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by S.Gautam
01 Apr 2010 08:39
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Poll: Indirect US funding of Pakistani terrorist groups
Replies: 57
Views: 4422

Re: Poll: Indirect US funding of Pakistani terrorist groups

Interestingly, a friend, of Indian origin is starting his campaign for US congress in my district. As you know apart from Jindal and other isolated case, this is one of a very rare occasion when a person of Indian Origin is running for US congress. Ironically the results of this poll can come as a ...
by S.Gautam
06 Jan 2010 06:55
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Jan 1 2010)
Replies: 2858
Views: 341684

Re: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Jan 1 2010)

Akshut wrote:Is it 0% unemplyoment in India?

It was quoted from some Canadian source. It's just a placeholder because they don't know the actual value (supposedly somewhere around 7% but no one really knows because employment is mostly informal in India).
by S.Gautam
06 Jan 2010 06:24
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US News and Discussion
Replies: 2539
Views: 257017

Re: India-US News and Discussion

Those are the reasons? I was expecting something more spectacular for the claim of most troublesome nation. Very disappointed. :((
by S.Gautam
05 Jan 2010 14:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion
Replies: 2533
Views: 267675

Re: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion

700 militants is the figure Israeli Defence Forces put forward. They were 'off-the-mark' about the civilian casualties by about 300%. Well over 800 civilians dead including 300 children. That's not the kind of figure you brush off as collateral damage. I'll take Israeli figures over Palestinians on...
by S.Gautam
05 Jan 2010 10:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion
Replies: 2533
Views: 267675

Re: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion

I used to be a pretty strong supporter of Israel, until its actions around the turn of last year. The idiocy and pointlessness of its bombing campaign was mind boggling. In one swoop it managed to undo diplomatic gains made over decades, tarnish its image globally, make a host of enemies, and alien...
by S.Gautam
13 Dec 2009 02:36
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (June 8 2008)
Replies: 2768
Views: 363769

Re: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (June 8 2008)

^^
Doesn't the U.S. have a massive federal subsidy program for agriculture? They have no right to whine.
by S.Gautam
09 Dec 2009 05:59
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US News and Discussion
Replies: 2539
Views: 257017

Re: India-US News and Discussion

Brazil became independent from Portugal with pretty much its present borders. The U.S. was a fraction of what is today in 1776. They did almost all of their expansion on their own after independence from GB taking land from natives. The choice to force out natives was made by people elected to Washi...
by S.Gautam
09 Dec 2009 05:30
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US News and Discussion
Replies: 2539
Views: 257017

Re: India-US News and Discussion

Karna_A, I believe they're talking about the colonization of the American mainland itself - the westward push that basically consisted of taking land from Native Americans, forcing them into "reservations", and occasionally going to war with them or committing massacres. About the superior...
by S.Gautam
09 Dec 2009 03:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: S-e-S Redux: Copenhagen?
Replies: 278
Views: 24338

Re: S-e-S Redux: Copenhagen?

Not allow poor countries to emit more than 1.44 tonnes of carbon per person by 2050, while allowing rich countries to emit 2.67 tonnes. Ah, so this is the famed "Danish proposal". Why beat around the bush? Can't they just state up front that they think whites are entitled to higher standa...
by S.Gautam
08 Dec 2009 19:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: S-e-S Redux: Copenhagen?
Replies: 278
Views: 24338

Re: S-e-S Redux: Copenhagen?

...... It shows just how incompetent out government and the IPCC is. This is the sort of stuff we based our negotiating position on. Enjoy: The BBC now has a more detailed story on the Himalayan glaciers. The 2035 doomsday melting date for the Himalayas... was actually 2350 . I kid you not. No, rea...
by S.Gautam
08 Dec 2009 17:49
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan - November 06, 2009
Replies: 2844
Views: 261024

Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan - November 06, 2009

The simple fact is that there have been no successful major Paki attacks in India in a year, which correlates directly with the rapid rise of attacking on Pakis by Pakis. So the Pakis are dying in place of Indians. How can this be anything but good, whether it's ISI/TSPA or civilians dying? The alte...
by S.Gautam
07 Dec 2009 04:27
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: S-e-S Redux: Copenhagen?
Replies: 278
Views: 24338

Re: S-e-S Redux: Copenhagen?

