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by Arjun
04 Jul 2018 21:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 310879

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

The 2006 paper by R. Premathilake, "The emergence of early agriculture in the Horton Plains, central Sri Lanka: linked to late Pleistocene and early Holocene climatic changes" seems to have been pretty much ignored, if one goes by the number of citations this paper has received. We should...
by Arjun
04 Jul 2018 11:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 310879

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

Folks, You will find the contents of this article very exciting. And the article does provide background references (clickable links). Do download those papers and read them. http://indiafacts.org/how-old-is-indian-agriculture/ Amazing stuff NIlesh Fantastic stuff! Traditional history of origin of ...
by Arjun
13 Jun 2018 10:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 310879

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

Caravan article about a month back carried a different spin on it from what Niraj Rai is saying now....http://www.caravanmagazine.in/vantage/indus-valley-genetic-contribution-steppes-rakhigarhi I guess it will boil down to how he can prove that these burials are associated with Vedic period or ritua...
by Arjun
03 Apr 2018 08:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 310879

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

Who are these 'Iranian farmers' the paper keeps referring to? The Aryan Iranians or the pre-Aryan Sumerians and Elamites ??
by Arjun
23 Mar 2018 09:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2304
Views: 284193

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

Yeah...amidst all the ass-licking from India, China was openly passing on its anti-missile technology to Pakistan ! Very obviously, India is looking for something in particular from China at this proposed meet. Whatever it is, looks unlikely that India will get what it wants - and then we go back to...
by Arjun
19 Mar 2018 22:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1884
Views: 236064

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Some links on the issue from an alum of 'alleged' cream of Indian institutes: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/education/news/Just-2-of-Isros-engineers-are-from-IITs-NITs/articleshow/43458127.cms https://www.quora.com/Only-2-of-ISRO-employees-graduated-from-IITs-Why-is-the-number-so-low http...
by Arjun
17 Mar 2018 13:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1884
Views: 236064

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

There are currently family sponsored preference, employment preference and diversity quotas in place - ie they are subject to annual limits. There are no limits for immediate family members of US citizens and for refugees. If we move towards a system whereby the immigration visas for immediate famil...
by Arjun
17 Mar 2018 12:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2304
Views: 284193

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

Obviously we will always cooperate with China on climate change, and other such areas which are not core to foreign policy! As far as core areas of strategic concern go - conflict and cooperation with China will continue, but will be largely driven by how China behaves in response to Indian concerns.
by Arjun
17 Mar 2018 11:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2304
Views: 284193

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

If China is not going to roll back its anti-India initiatives, it would be quite stupid to cooperate with China on trade. You have got to use all possible measures to ensure China cooperates. I am sure Modi will be conveying this in quite blunt terms. And - of course India will take part a leadershi...
by Arjun
17 Mar 2018 11:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2304
Views: 284193

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

Seems to me that Modi is preparing to give China one last chance to see if they behave. I fully support that initiative....if they do not respond as expected and rollback their various anti-India initiatives like Modi will ask of them - we will then go back to taking leadership role in the anti-Chin...
by Arjun
17 Mar 2018 11:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1884
Views: 236064

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

If we are interested in sheer numbers - we have already established that emphasis on merit based emigration is the one that will maximize this for Indians. I differ with you on the implications to Indian Amercans of the move to merit-based immigration. Anycase, lets wait for the details of the new i...
by Arjun
17 Mar 2018 10:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1884
Views: 236064

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

We need our little Indias, we need the cab drivers and motel owners and small businessmen and temple purohits. . There are and will always be specialist visas for priests, chefs and other such specialized professions. Supply of desi retail stores will only depend on the demand for these stores - an...
by Arjun
11 Mar 2018 00:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1884
Views: 236064

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Ok fine...Doesn't change the fact that Catholics + Orthodox are the majority among Indian Christians, but Protestants rule in Indian American Christian circles. I am saying good likelihood of a significant percentage being first generation converts in the US, while you are saying they are likely 2nd...
by Arjun
10 Mar 2018 23:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1884
Views: 236064

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Supratik, I am aware of the history of Catholics / Orthodox / Protestants in India. As regards numbers, my information was very much from wiki... Catholics number 19.9 Mil out of total Christian population of 28 Million. Orthodox Christians would be at least another 2.5 Mil. (https://en.wikipedia.or...
by Arjun
09 Mar 2018 22:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1884
Views: 236064

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Supratik, 70% of Indian Christians are Catholic whereas the situation is the reverse in the case of Indian Americans. Also, while Goan / Mangalorean Catholics and Syrian Christians are known to be enterprising communities, there are no equivalents I can think of in the Protestant case (possibly Chri...
by Arjun
09 Mar 2018 00:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1884
Views: 236064

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Jains and Sikhs are highly overrepresented compared to their Indian population share - both of which are understandable given the dynamics within the two communities. Christians, if one gives credence to the PEW survey, are as high as 18% - broken up as 11% Protestant, 5% Catholic and 3% others. Cat...
by Arjun
08 Mar 2018 09:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1884
Views: 236064

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

If the intent is to increase the overall number of Indian Americans in the US, its fairly obvious as to which route would achieve this purpose faster: Immigration Pathways for Indians in the US After Mexico and China, India was the third largest country of origin for new lawful permanent residents (...
by Arjun
05 Mar 2018 10:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2304
Views: 284193

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

To be fair, there are a number of social media based credit scoring systems being used in the West and India...what's the difference out here ?
by Arjun
05 Mar 2018 09:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2304
Views: 284193

