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by Amitava
17 Aug 2018 17:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Atal Bihari Vajpayee Passes Away
Replies: 71
Views: 6019

Re: Atal Bihari Vajpayee Passes Away

A respected politician yes, but more than that, an inspiring leader, a statesman and a poet -- a child Bharat Mata is really proud of.

My pranama.

May his atma attain moksha.
by Amitava
20 Nov 2016 21:14
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Understanding the United States of America (USA) - IV
Replies: 929
Views: 78969

Re: Understanding the United States of America (USA) - IV

Guiliani's contribution is over estimated. Yes, he should get some credit, but far, far less than his supporters project. The crime rate have been decreasing all over the country during the same time, for various other reasons; he was there at the right time. I have grave reservations on his leaders...
by Amitava
29 May 2016 18:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: reddit AMA with C Raja Mohan on Tue May 31 at 18:30 IST
Replies: 3
Views: 463

reddit AMA with C Raja Mohan on Tue May 31 at 18:30 IST

Reddit Geopolitics will be hosting an AMA (ask me anything) with Dr C Raja Mohan and Dr Milan Vaishnav on Tuesday 31st May from 18:30 IST to 01:30 on US-India relations and Indian foreign policy They would open one hour before at 17:30 IST for questions Head over to reddit.com /r /geopolitics and it...
by Amitava
30 Nov 2014 19:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Why is "Hindu Nationalism" spoken of in a pejorative sense?
Replies: 1267
Views: 40843

Re: Why is "Hindu Nationalism" spoken of in a pejorative sen

online Merriam Webster Definition of DHARMA 1 Hinduism : an individual's duty fulfilled by observance of custom or law 2 Hinduism & Buddhism a : the basic principles of cosmic or individual existence : divine law b : conformity to one's duty and nature — dhar·mic adjective and notice it doesn't ...
by Amitava
05 Jul 2014 02:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Re: US strike options on TSP
Replies: 2412
Views: 84696

Update on the Sarasota Saudis

Remember the case of the Saudi family that suddenly left their Florida home two weeks before 9/11? Here's a recent update (emphasis added) Down the rabbit hole with the FBI: Saying 9/11 documents don’t exist when they do JUNE 25, 2014 AT 6:22 A By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers, BrowardBulldog....
by Amitava
27 May 2014 06:00
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Narendra Modi vs the Dynasty: Contrasting Ideas of India
Replies: 40185
Views: 1273239

Re: Narendra Modi vs the Dynasty: Contrasting Ideas of India


Guys -- please tell the Morons at the Hindu that Nazrul was not Bangladeshi. Yes -- he's the national poet -- but that doesn't make him bangladeshi; Rabindranath wrote their national anthem and that too doesn't make him Bangladeshi either.
by Amitava
26 May 2014 20:03
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Narendra Modi vs the Dynasty: Contrasting Ideas of India
Replies: 40185
Views: 1273239

Re: Narendra Modi vs the Dynasty: Contrasting Ideas of India

Anirban Ganguly's open letter to Gopal Gandhi When I saw Narendrabhai, a former chaiwallah, empowered and speaking in the Central Hall of Parliament and moving the hearts of millions, I recalled the words of one of your illustrious grandfathers, C Rajagopalachari , who had observed that “ swaraj is ...
by Amitava
25 May 2014 18:33
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Narendra Modi vs the Dynasty: Contrasting Ideas of India
Replies: 40185
Views: 1273239

Re: Narendra Modi vs the Dynasty: Contrasting Ideas of India

Pakistan releases scores of Indian fishermen At least 151 fishermen set free as goodwill gesture ahead of swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as prime minister. http://www.aljazeera.com/mritems/Images/2014/5/25/20145259233822734_20.jpg Sri Lanka, also announced release of five Indian fishermen. Li...
by Amitava
28 Apr 2014 12:16
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Narendra Modi vs the Dynasty: Contrasting Ideas of India
Replies: 40185
Views: 1273239

Re: Narendra Modi vs the Dynasty: Contrasting Ideas of India

Bengal may surprise us. Ebar chupchap fule chhap, kintu chhotor badole baro ful (This time round too we will opt for the flower, but for the bigger one — i.e. Lotus) http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/lok-sabha-elections-2014/news/Modi-magic-may-help-BJP-get-toe-hold-in-Bengal/articleshow/34310...
by Amitava
26 Apr 2014 21:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Re: US strike options on TSP
Replies: 2412
Views: 84696

Re: Understanding the US-2

How US is turning into an oligarchy. Martin Gilens of Princeton, well known for "Affluence and Influence" ... America's policymakers respond almost exclusively to the preferences of the economically advantaged. Affluence and Influence definitively explores how political inequality in the U...
by Amitava
06 Jan 2014 23:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US Strategic News and Discussion
Replies: 14521
Views: 486745

