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by nandakumar
22 Nov 2019 10:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion- Post PM appointment crisis
Replies: 934
Views: 47568

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion- Post PM appointment crisis

This business of financing projects to gain strategic influence is it all so open and shut case as is thought to be? What if one of the recipient country decides to renege on the repayment? What options does China have?
by nandakumar
14 Nov 2019 21:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations
Replies: 898
Views: 97481

Re: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations

All these semantics that this turk or that turk is lost on the less informed Aam Abduls. The amm abduls belief that the turks ruled them (before Mughals). Please see attached link (and I am here not discussing the truth but the belief that is held by IM) - http://www.westeastinstitute.com/journals/...
by nandakumar
08 Nov 2019 10:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 2904
Views: 493520

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

Interesting..ODwyer, sounds like Irish. I have always found Irishmen nicer than brits, good to keep this past in mind. That is correct. The Irish didn’t become independent until 1921. The Jallianwalah Bagh massacre happened in 1919. Irish officers were part of the British empire. Someone in civil s...
by nandakumar
05 Nov 2019 21:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 2617
Views: 397589

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

Admirable sentiments PrimusJi. But how about when your adopted land is doing the attacking? Especially against India? Great question Kashi Ji. Let me reverse it and ask you what would YOU do in my situation? You were born in one country but have spent a longer time living in another, which has fed ...
by nandakumar
04 Nov 2019 11:11
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 4074
Views: 758463

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Here is a thought on free trade agreements. It rests on the following assumptions. 1. Differences in competitive capabilities are bound to exist among countries. 2. This would be so no matter how much of domestic reform that nations undertake to shore up domestic competitiveness. 3. Free trade in se...
by nandakumar
03 Nov 2019 11:53
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Perspectives on the global economic changes
Replies: 4279
Views: 286480

Re: Perspectives on the global economic changes

More on cash crunch. Is this "Chicken Little" aka dhoti shivering? if short-term cash is short, why are short-term money-market interest rates not rising? Makes no sense. If they offer 20%, I'd be happy to lend them a few paise, hain? The short term interest rates are not rising because F...
by nandakumar
29 Oct 2019 11:23
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 4074
Views: 758463

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

[quote="UlanBatori"]My agint in desh has been scared to buy more stocks, for about 2+ saal now. I kept pushing him, but since I was in no position to actually bully him, just gnashed my teeth and stayed put. I have to say that the money sitting in baink acct earning 4% minus Saral income t...
by nandakumar
27 Oct 2019 10:02
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Perspectives on the global economic changes
Replies: 4279
Views: 286480

Re: Perspectives on the global economic changes

What's going on here? Sudden cash crunch? Is someone mopping up all the cash? I am only guessing. So take it for what it is worth. There has been lot of bullish bets on the US economy. If that is indeed the case, it must lift a number of other economies too, who look to the US to shore up their own...
by nandakumar
26 Oct 2019 10:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3692
Views: 378456

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

https://youtu.be/ZamJ9qy8xko Can some legal eagle comment on this please!!. Is this some kind of a 'chanakyan' move by the Trioka as is being made in the video. Is the '50-year old confused Desi' in real trouble ?? Not a legal expert. But I listened to the audio. It is not clear to me how Rahul Gan...
by nandakumar
16 Oct 2019 21:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala, Andhra and Tamil Nadu - news and strategy thread
Replies: 945
Views: 90545

Re: Kerala, Andhra and Tamil Nadu - news and strategy thread

There was a ADMK Minister during Jayalalitha's tenure in 2011-16 tenure, by the name Dalawai Sundaram. I was always intrigued by the first part of his name. Dalawai must have morphed into 'dhalapathi' which is the title for someone heading an army- roughly equivalent to a Corps Commander. By the way...
by nandakumar
16 Oct 2019 21:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 3861
Views: 539360

Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

Dear friends. I was awarded as first prize winner in "DRDO Dare to Dream contest". The award ceremony was held on 15th Oct during the 41st DRDO Directors Conference. This news article describes the event. https://www.opindia.com/2019/10/coas-bipin-rawat-drdo-ajit-doval-rajnath-singh-delhi...
by nandakumar
16 Oct 2019 09:55
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 4074
Views: 758463

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

https://swarajyamag.com/economy/indias-problem-isnt-demand-how-most-economists-have-got-it-wrong India’s Problem Isn’t Demand: How Most Economists Have Got It Wrong The recent slowdown in the Indian economy has been attributed to the slackening of demand by almost all economists. There’s near unani...
by nandakumar
09 Oct 2019 21:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3692
Views: 378456

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

^ LBS was a very good choice for India. - He had to work in Congress with Nehru's men and produce results. - He did. - Its well known that he strengthened and carried fwd defence production (Vijayant Tank, L1A1 SLR Rifle, 105 mm gun, 51mm mortar, local ammo, Gnat fighter, etc.) - He won the 1965 wa...
by nandakumar
04 Oct 2019 16:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4009
Views: 628739

