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by nandakumar
11 Jun 2019 10:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 408
Views: 72429

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

All that it means is that earlier they were not even taking toothless actions. Now they do take toothless actions .
by nandakumar
09 Jun 2019 13:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 165
Views: 20730

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

I too, contributed my little bit to finance PP's election effort. But I also feel that he could mine such data as he has, to produce a hundred more stories. Then people wouldn't mind contributing a little each time for reading his analysis. I am sure there are at least a few dozen stories at the lev...
by nandakumar
06 Jun 2019 21:32
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Roads Thread
Replies: 2950
Views: 266608

Re: Indian Roads Thread

Why are RTO checkposts there except to collect bribes? What can be done to get rid of them? Well, the ministers in question have collected their upfront payments for the posting . Now the entrepreneur (the RTO in question) who has invested his risk capital needs to recover his risk capital. Else th...
by nandakumar
06 Jun 2019 13:12
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Roads Thread
Replies: 2950
Views: 266608

Re: Indian Roads Thread

Mollick.R wrote:
nandakumar wrote:https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/specials/india-file/gst-reforms-smoothen-goods-transport-on-indian-highways/article27428804.ece
A very nice write up on the post GST environment for road transport.


just posted same :!:

I meant to endorse your posted link! But ended up posting it afresh.
by nandakumar
06 Jun 2019 10:42
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Roads Thread
Replies: 2950
Views: 266608

Re: Indian Roads Thread

https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/sp ... 428804.ece
A very nice write up on the post GST environment for road transport.
by nandakumar
05 Jun 2019 14:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 165
Views: 20730

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Toilets in many villages are being used as store rooms. There are often no sewage connections. Hopefully these efforts are changing the cultural expectations of rural Indians. That is a significant barrier. I thought these toilets did not need a sewage outlet. No, they do not. The Ministry of Sanit...
by nandakumar
05 Jun 2019 12:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 165
Views: 20730

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Toilets in many villages are being used as store rooms. There are often no sewage connections. Hopefully these efforts are changing the cultural expectations of rural Indians. That is a significant barrier. Don't you think a slightly modified statement, "some toilets in villages are being used...
by nandakumar
30 May 2019 21:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections : Results Discussion
Replies: 2982
Views: 92624

Re: 2019 General Elections : Results Discussion

No Suresh Prabhu or Rajyavardhan Rathore or Gen VK Singh or Jayant Sinha Updated after below post. Out of curiosity, did Jayant Sinha fall out of favor because of his own doing or foul mouth Y Sinha, or perhaps perception on too much western soft corner (20+ year residence in khan land)? I think hi...
by nandakumar
29 May 2019 21:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections : Results Discussion
Replies: 2982
Views: 92624

Re: 2019 General Elections : Results Discussion

What happened to the 15 day notice given to RG for proving his nationality? Supreme Court dismissed it SC did not quash the Home Ministry notice. All that it did was quashing PIL quoting photocopies of British Company House documents to say that it cannot take cognisance of purported photocopies of...
by nandakumar
29 May 2019 15:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion- Post PM appointment crisis
Replies: 901
Views: 30736

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

I think the reference is to India taking the effort to prospect for natural gas off Myanmar coast and succeeding but China walking away with the contract for long term supply of natural gas .
by nandakumar
28 May 2019 21:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 3066
Views: 446832

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

India has been trying to get ASEAN to agree on free trade in services, especially free movement of professionals accompanied by mutual recognition of professional qualification such as lawyers, accountants etc. That our trade in goods is adverse is something that we had known along. Equally we knew ...
by nandakumar
27 May 2019 12:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala, Andhra and Tamil Nadu - news and strategy thread
Replies: 407
Views: 26317

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

I read an anecdote of Banditji threatening Dravidian movement leaders in 1962 to cut out the separatist talk, after which they stopped talking about it in that era. Maybe time to revisit that. It is called the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act or UAPA for short. It is an offence under this law if ...
by nandakumar
27 May 2019 11:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections : Results Discussion
Replies: 2982
Views: 92624

Re: 2019 General Elections : Results Discussion

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/religious-divide-obliterates-good-works-of-ponnaar/article27243835.ece Religious divide obliterates good work of ‘Ponnaar’ Consolidation of Christian votes went against Pon. Radhakrishnan in Kanniyakumari Though he had executed commendable multi-crore de...
by nandakumar
26 May 2019 22:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections : Results Discussion
Replies: 2982
Views: 92624