Re: India-US Strategic News and Discussion

Doraiswami firmly put across to the US envoy that "it is your process ... That is wrong. Arresting and strip searching a diplomat is never a process, and the time line of this incident clearly shows this was a project, planned well ahead. The US will try to weasel out by saying this was a glit...
by Amitava
06 Jan 2014 21:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US Strategic News and Discussion
Replies: 14521
Views: 486745

Re: India-US Strategic News and Discussion

... right at the very top of the SD hierarchy. That is why there will be no apology from the US for violating the rights of our diplomat. At the most they will try to weasel out by offering some half assed regret and our servile GoI will accept it at the urging of our spineless MEA. The smoke scree...
by Amitava
05 Jan 2014 22:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US Strategic News and Discussion
Replies: 14521
Views: 486745

Re: India-US Strategic News and Discussion

PB's press statement says (emphasis added) the arresting officers did not even seize her phone as they normally would have. Instead, they offered her the opportunity to make numerous calls to arrange personal matters and contact whomever she needed, including allowing her to arrange for child care. ...
by Amitava
01 Jan 2014 02:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US Strategic News and Discussion
Replies: 14521
Views: 486745

Re: India-US Strategic News and Discussion

Is an Indian (SR) employed within the Indian territory (the Indian consulate), is the employment subject to US law ? Small nitpick: AFAIK, SR was employed in DK's home and DK's home would not be considered part of the Indian Consulate and hence is not Indian Territory. It's not that simple. SR was ...
by Amitava
29 Dec 2013 20:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US Strategic News and Discussion
Replies: 14521
Views: 486745

Re: India-US Strategic News and Discussion

I think we are losing focus by concentrating on Bharara et al. This was not a case of over reach by low level officials. If you read the transcript of the daily press briefing that someone posted earlier, http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2013/12/218895.htm#INDIA you'll notice the spokesperson hemmi...
by Amitava
22 Nov 2011 04:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Documentary on Headley, PBS on Tue Nov 22
Replies: 38
Views: 1978

Documentary on Headley, PBS on Tue Nov 22

PBS Frontline and ProPublica will air a documentary on Headley tomorrow http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/ Today, Terry Gross interviewed ProPublica’s Sebastian Rotella, you can listen to the interview here http://www.npr.org/2011/11/21/142589280/the-american-behind-the-2008-attack-on-mumbai?s...
by Amitava
02 Jan 2011 18:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Book Review Folder - 2008/2009/2010/2011
Replies: 1219
Views: 95602

hat tip to Rupak

Stephen Cohen and Sunil Dasgupta gives a shout-out to Rupak in Arming without Aiming . In the notes section there are copious references to his articles including: 16. Rupak Chattopadhyay, "The Indian Air Force: Flying into the 21st Century", .... 17. Ibid. 18. Ibid. Chattopadhyay offers a...
by Amitava
23 Dec 2010 05:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wikileaks Diplomatic Cable Dump - News and Discussion
Replies: 1835
Views: 163948

Re: Wikileaks Diplomatic Cable Dump - News and Discussion

SaiK wrote:I am sure no thread is without any agenda. :wink:

Just that we mortals have no idea what that agenda is :lol:
by Amitava
15 Dec 2010 18:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wikileaks Diplomatic Cable Dump - News and Discussion
Replies: 1835
Views: 163948

Re: Wikileaks Diplomatic Cable Dump - News and Discussion

Pratyush wrote:Time readers select Assange as 'Person of The Year'


Time.COM, of course, chickened out. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook is Time's official Person of the Year.http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2036683_2037183,00.html
by Amitava
15 Dec 2010 09:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wikileaks Diplomatic Cable Dump - News and Discussion
Replies: 1835
Views: 163948

Re: Wikileaks Diplomatic Cable Dump - News and Discussion

From a discussion at slashdot (emphasis added) Speaking as a federal employee, we've already been told that we are not to access the classified documents leaked on Wikileaks unless we already have clearance and authority to view such documents (which I don't, of course). On the other hand, we were a...
by Amitava
15 Dec 2010 08:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wikileaks Diplomatic Cable Dump - News and Discussion
Replies: 1835
Views: 163948

US Air Force blocking NYTimes etc.

