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by Skanda
19 Oct 2020 05:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 8112
Views: 1078233

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Sorry for bringing this up. The GD thread is long gone.

As the US elections come closer, there will be a tendency for the US India thread to invariably veer off discussions elections. Can a new thread be created just to discuss US elections and the other threads be spared.
by Skanda
07 Oct 2020 00:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 8112
Views: 1078233

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Hardly any real punishment for govt entities. ‘It is like Draupadi’s Cheerharan’: Four get life imprisonment for gang-raping Dalit woman in Alwar, Rajasthan while husband held hostage https://www.opindia.com/2020/10/rajasthan-alwar-dalit-woman-gang-rape-convicted/ Is it too much to expect Judges to...
by Skanda
22 Sep 2020 22:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 8112
Views: 1078233

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

I think its because he is frustrated by the inability & unwillingness of BJP to even touch topics which are civilizationally important for us: Culture ministry, Education have all been a joke. Its all vikas, a breadcrumb or two thrown the Hindu way & a futile attempt to get some Muslim vote...
by Skanda
19 Aug 2020 23:05
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding New China after 19th Congress
Replies: 322
Views: 48700

Re: Understanding New China after 19th Congress

Suraj, always excellent points. Maybe for another thread, but 2 questions: 1. There has been enough experiences and circumstances world-wide to see that the transition from non-democratic setups to democracy is often bloody and destructive. For eg: Iraq has never really recovered. Yet we have people...
by Skanda
19 Aug 2020 13:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 8112
Views: 1078233

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Book Discussion on '2019: How Modi Won India' by Rajdeep Sardesai Part 1 Book Discussion on '2019: How Modi Won India' by Rajdeep Sardesai Part 2 Sorry to derail this thread. I took the pain of watching these videos and see Rajdeeps attempt to explain the Modi phenomenon. The 90-minute 2-part video...
by Skanda
18 Aug 2020 23:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - November 11, 2019
Replies: 1927
Views: 465908

Re: Terroristan - November 11, 2019

KMV21RPuJ3Q Pakis trying to put a positive spin on it. So, a question I don't understand. When you go to visit a head of a state, I used to think every formality is decided by bureaucrats down to the last minute. How can you show up in another country and not secure a meeting? Unless, the Saudis as...
by Skanda
18 Aug 2020 00:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 8112
Views: 1078233

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Some RW people I talk to go into raptures when some peacefool people join the BJP or Congis defect to the BJP, but they don't realize that this is watering down the party and gradually after a point BJP will become another Congress. Cong was also pro Hindu at some point and then it became an Islami...
by Skanda
17 Aug 2020 07:19
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 4643
Views: 764162

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

https://twitter.com/pardesseleh/status/1295024243596550144?s=21
There is a video in that tweet. Interview is slightly NSFW. It’s hilarious.
by Skanda
14 Aug 2020 23:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 4643
Views: 764162

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

https://twitter.com/drishtikone/status/1293874685697036291?s=20 Kamala Harris : “Under Trump, the state department has been decimated and we don’t have an ambassador to Pakistan anymore. I will change that because to have influence in Kashmir we need a representative and that is Pakistan.” #HarrisHa...
by Skanda
13 Aug 2020 22:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 5234
Views: 968262

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

Yes, that my point too. Trump will ban WeChat in US. He can't ban WeChat in China. The Chinese in China can still use WeChat on a phone of their choice to do any transaction. So, Chinese in China can use iPhone with WeChat to go and buy a Ford in China. What am I missing here. Trump cannot ban WeCha...
by Skanda
13 Aug 2020 22:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 5234
Views: 968262

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

Apple, Ford, and Walmart lobbying against WeChat ban "For those who don't live in China, they don't understand how vast the implications are if American companies aren't allowed to use it" What you need to know U.S. companies are lobbying against an executive order targeting WeChat. Apple...
by Skanda
09 Jul 2020 22:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 8112
Views: 1078233

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Sanjay Jha leaving. Guha openly defying the mafia queen. Looks like people have got wind of a storm coming to the ghandy family. Rats ..sinking ship . Not to forget, the Judiciary is showing some spine here and there. IMHO this was always why Congress could muzzle everyone while building coalition ...
by Skanda
07 Jul 2020 09:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - November 11, 2019
Replies: 1927
Views: 465908