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Rajat Pandit, lying & running down our indigenous program again. DRDO's MANPATGM is not "delayed". In fact, from program start, its progress has been remarkably quick! God-willing, it will be in user trials next year. His "army source" is his Muharraf. He is also lying about...
by nandakumar
21 Sep 2019 11:39
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 4074
Views: 758463

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

The 2000 era years of boom in investments was driven not just by 'animal spirits ' of entrepreneurs but also by the belief that they (promoters) risk nothing because their investments were next to nothing. The promoters equity was managed through various associated companies within the conglomerate....
by nandakumar
19 Sep 2019 14:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 2904
Views: 493520

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

54 years ago on this day, Pakistan killed an Indian Chief Minister because his plane was flying ‘too close’ to Indo-Pak border https://www.opindia.com/2019/09/balwantrai-mehta-gujarat-chief-minister-congress-leader-pakistan-pilot-killed-1965-war/ On 19th September 1965, we were in middle of the 196...
by nandakumar
12 Sep 2019 13:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 2904
Views: 493520

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

Again, the issue remains the dependency of bakis on Saudis as was discussed wrt "Turkey/Baxistan/Malaysia" axis. Saudis remain the key to bakistan till someone can take over that role. Iran obviously cannot replace Saudi for bakistan BUT can China substitute Saudi? Not really if one goes ...
by nandakumar
06 Sep 2019 11:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 3070
Views: 422865

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

Re: Afghanistan. I had written a paper on the subject and done business there in the past. In brief: A military deployment is undesirable for the reasons other posters have mentioned. If it has to be be done, it should be under the following circumstances: - Unhindered access to Chabahar, the railw...
by nandakumar
06 Sep 2019 10:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5553
Views: 616614

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

Why is the Vladivostok- Chennai maritime corridor such a big news? I mean Vladivostok has a seaport and so does Chennai. Ships have always have always enjoyed free passage across sea lanes for cargo movement. Is it that the Indo-Russian MOU is about dredging the sea for very large ships to be able ...
by nandakumar
05 Sep 2019 13:44
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3528
Views: 544838

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Anyone know what algorithm the Railways uses when allotting berths to those on waitlist? Few days ago I booked 2tier berth from Bangalore to Ongole. I was at wl 7. So I waited. It did not improve finally on 3rd the Tatkal opened and I saw I was at 5. I did not want to take a change. So I booked tat...
by nandakumar
05 Sep 2019 11:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5553
Views: 616614

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

Why is the Vladivostok- Chennai maritime corridor such a big news? I mean Vladivostok has a seaport and so does Chennai. Ships have always have always enjoyed free passage across sea lanes for cargo movement. Is it that the Indo-Russian MOU is about dredging the sea for very large ships to be able t...
by nandakumar
02 Sep 2019 11:09
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 4074
Views: 758463

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Regarding Q1 GDP numbers, here's the official CSO report (PDF) for reference. Comments: * The sharp slowdown is almost entirely in one economic sector - manufacturing. See Statement 1. the real growth in manufacturing was just 0.6% in Q1 vs 12% in the same quarter a year ago. Agriculture is down fr...
by nandakumar
31 Aug 2019 15:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 2904
Views: 493520

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

Why not copy & post the article here if it's so important & useful. Why don't you click the link, genius, and advise if copy pasting that article in text format without the dozens of embedded screenshots makes sense :roll: Not to mention the risk of BRF being proceeded against for violation...
by nandakumar
30 Aug 2019 18:13
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 4074
Views: 758463

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

I am not sure I agree with it. Not good for SME borrowers and small businesses. Not going to help in reach and there may not be management. Better would have been to allow small banks continue and make the biggest 5/6 banks bigger with large capital infusion. I am not sure how lack of competition i...
by nandakumar
30 Aug 2019 17:22
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 4074
Views: 758463

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Big PSU Bank consolidation! Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today announced a big consolidation of public sector banks: Indian Bank to be merged with Allahabad Bank; PNB, OBC and United Bank to be merged (PNB will be the anchor bank); Union Bank of India, Andhra Bank and Corporate Bank to be mer...
by nandakumar
22 Aug 2019 21:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3692
Views: 378456

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

https://www.irishcentral.com/news/lord-mountbatten-pedophile-allegations#.XV5VZysJnL4.twitter FBI files allege Lord Mountbatten, murdered by the IRA, was a pedophile Throughout Lord Mountbatten's life, and in the years after he died in an IRA bombing on August 27, 1979, rumors swirled about his ext...
by nandakumar
22 Aug 2019 14:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3692
Views: 378456

