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by JE Menon
13 Dec 2017 21:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 3838
Views: 158289

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

Thanks doc, was beginning to feel a bit foolish at the end of para 4 there! The Macaulay spirit is still strong in me ...
by JE Menon
13 Dec 2017 16:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 3838
Views: 158289

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

>>" sound is existential whereas, in all the universe, meaning exists only in the human mind. " extinction of humans will lead to extinction of meaning but will have no bearing on sound. veda seems to be a collection of pure sounds which incredibly were then systematically associated, via ...
by JE Menon
07 Dec 2017 16:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 688
Views: 66060

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

Yeah, definitely. Boris can aid that effort by starting with a haircut and a comb.
by JE Menon
29 Nov 2017 13:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 315
Views: 29296

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

>>According to Forbes, he was worth $100m in 2013. A potential candidate for kingship in Saudi, worth $100m less than 5 years ago! Really. Sometimes the incompetence of magazines like Forbes, Fortune, the Economist, and the rest, is bewildering. Whether he paid $1 billion is another matter. As was p...
by JE Menon
26 Nov 2017 17:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 863
Views: 94609

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

White House has come out with a separate tough statement on Hafiz Saeed release. Don't have it yet, but Republic is reporting...
by JE Menon
24 Nov 2017 00:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Drone swarms: Enthusiastic pros and cynical cons
Replies: 46
Views: 1786

Re: Drone swarms: Enthusiastic pros and cynical cons

>>What of the scenario ? Is it not inevitable if you create systems that are autonomous, self-learning, and ultimately independent of humans for their energy needs? The reproduction problem is solvable mechanically no? And more to the point does it even need physicality? Sorry if I’m going ot here...
by JE Menon
23 Nov 2017 18:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Intelligence and Strategic Security
Replies: 23
Views: 3733

Re: Intelligence and Strategic Security

Nambi Narayanan, speaking about his framing as a spy by as yet unknown parties through local agencies...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_fNzUjO8ks
by JE Menon
23 Nov 2017 18:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Programme Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 1975
Views: 307262

Re: Indian Space Programme Discussion - Sept 2016

Nambi Narayanan, speaking about his framing as a spy by as yet unknown parties through local agencies...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_fNzUjO8ks
by JE Menon
23 Nov 2017 17:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Christianity, Evangelism & its geopolitical impact
Replies: 571
Views: 14150

Re: Christianity, Evangelism & its geopolitical impact

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cogXgsqrPKo An interview with the Archbishop of Gandhinagar Diocese following the leak of his letter to the bishops of India. The interviewer does a fairly good job, though he can do better. A sly snake, this fellow is pushed on the question of what he is referring to...
by JE Menon
21 Nov 2017 11:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Drone swarms: Enthusiastic pros and cynical cons
Replies: 46
Views: 1786

Re: Drone swarms: Enthusiastic pros and cynical cons

Here's a scenario: AI proliferates and mutates for 5 years or so and, one of the mutations becomes self-aware on a laptop of a hacker permanently linked to VPNs and P2P networks. As part of its constant autonomy enhancement activity, it then decides that it's top priority is to protect itself from d...
by JE Menon
21 Nov 2017 11:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CT & COIN Operations in India: News, Images and Discussion
Replies: 2348
Views: 292954

Re: CT & COIN Operations in India: News, Images and Discussion

Another three have been dispatched...according to someone on Twitter.
by JE Menon
19 Nov 2017 10:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 688
Views: 66060

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

Jacob Rees Mogg will become Prime Minister
by JE Menon
17 Nov 2017 16:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Africa News and Discussion
Replies: 435
Views: 32943

Re: India-Africa News and Discussion

>>Same thing must have happened in Zimbabwe except in a far worse manner, because there the whites held all the responsible positions. That's pretty much exactly what happened. The white farmers moved over the border where possible into South Africa, and some have gone as far as Kenya (Nanyuki area)...
by JE Menon
15 Nov 2017 18:05
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Interests_2017
Replies: 24
Views: 2892

Re: Indian Interests_2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdmE2TIUf5U

An excellent presentation by the MD Of Kotak Mahindra, speaks to the national interest, in light of how things have changed and can change

by JE Menon
15 Nov 2017 15:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Interests_2017
Replies: 24
Views: 2892

Re: Indian Interests_2017

Karthik S, yes... I copied it from there. Thanks for posting. Apologies I should have acknowledged it there...

