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by nandakumar
12 Sep 2019 13:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 1793
Views: 306595

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: 1877
Views: 226807

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: 5543
Views: 595909

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: 3505
Views: 522388

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: 5543
Views: 595909

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: 3744
Views: 677185

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: 1793
Views: 306595

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: 3744
Views: 677185

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: 3744
Views: 677185

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: 1920
Views: 211858

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: 1920
Views: 211858

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: 1793
Views: 306595

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: 2361
Views: 384299

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: 3744
Views: 677185

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: 1497
Views: 219212

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: 1877
Views: 226807

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: 1877
Views: 226807

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: 1877
Views: 226807

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: 65330

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: 1920
Views: 211858

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: 1920
Views: 211858

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: 3744
Views: 677185

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: 3578
Views: 564504

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: 2610
Views: 393493

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.
by nandakumar
26 Jul 2019 15:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2610
Views: 393493

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

I don't think US wants more trade with India or for that matter with any other country as substitute for trade with China. He is targeting almost all countries including Vietnam, Mexico and even Germany(and by extension EU). Trump/US has no problem with more trade. They do have a problem with trade...
by nandakumar
26 Jul 2019 09:06
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India's Power Sector
Replies: 1553
Views: 235323

Re: India's Power Sector

Can the government not mandate base load status through statute changes, to enable renewable power generator first claim on the demand for electricity? This could be followed up with an additional directive that State public sector companies in power sector should get out of generation (where privat...
by nandakumar
25 Jul 2019 09:39
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Tourism: News & Discussion
Replies: 375
Views: 60286

Re: Indian Tourism: News & Discussion

Also, we need to clean up our cities and destinations big time...they are too filthy and poorly maintained to entice anyone. The rest of the world is moving forward by getting their act together... high time we do too. This is our biggest problem, many of our tourist spots are filthy, disorganised ...
by nandakumar
24 Jul 2019 20:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Social media
Replies: 10
Views: 1484

Re: Social media

There was a roundtable discussion in some American website or radio talk show about monopoly in bigtech (I can fishout the link if anyone is interested, I am speaking from memory here). The economists who participated said that it was in the very nature of digital products that monopoly is an inevit...
by nandakumar
18 Jul 2019 12:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 1920
Views: 211858

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

On Richa Bharti's case, the local police in Ranchi submits an application to the judicial magistrate that the bail condition namely, that Richa Bharti distribute four copies of Quran is difficult to implement in practice. They request modification mind you, not withdrawal . The judge relented and s...
by nandakumar
18 Jul 2019 11:14
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 1920
Views: 211858

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

On Richa Bharti's case, the local police in Ranchi submits an application to the judicial magistrate that the bail condition namely, that Richa Bharti distribute four copies of Quran is difficult to implement in practice. They request modification mind you, not withdrawal. The judge relented and sai...
by nandakumar
09 Jul 2019 09:16
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry
Replies: 5331
Views: 472220

Re: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry

Original article about Patrick Patterson by Bharat Sundaresan. Has some telling revelations about the convicts. http://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/patrick-patterson-an-unquiet-mind-4762590/ That was a great article. This is what great journalism is all about. Tenacious, diligent and wh...
by nandakumar
05 Jul 2019 09:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The next war in the Persian Gulf
Replies: 234
Views: 29307

Re: The next war in the Persian Gulf

https://twitter.com/ConflictsW/status/1146704087519571968 UK marines detained one iranian tanker carrying oil to syria in gibralter. never mind there are no UN sanctions on iran and EU sanctions restrains export from EU to syria, not from anyone like iran to syria. my prediction is the iranians wil...
by nandakumar
04 Jul 2019 12:24
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 3744
Views: 677185

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Regarding IBC the process is as Suraj pointed out, is 'creditor in control' as opposed to 'debtor in possession'. In Vijay Mallya's case, the creditors are in control of Kingfisher Airlines assets which has neglible value in relation to the volume of debts. Lenders therefore face a huge loss on the ...
by nandakumar
25 Jun 2019 10:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 3345
Views: 517277

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

If we can put 100% duty on imported cars and booz surely we can on other items. Only reason we are not putting any restrictions on Chinese imports is because Indian chorporates and trader class is profiting from it, there are no manufacturing lalas (big enough) left to oppose it. Theoretically spea...
by nandakumar
20 Jun 2019 11:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala, Andhra and Tamil Nadu - news and strategy thread
Replies: 588
Views: 56766

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

What's going on with the water crisis in Chennai ? How did the Govt drop the ball ? Okay. Here is what happened. Sometime around December it became clear that NE monsoon had failed. It was recognised that come April, there would be an acute water crisis. A task force of civil servants was constitut...
by nandakumar
18 Jun 2019 21:25
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Banks & Financial System
Replies: 137
Views: 19304

Re: Indian Banks & Financial System

JTull No I am not embarking on any such venture. All that I am saying is that accepting deposits and on lending is not against the law as long as you are not adding the word "bank" to whatever you are doing. Equally what constitutes public solicitation of funds has been a problematic issue...
by nandakumar
18 Jun 2019 17:38
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Banks & Financial System
Replies: 137
Views: 19304

Re: Indian Banks & Financial System

I remember as a school kid, I once went along with my mom to a house a few blocks up the street. Apparently my mom and few others were part of a group that contributed Rs 5 every month and members would gather at this particular house where the lady of the house would organise the auction to bid for...
by nandakumar
18 Jun 2019 12:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 3345
Views: 517277

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

india already has a system wherein vendors need to submit code for vetting. but HW based probes like a little extra block in a RF chip that can act as backdoor or kill switch is very hard to detect - because samples submitted for test may be clean but not the ones deployed later. in a mysterious in...
by nandakumar
18 Jun 2019 09:48
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India's Power Sector
Replies: 1553
Views: 235323

Re: India's Power Sector

I would say a y DBT transfer would become an entitlement which would be difficult to remove tomorrow. As it is Rs 6000 is here to say. Make it say 8000 to accommodate power bill in no time it would morph into Rs 8000 income support and free power for farmers.
by nandakumar
17 Jun 2019 21:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 1920
Views: 211858

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Can HM send CRPF or CISF to provide security to hospitals in sensitive areas and win the hearts of the agitating doctors? At the height of confrontation between Jayalalitha's AIADMK govt and the Hindu where the TN Speaker ordered arrest of Hindu's publisher, the then Editor, Executive Editor, Burea...

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