Cross posting from the global warming thread for its sheer hilarity. It shows just how incompetent out government and the IPCC is. This is the sort of stuff we based our negotiating position on. Enjoy: The BBC now has a more detailed story on the Himalayan glaciers. The 2035 doomsday melting date fo...
by S.Gautam
07 Dec 2009 04:23
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India and the Global Warming Debate
Replies: 354
Views: 56626

Re: India and the Global Warming Debate

This is absolutely comical. The BBC now has a more detailed story on the Himalayan glaciers. The 2035 doomsday melting date for the Himalayas... was actually 2350 . I kid you not. No, really: Himalayan glaciers melting deadline 'a mistake' First, what the IPCC said in its 2007 report: "Its tota...
by S.Gautam
06 Dec 2009 21:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: S-e-S Redux: Copenhagen?
Replies: 278
Views: 24338

Re: S-e-S Redux: Copenhagen?

Ramana, You missed one of my posts on P.53 of the India-US thread when I first started talking about it before N^3. Basically, don't sign anything until Jan. 2011. Treaties in the US have to be ratified in the US Senate and elections will come Nov. 2010 and a new Senate session in Jan. 2011. By the...
by S.Gautam
06 Dec 2009 16:29
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US News and Discussion
Replies: 2539
Views: 257017

Re: India-US News and Discussion

but he doesn't talk about bringing back the 'low-paying' yet more stable manufacturing jobs shipped off to China They know we're a soft state that won't do a thing. So decreasing U.S. unemployment while increasing Indian unemployment is perfectly OK. It's really no different from their Afghan "...
by S.Gautam
06 Dec 2009 16:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US News and Discussion
Replies: 2539
Views: 257017

Re: India-US News and Discussion

So apparently Obama held a "jobs summit" (read: another Obama PR stunt for nice pretty pictures). And oh look, India got a mention in his brilliant plan to cut the Great Satan's unemployment rate. Huzzah. New jobs plan may be more of old one Another – bringing back low-paying call-center j...
by S.Gautam
06 Dec 2009 06:13
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US News and Discussion
Replies: 2539
Views: 257017

Re: India-US News and Discussion

When one is suffering from constant paranoia over what those "Atlanticists" are going to do next, there is no time for silly thoughts such as progress or civilization. :(
by S.Gautam
06 Dec 2009 02:53
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (June 8 2008)
Replies: 2768
Views: 363769

Re: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (June 8 2008)

In another thread someone said Indian GDP will reach $4T by 2020. If that is true, that is a commendable target. This is actually a very easy target when we take into account total nominal growth - which includes inflation and rupee appreciation. Even without the latter and no base revision, 4 tril...
by S.Gautam
05 Dec 2009 07:15
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan - November 06, 2009
Replies: 2844
Views: 261024

Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan - November 06, 2009

There are so many major terrorist attacks in Pakiland that Wikipedia cannot come up with names for all of them. :rotfl: See the template at the bottom right on this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/December_2009_Rawalpindi_attack "14th Peshawar", "10th Rawalpindi" etc. Highest ...
by S.Gautam
04 Dec 2009 15:53
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India and the Global Warming Debate
Replies: 354
Views: 56626

Re: India and the Global Warming Debate

I feel like I'm going to join the skeptic camp soon or at least the ambivalent camp. This is getting a little ridiculous. See the Himalayan glacier story below. This was virtually my only reason for giving a rat's ass about global warming but now even this is being doubted? Read the whole thing. By ...
by S.Gautam
03 Dec 2009 20:05
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-EU News & Analysis
Replies: 1638
Views: 179745