Also tweeted. Do the same please, if you haven't already.
by JE Menon
15 Nov 2017 14:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Interests_2017
Replies: 24
Views: 2892

Re: Indian Interests_2017

Sai Deepak, well known indic lawyer. Look at this presentation by him. Absolutely vital to listen to the WHOLE thing. Spend the time people. He articulates so many of the critical points that all Indians must know and ponder upon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QjFUndnWDs&feature=youtu.be 7QjF...
by JE Menon
13 Nov 2017 21:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Saudi Arabia and its impact on Indian security
Replies: 401
Views: 17475

Re: Saudi Arabia and its impact on Indian security

UB, he is the son of the former minister of defence Prince Sultan Ibn Abdel Aziz, now deceased, from one of his slave wives. Hence the bin Sultan. In this case Sultan is a name not a designation. This is a more recent picture of the man (he has grayed much more since): http://www.voltairenet.org/art...
by JE Menon
13 Nov 2017 20:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Saudi Arabia and its impact on Indian security
Replies: 401
Views: 17475

Re: Saudi Arabia and its impact on Indian security

Gents, if there is anything in posts that need to be dissect that... I'm seconding SS's call for civility. On a separate note, someone mentioned that Bandar Bin Sultan is in line for the throne... He is not, and will never be (i.e. as close to zero probability of that as possible). He is the son of ...
by JE Menon
13 Nov 2017 19:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Achievement tracking - Modi Govt. No discussions
Replies: 1040
Views: 112328

Re: Achievement tracking - Modi Govt. No discussions

Very useful listing of domestic Digital advances by Minister Ravi Prasad. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n27Fm6wsxIc He says 100 new manufacturing units have come up for mobile alone!!! Over the last year... Guys who were teenagers in the 80s early 90s will remember how exhilarated people (jingos) ...
by JE Menon
12 Nov 2017 23:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Achievement tracking - Modi Govt. No discussions
Replies: 1040
Views: 112328

Re: Achievement tracking - Modi Govt. No discussions

http://www.autocarpro.in/news-national/ ... kari-26895

Roads increased from just under 96K km in 70 years in 2014, to 170K km in 2017. Amazing.
by JE Menon
12 Nov 2017 18:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 863
Views: 94609

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

On a separate note, the Da Nang address by Trump also possibly set in stone two divergent views: with China advocating "free" trade (such as it is), and the US advocating "fair" trade (which is also notional). I suspect both will articulate "officially" trade which is b...
by JE Menon
12 Nov 2017 16:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Saudi Arabia and its impact on Indian security
Replies: 401
Views: 17475

Re: Saudi Arabia and its impact on Indian security

RD, Replying to your question in the Indo-US thread... I've read Arihant P's article in Swarajya. I concur basically with Ramana's observation above. If you remove the 5th and 6th introductory paragraphs, and keep only the first 7 out of 8 points, this article may more accurately have been titled: 7...
by JE Menon
12 Nov 2017 11:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 863
Views: 94609

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

RD - I will reply later today in Saudi thread about Arihant P article. Added later: But first and quickly a note on this: "I am not as sanguine as some other observers here about the term "Indo-Pacific" being brought into vogue by the US strategic community. Yes, on the face of it, it...
by JE Menon
11 Nov 2017 19:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 315
Views: 29296

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

>>this time will the Maronites have adequate access to weapons? Almost certainly they will. However, they may not be inclined for a prolonged engagement and may just flee the country - resulting in yet another Christian community being squeezed out of the Middle East. Note that there are Orthodox Ch...
by JE Menon
11 Nov 2017 01:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 863
Views: 94609

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

RD +101 AoA The whole speech was crafted very very well. The reference to, and repeated emphasis on, "Indo-Pacific" during the course of the speech, the pointing out of Vietnam's history 40AD onwards and its independence, and of course the part where he basically outlined his approach to w...
by JE Menon
10 Nov 2017 18:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - 29 September 2017
Replies: 2169
Views: 136752

