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by Raja Ram
08 Oct 2018 12:32
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Perspectives on the global economic changes
Replies: 4279
Views: 286122

Re: Perspectives on the global economic changes

Preparing for Dollar Wars and Shifting Sands of a New Economic Order! The trajectory of geo-political trends with regards to tariff wars, renegotiation of multilateral trade deals unilaterally by the US, the EU -US geo strategic equation with US demands to fund more of the Security, moving of manufa...
by Raja Ram
26 Jul 2018 11:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - April 24, 2018
Replies: 2845
Views: 250115

Re: Terroristan - April 24, 2018

What happened to the Qadri fellow? Did he not contest in these (s)elections of Pakistan?
by Raja Ram
07 Mar 2018 10:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding New China after 19th Congress
Replies: 278
Views: 33702

Re: Understanding New China after 19th Congress

India and China – Reading the Tea Leaves – A new start? The events related to Dalai Lama are a signal that needs to be understood. I have tried to piece together if the GoI’s reticence of late is a function of certain international understandings and developments. It is not easy to piece together a ...
by Raja Ram
04 Jan 2018 11:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Interests_2
Replies: 116
Views: 24913

Re: Indian Interests_2017

Thanks ramana, Swatantra TV is an initiative of Swatantra Forum a Think Tank in the making started by a few of us in Chennai, India. We will be hosting a series of Talks on a wide range of important subjects from experts in that field under the brand "Swatantra Talks". This channel will be...
by Raja Ram
05 Jan 2017 15:25
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions III
Replies: 3964
Views: 482330

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions III

Been a long while in posting. While reading this thread, I feel that somethings (and some members) don't change in BRF! While there can be a lot of speculations on what the new administration will or will not do, when it comes to Pakistan or for that matter our region, one thing that I believe is th...
by Raja Ram
29 Sep 2016 15:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-13 June,2016
Replies: 2846
Views: 344240

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-13 June,2016

117 is the number so far in this year across many intrusions. Specific casualty figures for this operation is still not released.
by Raja Ram
29 Sep 2016 15:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-13 June,2016
Replies: 2846
Views: 344240

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-13 June,2016

All previous raids were short tactical intrusions targetting one or two launch pads, camps were not attacked as they were further in. This time the scale - 6 camps and depth of intrusion as far 3 KM and the extent of damage caused are all out of normative action levels. It is a deliberate, calibrate...
by Raja Ram
29 Sep 2016 13:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-13 June,2016
Replies: 2846
Views: 344240

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-13 June,2016

Another Army Briefing by DGMO is scheduled at 6 PM IST. Wait for the details! Twitter reports from many channels are carrying this!
by Raja Ram
29 Sep 2016 13:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-13 June,2016
Replies: 2846
Views: 344240

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-13 June,2016

Gentle Rakshaks, it gives me satisfaction that my rambles were on the mark, as is indicated by events unfolding now. What next? would be the obvious question. Well in such a undeclared war, there is bound to be reactions both from across the LOC/IB and from within. I am sure that there has been a mo...
by Raja Ram
15 Sep 2016 16:19
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 928
Views: 161760

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

Ghani's visit to India and his answers on Baluchistan clearly indicates that he has lost patience with Pakistan and he is losing time to deliver some sort of peace arrangement that can enable an Afghan recovery. The Taliban seems well entrenched in certain areas, but they are also showing signs of g...
by Raja Ram
14 Sep 2016 11:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Baluchistan: The Story of Another Pakistan Military Genocide
Replies: 894
Views: 130033

Re: Baluchistan: The Story of Another Pakistan Military Genocide

Some interesting thoughts in the morning! 1. So the Modi government starting of a new power game with Balochistan has the potential to change some settled dynamics and force some new dynamics. 2. Post the cold war, the US decidedly adopted a bide, wait and watch position with Russia while putting in...
by Raja Ram
12 Sep 2016 13:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-13 June,2016
Replies: 2846
Views: 344240

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-13 June,2016

That speech is a very clear articulation of what we have done and what awaits us! A must listen speech from a very clear thinker and more importantly a daring doer!
by Raja Ram
12 Sep 2016 12:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Baluchistan: The Story of Another Pakistan Military Genocide
Replies: 894
Views: 130033

Re: Baluchistan: The Story of Another Pakistan Military Genocide

It is becoming clearly evident that the Baloch will be formally extended diplomatic support by the GoI in due course. There are a few reasons for this: 1. It is important that there is an official endorsement for Indian support to their cause from the Baloch diaspora, BRP is one of the main groups. ...
by Raja Ram
08 Sep 2016 20:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Baluchistan: The Story of Another Pakistan Military Genocide
Replies: 894
Views: 130033

Re: Baluchistan: The Story of Another Pakistan Military Genocide

"I learned today that Baluchistan is a province with around 20,00,000 Marathi descendants. This province was forcefully merged with Pakistan in 1948. Since then there were 4 major revolt for independence in Balochistan. Three were led by people of Marathi descendants. How these people of Marath...
by Raja Ram
08 Sep 2016 08:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Baluchistan: The Story of Another Pakistan Military Genocide
Replies: 894
Views: 130033