Re: Terroristan - November 11, 2019

PCB struggling to find sponsor for team The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is struggling to find a sponsor for the side, after only one company showed interest during the bidding process. The PCB’s last sponsorship contract, with a beverage company, has already expired, which is why the Pakistan squa...
by Skanda
03 Jun 2020 22:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 5327
Views: 707385

Re: Understanding the US - Again

As an outsider with no skin in the game and a curious onlooker of the current events in US, i am astonished how quickly things seems to have gotten so totally out of control. Also could not make sense of the protests in Amsterdam, London, Paris and NZ. These are not US expats/immigrants in these co...
by Skanda
26 May 2020 22:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 8112
Views: 1078233

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Arogya Setu requires people's confidence for it to be successful. These loonies can wreck that confidence. So, the potential downside of refusing to open source will be far higher than the risk due to open sourcing. The call to open source the app was never about individual safety or security conce...
by Skanda
30 Apr 2020 22:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 4643
Views: 764162

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Is anyone following the news from NYC on the bodies being stacked up in a U-Haul truck near a funeral home? Dozens of bodies found in unrefrigerated U-Haul trucks outside NYC funeral home A funeral home in New York City overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic resorted to storing dozens of bodies in ...
by Skanda
08 Apr 2020 21:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 8112
Views: 1078233

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Mukesh.Kumar wrote:Apparently on Indian SM he is popular by a new name- Saucy Bhaiya


The male version of Savita Bhabi
by Skanda
25 Feb 2020 22:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 7697
Views: 836265

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Iran's deputy health minister: I have coronavirus Iran’s deputy health minister said he has contracted the coronavirus and placed himself in isolation, a day after appearing feverish at a press conference in which he downplayed its spread in the shrine city of Qom and said mass quarantines were unn...
by Skanda
19 Feb 2020 23:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 7697
Views: 836265

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-is-the-real-sick-man-of-asia-11580773677 China Is the Real Sick Man of Asia Its financial markets may be even more dangerous than its wildlife markets. By Walter Russell Mead ... If Beijing’s geopolitical footprint shrank as a result, the global consequences might...
by Skanda
07 Feb 2020 23:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 7697
Views: 836265

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Dashboard from John Hopkins tracking Corona Virus

Mainland China
31213 Affected
(618 +Delta) Deaths (only in Hubei), Delta indicates rest of the provinces are in single digits
(867 + Delta) Recovered (only in Hubei) Delta indicates rest of the provinces are in single digits
by Skanda
03 Feb 2020 22:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 7697
Views: 836265

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

In the last 24hrs, I have seen videos where 1. Pets have been thrown out on the streets and killed by their owners since the owners are afraid of the pets being carriers for the corona virus. 2. Man jumps of the bridge, because he tried a couple of hospitals, all of which were crowded and he couldnt...
by Skanda
24 Jan 2020 22:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 8112
Views: 1078233

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

My Guess is that Govt will clean up this Jehadi protest post Budget session of Parl. Right now they want the political parties to take a stand and show on which side they are. Post Delhi elections. Given that removing them will involve force and some people are bound to get hurt, especially when wo...
by Skanda
24 Jan 2020 03:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Chicken Little and Black Swan. Disaster Avoidance
Replies: 97
Views: 10737

Re: Chicken Little and Black Swan. Disaster Avoidance

Experts Can't Agree If the Wuhan Virus Is a Global Crisis A new virus that originated in China has all the marking of a global crisis: It emerged suddenly and proved to be deadly. It crossed borders easily, and requires immediate, coordinated efforts between countries to contain it. Taken together,...
by Skanda
24 Jan 2020 03:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 8112
Views: 1078233

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

I just had a thought. With Amit Shah refusing to budge and Yogi Adityanath upping the ante, almost calling Muslim men as eunuchs, the BJP has perhaps crossed the "hindu-muslim bhai-bhai" rubicon permanently. They perhaps clearly know that Muslims will never vote for them and they seem to b...
by Skanda
23 Jan 2020 03:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 8112
Views: 1078233

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Before CAA, string of government orders made it impossible for Muslim migrants to get Indian citizenship BENGALURU/MUMBAI: Even as protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act rage across India, a review of government orders (GO) by TOI shows that the government has been steadily placing hurdles i...
by Skanda
04 Jan 2020 04:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 8112
Views: 1078233

