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by nachiket
21 May 2019 10:45
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3342
Views: 458520

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Thanks vsunder and arshyam. Some incredible information in the past few posts. Very informative.

Why was the Mumbai area always DC compared to the rest of the country which wasn't? Having grown up there I remember wondering about this even back then, but never got an answer.
by nachiket
21 May 2019 05:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Apparently India Today and some other national media pollsters contracted/sub-contracted to same teams as Prashant Kishore-YCP and BJP did for AP survery (maybe Telangana too). * YCP did 250+ crore contract to Prashant Kishore for poll/media management. So same data may be bloated as a few local su...
by nachiket
21 May 2019 04:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

My hope is that the India Today-Axis poll shows much higher seat share for NDA because this time they threw out the traditional conservatism practiced by these agencies in predicting the seats for the winning coalition, which was the disease which afflicted them in 2009 and 2014. In that case their ...
by nachiket
21 May 2019 04:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Exit polls are not exact polls, most have gone wrong since 1999: Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu https://www.thehindu.com/elections/lok-sabha-2019/exit-polls-are-not-exact-polls-vice-president-venkaiah-naidu/article27178918.ece Some analyst said Exit polls are used to influence mostly betting markets...
by nachiket
21 May 2019 03:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

At 67.11%, 2019 turnout highest ever for Lok Sabha polls

Suraj saar will be interested in this. Overall turnout in 2014 was 66.4%, which was already a record.
by nachiket
21 May 2019 01:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 3052
Views: 427446

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

The great khan might have a date with a lamp post if things go on like this.
by nachiket
21 May 2019 01:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

sudeepj, I have deleted your personal attack on Dileep. If you find a post offensive, report it and admins will take action. Responding with a personal attack is not tolerated. You have been warned as well.
by nachiket
20 May 2019 00:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Shashi Tharoor @ShashiTharoor I believe the exit polls are all wrong. I n Australia last weekend , 56 different exit polls proved wrong. In India many people don’t tell pollsters the truth fearing they might be from the Government. Will wait till 23rd for the real results. IOW in Gorastan, exit bol...
by nachiket
20 May 2019 00:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

abhijitm wrote:
SriKumar wrote:Guys, any exit poll on Amethi? Will it be Pappu or Irani?

Very close contest. Most likely win for RG.

Even PP who is predicting 300 for BJP alone said Pappu was winning in Amethi. :cry:
by nachiket
20 May 2019 00:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Dilbu wrote:We need a liberal dose of anti-jinx from now on. BJP will lose onlee :(( :(( :((

AoA! The mahdi is back. Zor se bolo, NDA will lose onlee :(( :((

P.S: Dilbu saar, if things don't go according to plan on 23rd, the pitchforks will be out :evil: :mrgreen:
by nachiket
17 May 2019 03:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Rudradev ji, I must respectfully disagree with you. Firstly, my personal interest in this is purely practical and short sighted, inasmuch as I am more interested in whether her statement will decrease Modiji's seat count in the current election. So my main problem with it is lack of tact and subtlet...
by nachiket
17 May 2019 03:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Criticizing Gandhi for his umpteen failures, flaws and mistakes is not the same as praising the guy who murdered him. The first needs to happen. The second not so much (especially not in the middle of what is perhaps the most important election in India's history).
by nachiket
17 May 2019 02:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Consider yourself very lucky. My mother was afraid to send me to school by bus in because of Khalistani terrorism related issues in Delhi - "transistor bomb" was the way to go then. There were insurgencies everywhere - Khalistan, Assam, elsewhere in NE, Naxals, and more. National politics...
by nachiket
16 May 2019 23:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

There are 2 problems with this Gandhi-Godse issue... - 1) Gandhi's image is still quite positive among general public... There are people who does question his story, but it is a minority... 2) Even among people who do not like Gandhi still do not agree or associate with someone killing a person......
by nachiket
16 May 2019 23:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

nachiket have you walked in her shoes? Ab Hua to hua. BJP has distanced itself from her statement. There were innumerable Congress secondary leaders (MSA, SAM, Doggy etc) making worse comments on NaMo and all RaGa has to say is they should apologize and he gets away. But buck stops with Modi for hi...
by nachiket
16 May 2019 23:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2777
Views: 276261

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Mort Walker, debate the argument without name-calling or you will get a warning.
by nachiket
16 May 2019 23:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

I know this is going to be an unpopular opinion here and I might get piled on, but here goes. I don't think Sadhvi Pragya is cut out to be a politician. Politics is a matter of perception and you do not always say out loud what you might believe in private (no matter if it is "right"), if ...
by nachiket
16 May 2019 23:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

It was a three cornered fight, with the top 3 each winning between 55-80 seats (I think 80, 75 and 55), and INC winning a further 28 or something. That's about as splintered a verdict as you can get, in a 240 odd seat assembly. The instability of the whole thing was such that Nitish jumped ship wit...
by nachiket
16 May 2019 12:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

IIRC TC got the state wise tally wrong, elections in India are highly local, BJP got majority by winning 85-100% of the seats in UP, GJ, RJ, MP etc in spite of getting 0 to a handful in other states like KL, TN, OR. IMO just getting nation wide total right does not count for much. Who had expected ...
by nachiket
16 May 2019 11:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

I cannot think of another state where there’s a four cornered fight where two regional parties and two national parties were all jockeying for seats, as Bihar 2015 was. Can you name which elections and which states these were ? TN has two strong regional parties and no national ones . Same for AP t...
by nachiket
16 May 2019 11:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

No, it's not a question of broken clocks. GE 2014 and Bihar 2015 were very different kinds of elections. The former was a wave election, particularly in the Hindi heartland. The latter was a very competitive 3-way or 4-way fight in most AS seats. This matters a LOT, because each pollster has a meth...
by nachiket
16 May 2019 10:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

if memory serves me right, no exit poll in 2014 predicted the BJP and NDA tally. all of them underpredicted. see the opinion polls and exit polls here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opinion_polling_for_the_2014_Indian_general_election the most generous gave 300 to NDA. final tally was 336. Today's C...
by nachiket
16 May 2019 09:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

ramana wrote:Mollick stay calm.
All voting over by Sunday.
Next week.by this time results will be over.
Then we should ULTA latka the wrong pollsters.

