

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The intrepid Abhilash and GGR 2022 Episode II

The Intrepid Abhilash and GGR 2022 - Episode II

This  race is deemed to be the  world’s most challenging ocean sailing race , where finalists cover nearly  26,000 nautical miles – or almost 52,000 kms across the three oceans. GGR 2022 will conclude around April 29.

The final phase is nail-biting, with the three participants metaphorically in a neck-to-neck position, as they race towards the French port village Les Sable D’olonne.

The two leading boats can be deemed podium winners, irrespective of who glides in first towards the finish line and both Ms.  Kirsten , the woman sailor from South Africa and  Cdr. Abhilash from India are to be commended for their grit and perseverance.  

However, as in all matters maritime – the oceans can come up with uncertainties and surprises – so we must wait for the official results .

In today’s chat we are  glad to introduce our two guests Vice Admiral IC Rao  – the ‘sutradhar’   for  those in India following GGR  2022 . For those  who heard the first podcast,  he needs no introduction – a sailing enthusiast whose knowledge of the domain is  deep and extensive.

Our second  guest is Ms. Kshama Fernandes, a high octane finance professional and  founding member of Northern Arc Capital which she headed for a decade from 2012 to 2022.  Among other feathers in her cap,  Kshama  is among the very few non military Indian women sailors who have  crossed the Atlantic in a sailboat. She did this  in 2016 with a four-member  all woman crew.

(By special arrangement with Vaaka Media)

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Commodore C Uday Bhaskar on the topic of India-China competition in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR)

Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (retd) on the India-China competition in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR)/SAM Conversation

Omkar Bhole from ORCA speaks with Commodore C Uday Bhaskar on the topic of India-China competition in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Commodore Bhaskar elaborates on China’s assertiveness in IOR as a result of its rising maritime strength. The discussion ranges from China’s growing naval expenditure especially on modernization, to its surveillance ship being docked at Hambantota port in Sri Lanka. Commodore Bhaskar opines that all these developments have created serious security concerns for India and it must act soon to counter China’s maritime challenge in the IOR.

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India's Internal Security Challenges | SAM Public Lecture at India International Centre on September 27, 2022

India's Internal Security Challenges | SAM Public Lecture at India International Centre on September 27, 2022

India's Internal Security Challenges | SAM Public Lecture at India International Centre on September 27, 2022

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