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

Interesting that both the governments in China and Turkey, traditional Paki backers, are showing their true colours and 'coming out of the closet' at around the same time....Will an Axis of Evil become much more evident over the next 5 years, in a throwback to the world of the 1930s ?
by Arjun
02 Mar 2018 12:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2304
Views: 284193

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

http://www.timesnownews.com/india/artic ... ina/204005

The clarification from MEA does not address whether the supposed advisory is true or not...
by Arjun
02 Mar 2018 10:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1884
Views: 236064

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

American dream becoming more elusive? This is why Indian immigrants won’t benefit from Trump’s immigration plan An article that reads on completely expected lines given the newspaper where it appears. Lets wait to see how the immigration reform actually pans out and the winners and losers. I put my...
by Arjun
02 Mar 2018 09:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2304
Views: 284193

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

Dipanker wrote:Could this be the reason why we have not seen any action in Maldives by India? Skipping Dalai Lama meeting, I don't think has happened in the past:

Govt sends out note: Very sensitive time for ties with China, so skip Dalai Lama events

Seems pretty pusillanimous to me !!
by Arjun
01 Mar 2018 18:41
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2212
Views: 345315

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Linear increase in global GDP share is good enough...believe me, before one starts dreaming of exponential growth! Look at India's export performance - all kinds of grand dreams cooked up and leave alone linear growth, since 2012 there has been no growth at all! I will take the steady linear growth ...
by Arjun
16 Feb 2018 21:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2304
Views: 284193

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

We don't even have to go that far. We must remind China everyday about its CPEC activities in the Indian state of J&K. We must warn China that these projects located in POK are fair game for India. Setting up an equivalence between Kashmir and Arunachal is rather dangerous...CPEC is fair game f...
by Arjun
12 Feb 2018 22:25
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2212
Views: 345315

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

In a first, e-goods made in India pull ahead of imports The Centre’s efforts to promote local manufacturing through the ‘Make in India’ programme seem to be reaping dividends with the domestic production of electronics, one of the key reasons behind foreign currency spends after oil, moving ahead o...
by Arjun
11 Feb 2018 12:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2304
Views: 284193

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

China desperately wants ingress into future Indian economy for her products....trying through CPEC, Hambanthota and now Maldives ! India should ensure that none of these efforts succeed. Maybe pass a law that requires every product sold in the country to have a Blockchain based certification of orig...
by Arjun
08 Feb 2018 12:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2304
Views: 284193

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

Its good to have a smart competitor like China! But India has to keep pace and ensure that we are equally competitive in Science, Technology and industries of the future.
by Arjun
07 Feb 2018 20:54
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2212
Views: 345315

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Artificial Intelligence race with China: Panel to create road map

Panel looks promising. Looks like the government is finally starting to 'get it'....
by Arjun
07 Feb 2018 08:55
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2212
Views: 345315

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Lithium Ion Batteries - India Needs To Be In It To Win It I don't know why this need to push Li-ion batteries is in the economy thread? The future is cracking methane to H2 and C to store the H2 in fuel cells. As this will lead to high energy densities and more importantly high energy to weight rat...
by Arjun
06 Feb 2018 19:39
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2212
Views: 345315

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

The below is for this member by name 'Arjun' with respect to his fears about how GoI is sleeping on AI front. SaraLax, we live in a competitive world and while these measures are good, the question is are they good enough? I go solely by the results achieved and not by what little effort the govern...
by Arjun
04 Feb 2018 00:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Analyzing CPEC
Replies: 1269
Views: 184011

Re: Analyzing CPEC

http://www.atimes.com/article/afghan-port-shift-adds-pakistans-economic-woes// Chabahar Port lures Afghan traffic away from Karachi Afghanistan has shifted 80% of its cargo traffic from Pakistan’s Karachi seaport to Iran’s Bandar Abbas and Chabahar ports. The move comes two months after Chabahar, b...
by Arjun
01 Feb 2018 08:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2304
Views: 284193

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



History of India China relations from an American historian who has spent time wading through all the historical Chinese govt archives
by Arjun
01 Feb 2018 08:05
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2304
Views: 284193

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

If China had been dismissive of India and not paying any attention to it given its poverty - that indeed would have been good for India! Unfortunately, geopolitical moves by China since the 1950s are completely contrary to that misinformed 'lay' Chinese person opinion. In fact, there was a very good...
by Arjun
31 Jan 2018 14:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2304
Views: 284193

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

China wouldn't be consorting and actively propping up a dead-beat nation like Pakistan if not for the fairly considerable 'attention' it has been paying to blocking India over the decades

If anything - they have been paying far more attention to India's rise than most Indians do
by Arjun
31 Jan 2018 13:43
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2212
Views: 345315

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Deleted. Off topic. We all know what 'you are getting at' . The point is that you don't know what we are getting at :)
by Arjun
31 Jan 2018 12:01
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2212
Views: 345315

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

The issue of interest to me is that while the Indian economy is improving in comparison to China especially with the crossover in growth rates over the last few years - India has been declining in relative competitiveness in comparison to the same nation, in most key industries of the future. So the...
by Arjun
31 Jan 2018 09:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2304
Views: 284193

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

If accepting 'Chinese domination' refers to Chinese domination in trade, business, science and technology - then it does makes sense! You can rest assured, Indians have no problem at all in accepting Chinese domination on these fronts and Modi and team are absolutely unlikely to do anything about it.

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