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

A costly mistake by protesters Communalism had existed in Indian society even before 2014 when the BJP came to power. But till then it was latent and erupted only occasionally . After 2014 it has become open, virulent and continuous. Indian society is much more polarised now. Katju being Katju, goo...
by Skanda
20 Dec 2019 06:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 4643
Views: 764162

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Top Indian official abruptly cancels meeting with congressional leaders over Kashmir criticisms India’s external affairs minister abruptly canceled a meeting with senior members of Congress this week after U.S. lawmakers refused demands to exclude a congresswoman who has criticized the Indian gover...
by Skanda
20 Dec 2019 00:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 6664
Views: 760575

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

The "nationwide protests" are the equivalent of the fa*t in the thunderstorm. ONE bus-burning and stone-pelting outside ONE small dump, promptly slapped down by polis with only canes and tear gas. Some hope given that the judiciary is also showing some spine. I think NM-AS strategy is &qu...
by Skanda
19 Dec 2019 04:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 6664
Views: 760575

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

CRamS wrote:
KLNMurthy wrote:Opindia.com writers are doing a good job systematically researching and exposing the issues and the players. Can someone with contacts please alert them to the Haas School blueprint so that they can bring it out?


Yes, that reminds me. Need to subscribe to them.


Please support them as well.
by Skanda
06 Dec 2019 08:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 4987
Views: 719516

Re: Internal Security Watch

As the Ryan International School case showed, the Police, in their zeal to solve high profile crimes, sometimes arrest the wrong persons. In this case, were they trying to cover up ineptitude? Have the real killers escaped? We may never know. There was a scroll/wire article that profiled the mother...
by Skanda
06 Dec 2019 08:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 4987
Views: 719516

Re: Internal Security Watch

Seems like they were shot when they were reconstructing the scene for evidence. They apparently escaped and were done with. But then, who tries to reconstruct evidence at 2.30AM?
by Skanda
06 Dec 2019 08:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 4987
Views: 719516

Re: Internal Security Watch

... All 4 accused in Hyderabad vet rape and murder case killed in police encounter https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/all-4-hyderabad-vet-rape-murder-accused-killed-in-police-encounter-1625670-2019-12-06 Will be interesting to know whom the liberal media will Lynch now given that Telangana has n...
by Skanda
06 Dec 2019 08:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 3724
Views: 688338

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

vishvak wrote:
Sanju wrote:Twitter Ibn Sina

Came under central waqf board. link


Wait, if the JK Waqf board can be “removed” by the GOI, can the central Waqf board also be dissolved By the GOI. Hypothetically.
by Skanda
25 Sep 2019 10:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 5327
Views: 707385

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Best Moments From The Lewandowski Hearing


Please see the video. Absolutely hilarious. You have to constantly keep reminding yourself that this actually happened.
by Skanda
19 Sep 2019 21:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 6664
Views: 760575

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

pankajs wrote:After meeting Modi now this. Mumtaz Banoo ji is worried about something.

Her body posture actually displays that. Amit is calm, at ease with arm and legs spread out. Mamatha is wrapping herself with her own arms. Clearly, the picture shows who is in control and who is not.
by Skanda
18 Sep 2019 23:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 2903
Views: 571020

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

I hope there is some clear strategy behind India repeatedly (first for President, now for PM) asking for clearance for VVIP use of Pakistani airspace. Both have been turned down, publicly asked by India and publicly turned down by Pakistan. ... . Could be Indian bureaucratic process as well. Govt o...
by Skanda
28 Aug 2019 01:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 6664
Views: 760575

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Nidhi's twitter account is active.
by Skanda
16 Aug 2019 01:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4971
Views: 1215005

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

How did she do that? Can our radars also pick up AMRAMMs mounted on the F16 or was that based on "F16 are capable of carrying AMRAAM, so let me inform the pilots of this possibility?" Pardon ... P.S. I have not seen the youtube video above. Perhaps Sqn Ldr Aggarwal explains it in there. S...
by Skanda
14 Aug 2019 23:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4971
Views: 1215005

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

How did she do that? Can our radars also pick up AMRAMMs mounted on the F16 or was that based on "F16 are capable of carrying AMRAAM, so let me inform the pilots of this possibility?"

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