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

India to seal labour agreements PANAJI: With the first labour mobility partnership agreement (LMPA) with Denmark in September this year, in a bid to facilitate safe and regular migration of Indian workers under its belt, India is now working out modalities to seal more such pacts with Sweden, Franc...
by S.Gautam
03 Dec 2009 01:17
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US News and Discussion
Replies: 2539
Views: 257017

Re: India-US News and Discussion

Judging your very transparent personal adoration for Obama, you might be the type who sticks to partisan sites within your comfort circle and may be unaware of more mainstream perceptions :rotfl: Sorry to burst your bubble and state the obvious, yes I am not on the side of the "partisan" ...
by S.Gautam
02 Dec 2009 23:30
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US News and Discussion
Replies: 2539
Views: 257017

Re: India-US News and Discussion

Reactions to the Obama Afghanistan speech are mostly negative. Yep! :roll: Here is a quote from Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, Taliban Spokesperson: Obama will witness lots of coffins heading to America from Afghanistan. Their hope to control Afghanistan by military means will not become reality. The extra 30...
by S.Gautam
02 Dec 2009 21:37
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US News and Discussion
Replies: 2539
Views: 257017

Re: India-US News and Discussion

Reactions to the Obama Afghanistan speech are mostly negative. He tried to hedge and ended up pissing off most, both left and right. To the Americans, it's a dichotomy between progressive/dove position of giving up and running and the neocon/hawk position of keep sending troops and stay until victor...
by S.Gautam
30 Nov 2009 14:05
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (June 8 2008)
Replies: 2768
Views: 363769

Re: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (June 8 2008)

Ah, my favorite sort of news, even more than something blowing up in Pakiland. Even farm output was up, and we have a tendency to revise figures upwards later. Hoping for 7.5 this fiscal. Just two weeks ago RBI revised down to 6.0% from 6.5%. :D
by S.Gautam
29 Nov 2009 05:56
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US News and Discussion
Replies: 2539
Views: 257017

Re: India-US News and Discussion

I used to buy into this. Until someone made the point on another thread that Indian GDP today is about the same as Chinese GDP 6-7 years ago. Compared to this statistic, Indian performance on other metrics like the HDI puts it perhaps 15 years behind the Chinese. Since the government pursues and im...
by S.Gautam
29 Nov 2009 04:39
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US News and Discussion
Replies: 2539
Views: 257017

Re: India-US News and Discussion

And yet the realities of India's dilapidated infrastructure and rampant poverty speak volumes about how well India "works". People in India seem to have different standards compared to the rest of the world on what it means to have a system that "works". There is a difference in...
by S.Gautam
29 Nov 2009 04:05
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US News and Discussion
Replies: 2539
Views: 257017

Re: India-US News and Discussion

^ That article paints that Ayyadurai as some sort of saint and noble rebel. He was only a short term consultant, not a STIO (scientist/technologist of Indian origin). It seems to conveniently ignore that he was terminated for demanding a higher salary than could be offered (the CSIR director who rej...
by S.Gautam
26 Nov 2009 23:17
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US News and Discussion
Replies: 2539
Views: 257017

Re: India-US News and Discussion

The NRO and Hindu articles are correct. There was nothing in this state visit that couldn't have been handled by a visit from the India's ambassador and an MEA official. The MMS govt. placed high value on the visit with NSA MK Narayanan travelling with the PM. You would think that at least for such...
by S.Gautam
25 Nov 2009 03:42
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US News and Discussion
Replies: 2539
Views: 257017

Re: India-US News and Discussion

India and the US do not seem like natural partners anymore. The hope in the corridors of power in Washington is that flattery will be enough to erase doubts about this administration's India policy, if indeed it has one. This is heartening. The Obama syndrome is real and it's at work here. Call a s...
by S.Gautam
22 Nov 2009 19:17
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: PRC Economy and Industry: News and Discussions
Replies: 3933
Views: 511438