Re: Baluchistan: The Story of Another Pakistan Military Genocide

panduranghari, While it is not apparent, I am reasonably confident, based on credible information, that the Vision Document that was prepared before the last general Elections was not an ordinary exercise, but one that involved wide ranging discussions and participation from experts drawn from a ver...
by Raja Ram
07 Sep 2016 15:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Baluchistan: The Story of Another Pakistan Military Genocide
Replies: 894
Views: 130033

Re: Baluchistan: The Story of Another Pakistan Military Genocide

deejay, A really well written piece. Thank you for taking the time to frame it so well and articulate it. I would like to see more BRF alumni write extensively in several online fora. Please do not underestimate the knowledge and perspectives gained here and your own talents. It is being welcomed, i...
by Raja Ram
07 Sep 2016 15:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Baluchistan: The Story of Another Pakistan Military Genocide
Replies: 894
Views: 130033

Re: Baluchistan: The Story of Another Pakistan Military Genocide

ramana, Thanks for posting it from twitter. panduranghari, If you see my post, I have not called out India has having the requisite capabilities and nor have I said that we have accomplished much in terms of hastening the implosion or Pakistan or curbing China's putsch with its OBOR. However, we can...
by Raja Ram
15 Aug 2016 10:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-13 June,2016
Replies: 2846
Views: 344240

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-13 June,2016

With the Pakistani establishment ratcheting up their noise over Kashmir and the absolute criticality of CPEC in terms of their last remaining oxygen supply, it is apparent that the game plan is to stall and bide their time until they see a more favourable turnaround for them in the US (Hilary Clinto...
by Raja Ram
24 Feb 2016 13:22
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Education System
Replies: 3755
Views: 246700

Re: Indian Education System

Cross posting from GD forum - giving a synopsis of RSS and other Nationalist organizations involved in Education The RSS has two trusts Vivekananda Educational Society and Vivekananda Educational Trust that run thousands of schools. The way I understand it operates is as follows: 1. Any rashtrawadi ...
by Raja Ram
08 Feb 2016 11:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Curious Case of Daood Gilani alias David Headley & co
Replies: 2267
Views: 186639

Re: The Curious Case of Daood Gilani alias David Headley & c

Dawood Gilani testimony reveals that he has visited India post 26/11. It cannot be without active knowledge of the USG. How is that possible that they did not share or tip off Indian agencies after 26/11. I know that this fellow travelled from Pakistan, but was he not under surveillance in the US ? ...
by Raja Ram
14 Jan 2016 13:32
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pathankot AFB terrorist Attack After Action Analysis-I
Replies: 1006
Views: 47977

Re: Pathankot AFB terrorist Attack After Action Analysis-I

When the news of the "arrest" of Masood Azhar first appeared quoting paki media sources; I could sense that this could be a false plant. It got strengthened when MSM started quoting this as a major event. I think this was done to trick an out of turn announcement by neta or babu welcoming ...
by Raja Ram
11 Jan 2016 09:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Nov 21, 2015
Replies: 2868
Views: 119769

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Nov 21, 2

:(( Ajit Doval in an interview to NDTV seems to have clearly stated that talks will not resume until Pakistan delivers on actions demandded regarding Pathankot. As reported in ToI and other news outlets. If this is confirmed, then at least there is one reason less for the whinefest that has broken o...
by Raja Ram
10 Jan 2016 19:34
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pathankot AFB terrorist Attack After Action Analysis-I
Replies: 1006
Views: 47977

Re: Pathankot AFB terrorist Attack After Action Analyisis-I

It would also be pertinent to remember that during an operation where events are fluid decisions are taken based on inputs available and intent at that point in time. The dynamics of the engagement are, more often than not, what decides what Force is to be tasked. The official statement of events, w...
by Raja Ram
05 Jan 2016 12:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pathankot AirForce base under attack
Replies: 1213
Views: 53594

Re: Pathankot AirForce base under attack

The US and China through their statements have revealed yet again that don't care for Indian lives. That should clear up some cobwebs into the thinking of Indian leadership so that they get the clarity needed on the way forward.
by Raja Ram
05 Jan 2016 11:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pathankot AirForce base under attack
Replies: 1213
Views: 53594

Re: Pathankot AirForce base under attack

Blast reported near Indian Consulate in Jalalabad! So Paki Army is clear that they don't want any peace, but want to end up in pieces. Hope that message is understood and we grant them their wish!
by Raja Ram
05 Jan 2016 09:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Nov 21, 2015
Replies: 2868
Views: 119769

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Nov 21, 2

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pathankot-terror-attack-Fidayeen-came-in-batches-hid-in-grass/articleshow/50446226.cms The above report indicates that some of the questions posed in the earlier post seem to be true such as the weapons being kept ready previously for the terror groups to pic...
by Raja Ram
05 Jan 2016 09:27
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Nov 21, 2015
Replies: 2868
Views: 119769