Re: 2019 General Elections : Results Discussion

=== BJP Tamilnadu @BJP4TamilNadu · May 25 My first job would be to link Godavari and Krishna and this bring water to TamilNadu - Hon min @nitin_gadkari This is what BJP is all about Even though you reject #TNRejectsBJP, they will do their duty. Thank you sir #BJPStandsForTN === Gadkari wants roll o...
by nandakumar
24 May 2019 22:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala, Andhra and Tamil Nadu - news and strategy thread
Replies: 407
Views: 26317

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

Added later: Rajaji was not a mentor to EVR in the traditional sense. They were both members of the Congress party until EVR broke away from Congress in 1920. Age wise too, they were contemporaries. It would be fair to say they were friends although they were ideologically in opposite camps. It was ...
by nandakumar
24 May 2019 21:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala, Andhra and Tamil Nadu - news and strategy thread
Replies: 407
Views: 26317

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

Sridhar K My personal take on this part of the post. Nandhakumar Saar Personal anecdotes from my grand father whose best friend was Rajajis close aide: Rajajis hatred for Sathyamurthy and his protege Kamaraj is one of the biggest contributor to the growth of DK and downfall of Cong in TN. Rajaji was...
by nandakumar
24 May 2019 15:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala, Andhra and Tamil Nadu - news and strategy thread
Replies: 407
Views: 26317

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

# nandakumar , That was an amazing post. I am not from the 3 states you mentioned. These 3 states have suddenly come into the spot light due to their voting patterns. What you have provided is the historical background of TN politics. Can any of the readers provide some links to some authentic sour...
by nandakumar
24 May 2019 13:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala, Andhra and Tamil Nadu - news and strategy thread
Replies: 407
Views: 26317

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

TN became what it is today because of a strategic error committed by Gandhi during the freedom struggle. The British introduced a limited form self Government in all the territories directly administered by the British based on the recommendations of the Minto-Morley reform proposals. It was not muc...
by nandakumar
22 May 2019 20:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 469639

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

shravan wrote:
deejay wrote:Tomorrow could be too late.

Rum Drinkers - Salut! No need to count. Just void Neat and too many Bottoms Up.

.



Tomorrow is a dry day.

If you have the right connections there is always a speakeasy, nearby!
by nandakumar
21 May 2019 20:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 469639

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Elections are over. Zero loss would have informed him the repeated references to him by Clown Prince would stop as well. Sure, but why pull out now? The clown prince had put him out to dry.. and to be frank the allegations were quite dramatic.. I would have kept on and watched the idiot squirm like...
by nandakumar
18 May 2019 14:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2894
Views: 295088

Re: Understanding the US - Again

I am not sure if this is the correct thread. But still. I have never been able to understand this constant criticism about China's theft of intellectual property theft that US keeps harping upon. Leaving military tech aside but focusing on the commercial side where is the theft? No one is accusing C...
by nandakumar
18 May 2019 12:19
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 469639

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

1. Please forward the cartoons (especially of page-117 of this thread) to as many people as possible, preferably in Bengal. I started with forwarding to a few people, and looks like it has been a great hit. However, mango people are aware of antics of Mumtaaz Begum, and are silently willing to teac...
by nandakumar
17 May 2019 12:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 469639

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Sadhvi is playing her part in "change the narrative" process. A small but immensely important part. Narratives, that are held for ages, do not change just like that. It is a process. And one important step in that process is to have a storm trooper to raise the unpopular POV at the initia...
by nandakumar
16 May 2019 12:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 408
Views: 72429

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

Pakistan's external debt woes are primarily on govt to govt debt. I reckon that is mainly owed to Saudi Arabia, China and UAE. That is about $72 billion. What it owes IMF is only $6 billion (Dec 31, 2018 SBP data). It seems odd that nearly 50% is due for repayment. Granted that IMF loans are short d...
by nandakumar
16 May 2019 08:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 469639

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Maxwell is Australian. he was born a brit and educated there. the ruinous state of the country of his birth will not leave him unmoved and India's rise will certainly remind him of the malicious lies that he wrote about her and his bitter forecasts that did not come true. he displayed a churchillia...
by nandakumar
15 May 2019 16:00
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3386
Views: 474202

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Piyush goyal did try to convince GE to scrap the diesel project and manufacture something else. But they did not budge. Goyal was putting a brave face when he justified the strategic thing but within him he knew, this wasnt fitting in larger scheme of things. I think CAG also had a lense on the pro...
by nandakumar
13 May 2019 14:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 408
Views: 72429