Re: PRC Economy News and Discussions

Going by that logic Greek or Latin must have persisted forever (at least in Europe, or Sanskrit for that matter in India) as the link language of choice. Because today is different. One can get from one point in the world to another in a few days at most, call anyone instantly, and trade as % of GD...
by S.Gautam
22 Nov 2009 07:01
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: PRC Economy and Industry: News and Discussions
Replies: 3933
Views: 511438

Re: PRC Economy News and Discussions

And why is this English skill issue such a sacrosanct one? Do the Chinese corporations conduct business in English? Why the assumption that the ultimate denouement of all IT is to produce call center people? Take a look at how many US/UK citizens learning Mandarin to get a drift of where the econom...
by S.Gautam
22 Nov 2009 06:27
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India and the Global Warming Debate
Replies: 354
Views: 56626

Re: India and the Global Warming Debate

This hacking expose is worrisome. Why on earth would they have to fabricate stuff when there is enough evidence? Mauritius is sinking after all. It's more about whether it's human-caused or natural than whether it's occurring or not. Although this unexplained 10 year cooling is changing that dynami...
by S.Gautam
21 Nov 2009 18:30
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Distorted history- Causes, consequences, remedies
Replies: 4186
Views: 65115

Re: India-China News and Discussions

You need to remember that historically the concept of India really only came into being with the Mughals who controlled most of what is modern day India. The concept of China is much older. Haha. Profound ignorance of your own history (assuming you are not Western-born and raised). The Mauryan dyna...
by S.Gautam
21 Nov 2009 07:03
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US News and Discussion
Replies: 2539
Views: 257017

Re: India-US News and Discussion

but it really does not server India/US relationship by constantly channeling some views which, up to keep on mispelling Obama's name frankly, mainstream Indians find distasteful.... Now why assume all of us want to serve India-US relationship? I, for one, would like for it to deteriorate to nothing...
by S.Gautam
18 Nov 2009 18:13
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-China News and Discussion
Replies: 2386
Views: 226620

Re: India-China News and Discussions

you really have no idea. :lol: ask anyone in academia who has to read papers coming out of the mainland and you will get an idea of the state of higher education in the PRC. I am sure it's not a race issue, but it most certainly is a social or cultural issue in a habitually autocratic country. I do...
by S.Gautam
18 Nov 2009 16:52
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-China News and Discussion
Replies: 2386
Views: 226620

Re: India-China News and Discussions

You stop finger pointing. Literacy level in India in 1947 were 12.2 % and even my Grandfather knew how to write and speak english so stop peddling BS. J.C.Bose did not learned how to make wireless by reading Veda's. Neither did he communicated with Einstein in Sanskrit. Could you explain to me what...
by S.Gautam
18 Nov 2009 00:02
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US News and Discussion
Replies: 2539
Views: 257017

Re: India-US News and Discussion

Hah apparently the invite list includes Hollywood and Bollywood stars. And I thought this was some serious event for the two governments only. At least on the bright side, this might improve India's image among people that matter (read: potential investors). 70% of Americans probably don't know Indi...
by S.Gautam
17 Nov 2009 00:37
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US News and Discussion
Replies: 2539
Views: 257017

Re: India-US News and Discussion

Is anything notable going to happen in the upcoming MMS visit to the U.S.? This seems like another Obama PR stunt with no substance but I'm afraid that our government, as usual, will fail to realize that and cave in to flattery and make concessions on nuclear or climate issues. That would be rather ...
by S.Gautam
11 Nov 2009 03:39
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US News and Discussion
Replies: 2539
Views: 257017

Re: India-US News and Discussion

The Americans are also more individualistic. Many of the well-off don't want to pay for others' bills and many of the poor, even though they would benefit, admire this principle and hope to become rich themselves rather than rely on the state. Seems to work out in general - they have by far the more...

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