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

P. Chidambaram arrested in New Delhi form his home on 21 August 2019 on charges filed by CBI after anticipatory bail was denied. The whole anti Corruption agitation that brought Kejriwal to power did nothing unlike the 303 MPs for NaMo 2.0. his options for going to the SC are now limited because he...
by nandakumar
22 Aug 2019 13:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 2904
Views: 493520

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

I am wondering if the long term plan is to divert the waters of the 3 eastern rivers completely, then in a few years abrogate the IWT and renegotiate from a position of strength. Water for POK will be the choice. The next 2-3 years will also be used to stabilize Kashmir and create a movement in POK...
by nandakumar
22 Aug 2019 12:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2813
Views: 464131

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

A question for the experts. Isn't the first batch of 36 nuclear capable aircrafts? And if so, do we need the second batch too, to capable of delivering nuclear bombs/missiles? If we do not need the second batch too to be similar in specification then costs should come down isn't it?
by nandakumar
21 Aug 2019 16:10
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 4074
Views: 758463

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

https://www.ndtv.com/business/parle-could-lay-off-10-000-workers-amid-slowdown-report-2088139 India's Largest Biscuit-Maker Parle May Fire Up To 10,000 Amid Slowdown Market research firm Nielsen said last month that the country's consumer goods industry was losing steam as spending in the rural hea...
by nandakumar
19 Aug 2019 11:57
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Oil & Natural Gas: News & Discussion
Replies: 1503
Views: 225765

Re: Oil & Natural Gas: News & Discussion

The Reliance refinery is capable of processing very heavy (sour) crude. Recall that they were a major buyer of Venezeualean crude which is almost exclusively heavy crude. They stopped purchases after US sanctions. The advantage is lower prices for crude which helps generate higher refining margins. ...
by nandakumar
16 Aug 2019 11:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 3070
Views: 422865

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

The oil price.com website has a long article on an emerging China-Russia-Iran axis. The central argument is Iran cosying up to China as prospect of a rapprochement with US is very slim. Also Iran is determined to complete uranium enrichment facility and eventually acquiring nuclear deterrence which ...
by nandakumar
09 Aug 2019 15:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 3070
Views: 422865

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

Mint has a piece by Hasseb Drabu on Kashmir. His contention is J&K is well developed compared to so many other States. So the argument that abolition of Article 370 is needed for economic development is wrong. Yeah, with a ton of GoI funds pumped in, and almost zero taxation. Were it not for th...
by nandakumar
09 Aug 2019 12:14
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 3070
Views: 422865

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

Mint has a piece by Hasseb Drabu on Kashmir. His contention is J&K is well developed compared to so many other States. So the argument that abolition of Article 370 is needed for economic development is wrong.
by nandakumar
05 Aug 2019 22:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Articles 370 and 35A Repealed, J&K and Ladakh to be Separate Union Territories
Replies: 632
Views: 67347

Re: Articles 370 and 35A Repealed, J&K and Ladakh to be Separate Union Territories

@vinod_sharma So it turns out that the failed alliance with Mehbooba Mufti was part of a long term plan. PM knew it was doomed, but didn't want to be blamed for not even trying Muppalla @VMuppi Replying to @vinod_sharma Multiple angles they did over six years. I would say kudos to Ram Madhav as wel...
by nandakumar
30 Jul 2019 17:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3692
Views: 378456

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

On CCD: Siddhartha's share of the initial money was probably Cong money laundering (one reason they got them to diversify into unrelated areas). There was also a danger of NPA for their huge debt, but that, I believe was paid off after the IPO and mindtree sale, so both these are probably not relev...
by nandakumar
30 Jul 2019 14:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3692
Views: 378456

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

VG Siddhartha, founder of Cafe Coffee Day and son in law of SM Krishna goes missing. He wrote a letter to his employees before going missing. He seems to be in some financial troubles. He is/was on the billionaires list IIRC. Everybody's skeletons are coming out once the free money stopped. He just...
by nandakumar
29 Jul 2019 17:34
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 4074
Views: 758463

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Under the constitutional framework, taxes go into the consolidated fund of India. Monies can be spent only if there is a Parliamentary approval (budget). Unspent sums at the end of the year automatically lapses. The larger philosophical proposition is this. People elect a set of representatives to d...
by nandakumar
28 Jul 2019 10:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 3853
Views: 634757

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

Indian rockets seem to be made of short segments, painted in darker colors with payload fairing fully covering the payload. Indians have also seem to have taken the clustered engine approach, using up to eight engines in a single stage. The rockets developed by SUPARCO seem to have longer motor cas...
by nandakumar
26 Jul 2019 17:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 3441
Views: 482643

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Rahulsidhu
No I wont argue that India is a net importer of Services from the US. The opposite is certainly the case. That said, I was only pointing out that the deficit that the US is complaining about could certainly be made to look worse than what the reality is by artificial tax structures of MNCs.

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