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/pakistan-offers-to-de-escalate-loc-tensions-amid-pressure/story-beVrypOY2GshIQTykLZTnI.html Islamabad has blinked first in the staring battle along the Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border between India and Pakistan. Under sustained pressure from Indi...
by nandakumar
13 May 2019 10:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 469639

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

the people were also tired of the Left + no real leader of the Left in WB and Mumtaz didi was there at the right time... so both street fighting and general disenchantment with left helped her climb to power. the central govt was not really hostile to mamata in the sense they thought she was a usef...
by nandakumar
13 May 2019 10:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 469639

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Could it also be that the average Hindu Bengali is risk averse while the average Bengali muslim when he feels that his religious identity has been challenged as they saw the police firing in Nandigram in a manner far more than Singur. If Singur firing was secular, the Nandigram firing was out and ou...
by nandakumar
13 May 2019 08:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 469639

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

A question for people familiar with WB landscape. If today TMC is acting as per Left playbook and that the model is flawless how come, TMC still beat the Left in its own game in 2009 parliamentary election and later in 2011 despite the handicap of a hostile central govt back then?
by nandakumar
10 May 2019 20:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2894
Views: 295088

Re: Understanding the US - Again

the fight that ought to be fought is to stop Chinese protectionism and raiding of IP to create unfair advantage the fight that is being fought just seems to be about counter protectionism (US only and uncoordinated with partners) not clear how this is going to pan out... or who is actually going to...
by nandakumar
10 May 2019 16:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2894
Views: 295088

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Is Trump's calculation that blue collar jobs will shift to the US, a realistic one? Why would smart phones, colour TVs etc consumed in the US from Chinese exports relocate to US?
by nandakumar
10 May 2019 14:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2894
Views: 295088

Re: Understanding the US - Again

US has imposed 25% tariff on an additional $200 billion worth of goods from China. China is bound to respond. Global markets would tank. Crude prices would edge lower. Trump is counting on support from blue collar workers for reelection.
by nandakumar
06 May 2019 09:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 469639

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

I see shades of similarity in the treatment sought for Rajiv Gandhi and the whole Gandhi clan and again in the justification of special treatment of minorities in the country, with how parents treat their sole child that also happens to be prone to getting frequent bouts of illness and as a conseque...
by nandakumar
03 May 2019 09:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 648
Views: 92628

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

As long as oil stays in the $ 70 range, Modi wouldn't have to face a Shah Bano moment. The current sentiment (bountiful oil output in the US market, inventory etc) should hold for a week or two. By then elections would be done and dusted. But in the long term India has to reckon with how it stands u...
by nandakumar
02 May 2019 15:48
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Oil & Natural Gas: News & Discussion
Replies: 1477
Views: 206929

Re: Oil & Natural Gas: News & Discussion

I noticed something odd about international crude oil prices today. Brent is trading at $71 plus some cents and OPEC Basket is trading at $59 something. The OPEC oil discount is rarely above 1 dollar to Brent. But a $12 discount is unprecedented. Any thoughts on why this should be so? See link below...
by nandakumar
02 May 2019 12:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The Autobiography Of A Killer
Replies: 26
Views: 4587

Re: The Autobiography Of A Killer

I am looking forward to reading further updates. I know of two cases of NDA recruits. Both solid Tambrahms. One successfully completed the course, graduated, commanded Rashtriya Rifles Regiment in Kashmir valley and retired as a full colonel. The other from a relatively lower middle class background...
by nandakumar
02 May 2019 10:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 469639

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

.... I am pretty sure that they have Indian passport now, and formally renounced Italian citizenship (to the Indian authorities) on paper. That is good enough to satisfy the law. A Passport officer had put query against Sonia Passport that she had not furnished proof of renunciation of Italian citi...
by nandakumar
02 May 2019 08:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 469639

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Suraj wrote: "Now this next part can be confusing: RaGa was born after 1948 to an Italian born mother, so he is technically Italian from the moment of his birth. There are many to whom such eligibility to another citizenship applies automatically (including me, not to Italy though. This is how ...
by nandakumar
01 May 2019 17:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 469639

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

If the letter from the Indian Ministry is genuine, then how did Raul respond? Or does he deem Himself above such things? It is only two days old. He wil respond in due course. He will simply reiterate that he is an Indian Citizen. Mind you he will say nothing about the Company House documents cited...

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