And Dilbu if the BJP doesn't do well. :evil:
by nachiket
16 May 2019 06:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

The fact that Jagan, KCR have accepted Sonia ji’s invite either indicates they want to drive a hard bargain with bjp or they are unsure of BJP’s victory.. Apparently Pranab da played a key role in convincing Jagan to meet Sonia. BTW, What’s preventing BJP from cozying up to these two parties ? Neit...
by nachiket
16 May 2019 06:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Im feeling very tensed. Why suddenly those talks of negativity surfaced??? Till 5th stage even jurnos on dynasty payroll were sensing NDA victory. Was 6th phase that much bad ??? Whether they are talking about NDA victory or defeat, when have they ever been right? All predictions are pulled out of ...
by nachiket
16 May 2019 05:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

ramana wrote:So why is Sonia Gandhi inviting TRS, TDP and YCP leaders to meet he in Delhi?

Getting ready to form super maha-thugbandhan in case NDA falls just short of majority, would be my guess. They will need pretty much everybody to make the numbers.
by nachiket
16 May 2019 00:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The next war in the Persian Gulf
Replies: 53
Views: 5053

Re: The next war in the Persian Gulf

I would be very surprised if the tanker sabotage incident was not a false flag dreamed up by Bolton-bin-walrus who probably takes lessons on tactical brilliance from Musharraf.
by nachiket
16 May 2019 00:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Is anyone keeping a watch on Nitish Kumar and Shiv Sena....hope they dont go the Gadkari "compromise candidate" way...this news is becoming more and more common....not sure what happened in the last phase of the GE 2019 that everyone has become conservative on BJP's chances of getting ~25...
by nachiket
15 May 2019 04:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

My reports usually invite a response acknowledging that the tweet I reported did indeed violate Twitter's rules. But that doesn't mean they will go ahead and suspend the account. Their reply does not specify what actual action was taken.
by nachiket
15 May 2019 03:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

The problem is post-independence history is not taught in schools at all, at least it wasn't when I was in school. When they don't even teach us about 1965 and 71 wars what do you think is going to be the general awareness of these incidents which seem to have passed out of collective memory? I reme...
by nachiket
14 May 2019 11:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Some people are so stupid that it is difficult to believe that they are humans. MSA and khujli come to mind. It's almost as if evolution has gone wrong. Please dont forget Pitroda ji. :lol: A more charitable conclusion about people like Pitroda and Arun Shourie is that there might be more than an e...
by nachiket
14 May 2019 11:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

https://twitter.com/abhiemanyu/status/1 ... 0087645184

That Atishi woman telling people to vote for the Congress in a video. Sab mile hue hai ji :P
by nachiket
14 May 2019 09:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Mod Note: A_Gupta and Lilo, no more posts about Gandhi. It is not germane to this thread.
by nachiket
14 May 2019 05:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

If that were to happen, it would be under new BJP dispensation without the duo from Gujarat and some more parties would queue up to support NDA. Some names floated are Gadkari, Venkaiah Naidu, Sitaraman, etc. Many regional parties are okay with Hindutva politics but are afraid of other political an...
by nachiket
13 May 2019 23:34
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5468
Views: 440377

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

The Indonesia crash of the Superjet-100 was pilot error. It was a demo flight and the pilots were distracted while talking to potential customers in the cockpit and ignored EGPWS warnings in addition to being unaware of the terrain in the area. Highly unprofessional behavior. But there was nothing w...
by nachiket
11 May 2019 03:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 169
Views: 27194

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

India needs to build up a credible force of crack commandos trained to destroy and retrieve the paki nuclear arsenal once the country disintegrates This is inevitable and goes to planning the freedom of baluchistan as well. Seriously? How do you get those crack commandos to all nuke sites in Bakist...
by nachiket
11 May 2019 03:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Karan saar, what exactly do you suggest we do then? If we start locking up these rascals, there will be a deluge of articles in international media about how Modi is a dictator suppressing honest journalists blah blah. We already see that even without actually locking anyone up. All media these days...
by nachiket
11 May 2019 02:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Lilo, If you notice, its a handful of figures doing most of the hit jobs. They weren't taken to task. Modi sarkar merely ignored them. Taking them to task would only improve their image internationally with the likes of WaPo, Economist, Time and NYT. They will be hailed as intrepid journalists bein...
by nachiket
11 May 2019 00:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389538

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

This is no different from the earlier post by Nikhil T where he is quick to start feeling bad that perhaps this one time Modi indeed lied to the public and that makes him 'not such a saint any more'. We do not have the tenacity of purpose and dedication that makes the Congoon followers stick to the...
by nachiket
10 May 2019 11:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2385
Views: 169292

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

Tharoor also did a flip flop on the issue but only after he realized his re-election chances were being hurt because of his "progressive" position.

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