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Nov 21, 2

What a lot of posts that seem to be general venting variety, I have been off BRF for long but some things have not changed :D . Perhaps we need that whine thread for all the handwringing and headwhacking that used to be there! Other than the media talking to the SP there does not seem to be any tech...
by Raja Ram
04 Jan 2016 16:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Nov 21, 2015
Replies: 2868
Views: 119769

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Nov 21, 2

Let the smoke and fog clear; till then restraint is advised. United Jihad Council claim does not seen credible for the following reason 1. The Kashmiri terror machine almost exclusively operates in the valley and never steps out 2. They kind of weapons carried and tactics deployed indicate a far mor...
by Raja Ram
04 Jan 2016 15:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pathankot AirForce base under attack
Replies: 1213
Views: 53594

Re: Pathankot AirForce base under attack

Breaking News reports state that 2 remaining terrorists have been neutralized. But Operation continues!
by Raja Ram
04 Jan 2016 11:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pathankot AirForce base under attack
Replies: 1213
Views: 53594

Re: Pathankot AirForce base under attack

Reports quoting Govt sources claims that the terror group demonstrated even higher training than the terrorists involved in 26/11 that indicated clearly a professional training. The operation is still on as there is no official announcement yet about closure. One thing is clear that there seems to b...
by Raja Ram
03 Jan 2016 17:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pathankot AirForce base under attack
Replies: 1213
Views: 53594

Re: Pathankot AirForce base under attack

At the least, this calls for a massive internal security mobilisation operation; sealing of borders and a complete overhaul of SOP of Perimeter Security, Intel inputs management and Operational aspects of Alert Situation Management! There is no way that any GOI can proceed as if nothing great as hap...
by Raja Ram
03 Jan 2016 16:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Nov 21, 2015
Replies: 2868
Views: 119769

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Nov 21, 2

SSridhar ji, I think Prakash talking is because he is some sort of spokesperson for BJP. But completely agree that ministers across the board should know when to keep their mouth shut. Ideally only three should talk HM, NSA and RM. Others should just shut up. Apparently HM's Presser and a briefing b...
by Raja Ram
03 Jan 2016 11:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pathankot AirForce base under attack
Replies: 1213
Views: 53594

Re: Pathankot AirForce base under attack

Cross posting from STFUP thread in other forum at the request of ramana MOD statement says that a major calamity was avoided as the bases were prepared based on Intel reports on the possibility of an attack. So far there has been no major official source or indication of an intel failure. Statements...
by Raja Ram
03 Jan 2016 11:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Nov 21, 2015
Replies: 2868
Views: 119769

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Nov 21, 2

From a strategic response perspective, besides the obviously wrong choice of words by the PM, I think he has been careful in not jumping the gun and blaming Pakistan nor has he exonerated them as some think. As PM it is prudent to get things properly ascertained, analysed and then make a statement a...
by Raja Ram
03 Jan 2016 10:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Nov 21, 2015
Replies: 2868
Views: 119769

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Nov 21, 2

MOD statement says that a major calamity was avoided as the bases were prepared based on Intel reports on the possibility of an attack. So far there has been no major official source or indication of an intel failure. Statements from the PM, HM and RM have all stated that a major attack has been foi...
by Raja Ram
03 Jan 2016 10:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Nov 21, 2015
Replies: 2868
Views: 119769

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Nov 21, 2

An appeal to all here. While it boils our blood that this incident has happened with the full complicit support of Pakistani establishment; we need to go beyond our emotional impulse when reacting in public. Like everyone else I am simply astounded by the response of our PM and his choice of words. ...
by Raja Ram
07 Sep 2015 16:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Dawood Ibrahim & Underworld Watch Thread
Replies: 444
Views: 37797

Re: Dawood Ibrahim & Underworld Watch Thread

If the message coming from the UAE is indeed true, then it is clear that the broad counters of the Doval- Modi Doctrine on Pakistan and the terror machine are well in execution mode now. My own take is that at a very broad level it has three components which are classic strategic and tactical moves ...
by Raja Ram
07 Sep 2015 10:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Sept 05, 2015
Replies: 2850
Views: 116515

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Sept 05,

Just to clarify again, I am under no illusion that the US is a benign power. It did not get where it is by being so. Many a long time postor here would know where I stand on this. In any case, my submission is that there is something more to than just "US Can't" Vs "US Won't". Pr...
by Raja Ram
07 Sep 2015 09:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Sept 05, 2015
Replies: 2850
Views: 116515

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Sept 05,

@tuvaluvan Just to clarify. I am not making a point that the GOI has handled Pakistan correctly. I am in agreement with your observation that the elite in India are held prisoner to what I call the twin myths Myth 1 : A peaceful, stable and united Paksitan is in the interest of India Myth 2 : There ...
by Raja Ram
06 Sep 2015 08:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Sept 05, 2015
Replies: 2850
Views: 116515

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Sept 05,

The Thomas Pickering - Musharaff reveals an interesting aspect that many in this forum and elsewhere have not given much importance. It reveals the fact that even the great super power, the one and only USA, were asked to give evidence on Osama's guilt post 9/11. And they obliged this non entity of ...

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