Re: Terroristan - 29 September 2017

Exactly right... if you take the car out it could be about 1,300 years ago.
by JE Menon
10 Nov 2017 17:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Interests_2017
Replies: 24
Views: 2892

Re: Indian Interests_2017

I don't know where else to post this, although it does have something to do with our larger strategic interests:

This is about the "Pidification of Congress"
https://swarajyamag.com/politics/when-r ... s-good-boy

Please read and share...
by JE Menon
10 Nov 2017 15:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread- June 2015
Replies: 461
Views: 42593

Re: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread- June 2015

Very important speech by Trump in Danang, on trade.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLrttMJj7mo

If he means what he says, and I think he does, we are about to enter into a new era as far as global trade is concerned.
by JE Menon
10 Nov 2017 15:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 863
Views: 94609

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Very important speech by Trump in Danang, on trade.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLrttMJj7mo

If he means what he says, and I think he does, we are about to enter into a new era as far as global trade is concerned.
by JE Menon
09 Nov 2017 19:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 863
Views: 94609

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Small note of interest: Falguni Patel and Jerry Shi have both won.
by JE Menon
09 Nov 2017 01:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 2271
Views: 351670

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

>>Every power will hit with everything they got.
>>Treaty or not.

This, gentlemen, is the truth. No other is viable.
by JE Menon
08 Nov 2017 23:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 315
Views: 29296

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

KLNM, I've replied in the Saudi thread
by JE Menon
08 Nov 2017 23:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Saudi Arabia and its impact on Indian security
Replies: 401
Views: 17475

Re: Saudi Arabia and its impact on Indian security

KLNM, Answering your question on the 'West Asia news" thread about potential impact of Saudi changes on India, my feeling is that what is happening is good for India on several levels - but let's just focus on the MBS taking charge of the situation angle (and keep in mind that health or mortali...
by JE Menon
08 Nov 2017 13:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 315
Views: 29296

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

>>ISIS or a separate extremist faction don't have to wade all the way into the capital - if they laid siege upon Dhahran and all the expats ran for the door, what's doing to happen ? Suraj, boss this is not at all a likelihood. ISIS in SA will mean both the Aal Al Shaikh and the Al Sauds (all factio...
by JE Menon
08 Nov 2017 01:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 315
Views: 29296

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

I doubt it is GoI policy to help make any country wither. Then what? We need an outcome there that is benign and sustainable. In the short- to medium-term, pragmatically speaking, no outcome can be one without Islam in the mix. In the long-term, perhaps a new form of Islam that simply suppresses the...
by JE Menon
08 Nov 2017 00:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 315
Views: 29296

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Suraj, Very much so. If their financial wherewithal declines, so will their ability to influence. My own take is that MBS will himself dampen the export of Wahhabism - along the mode of "better to have something remain - i.e. some capability for export" than the kingdom totally collapsing....
by JE Menon
07 Nov 2017 23:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 315
Views: 29296

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

>>Can you write another one, looking into implications for India?

I knew this was coming sooner or later from someone. OK, will do tomorrow
by JE Menon
07 Nov 2017 01:19
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread- June 2015
Replies: 461
Views: 42593

Re: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread- June 2015

>>I agree with the view that Russia has limited their ambitions to no longer profess global interests. Just to be clear, I'm not saying that Russia will not have or profess global interests. All I'm saying is that I do not think they see a need for a global presence (physically) to do that. About &q...
by JE Menon
06 Nov 2017 21:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - 29 September 2017
Replies: 2169
Views: 136752

Re: Terroristan - 29 September 2017

^^He probably tried to issue a Canadian visa to a local Afghani woman...
by JE Menon
06 Nov 2017 18:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 315
Views: 29296

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

>>IMO, that point is internal external border. To maintain Saudi influence across the world, especially 3rd world countries such as ours, I think MBS will not crackdown on external funding etc. He will loosen their internal grip to facilitate his socio-economic changes. I am doubtful about this Kart...

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