U S Air Force Blocks Media Sites The U.S. Air Force is blocking its personnel from using work computers to view the websites of the New York Times and other major publications that have posted classified diplomatic cables, people familiar with the matter said. Air Force users who try to view the web...
by Amitava
12 Dec 2010 21:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wikileaks Diplomatic Cable Dump - News and Discussion
Replies: 1835
Views: 163948

Re: Wikileaks Diplomatic Cable Dump - News and Discussion

these leaks certainly prove the fact that US does not practice of freedom of speech, free press, and state not interefering in its citizen rights etc norms that it preaches to other countries. If there is democracy, it must be a full one. Why did they jail Mr. Assange? Is that democracy? ... You kn...
by Amitava
10 Dec 2010 10:40
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US Strategic News and Discussion
Replies: 3942
Views: 378752

Re: India-US Strategic News and Discussion

iirc Shri Somnath Chatterjee, then Speaker of the Lok Sabha, turned down an invitation for a visit to Australia because he did not receive an assurance that he wouldn't have to go through extensive security checks. Yes, a few forum members, a few journalists, a few individuals here and there do feel...
by Amitava
09 Dec 2010 09:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wikileaks Diplomatic Cable Dump - News and Discussion
Replies: 1835
Views: 163948

Attempts to blame Assange are misguided -- Kevin Rudd

Australia’s foreign minister Wednesday blamed the US for the leak of some 250,000 classified diplomatic cables, saying the attempts to blame or prosecute Australian native and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for the leak are misguided. Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said those efforts are ...
by Amitava
07 Dec 2010 00:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wikileaks Diplomatic Cable Dump - News and Discussion
Replies: 1835
Views: 163948

Twitter May be Censoring Wikileaks

Twitter May be Censoring Wikileaks Here's from OSdir Suspicions are arising that Twitter may be hampering wikileaks related tweets from becoming trending topics. Comments in these blogs and replys to @wikileaks regarding the possible censorship show people appear to believe twitter is being nefariou...
by Amitava
17 Nov 2010 09:18
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: BRF Mid-Atlantic Meet 2010 (NJ-PA-NY-DE and beyond)
Replies: 98
Views: 11094

Re: BRF Mid-Atlantic Meet 2010 (NJ-PA-NY-DE and beyond)

anupmisra wrote:Three members of the jirga were profiled and had to show their drivers' licenses.
that's unfortunate :(

was that Rakshak concerned due to this?
negi wrote:Meeting has been canceled as Mahdi was planning to be there and spread bakistaniyat.
by Amitava
10 Nov 2010 06:31
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: BRF Mid-Atlantic Meet 2010 (NJ-PA-NY-DE and beyond)
Replies: 98
Views: 11094

Re: BRF Mid-Atlantic Meet 2010 (NJ-PA-NY-DE and beyond)

what ?!?

don't know what transpired

we still have a couple of days, we can plan it right now

lets have some emails please
amitava at computer dot org
by Amitava
08 Oct 2010 04:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: BRF Mid-Atlantic Meet 2010 (NJ-PA-NY-DE and beyond)
Replies: 98
Views: 11094

Re: BRF Mid-Atlantic Meet 2010 (NJ-PA-NY-DE and beyond)

An humble request to the kind and gentle BRadmins
-- could you please make this thread a sticky till mid Nov?
by Amitava
01 Oct 2010 07:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: BRF Mid-Atlantic Meet 2010 (NJ-PA-NY-DE and beyond)
Replies: 98
Views: 11094

Re: BRF Mid-Atlantic Meet 2010 (NJ-PA-NY-DE and beyond)

Hey Rudra -- please check email.
by Amitava
17 Jun 2010 09:49
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: QuickClot Donation Project - Lessons Learned
Replies: 51
Views: 14149

Re: QuickClot Donation Project - Lessons Learned

If this is the quality of India's educated elite then we are worse than Pakistan. Don't despair. Yes, there are people like Bhavesh, Kobe, Mr. Li, that's life, unfortunately. But for every one of them, there are dozens of Raja, Rajiv, George, Mandeep, RayC, Gen. Bajwa and hundreds of unnamed ones. ...
by Amitava
31 Dec 2009 19:46
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Know Your India
Replies: 517
Views: 65829

Re: Know Your India

Another important point is lack of justice. The number of judges, per million people, are ⋅  107 USA ⋅  75.02 Canada ⋅  57.07 Australia ⋅  50.09 UK ⋅  10.05 India The data is a few years old, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/op/2002/09/24/stories/200209...
by Amitava
31 Dec 2009 18:53
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Know Your India
Replies: 517
Views: 65829

Re: Know Your India

Very pertinent thread, thanks Shiv! The District Information System for Education (DISE) has a lot of data on their site http://www.dise.in eg for various literacy rates see http://www.dise.in/webpages/poptabs.htm District Report Cards Vol 1, 371 pages, 10MB http://www.dise.in/downloads/DRC%202007-0...
by Amitava
28 Dec 2009 21:08
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: RIP B Harry (1983-2007)
Replies: 160
Views: 21139

Re: RIP B Harry

We'll miss you B Harry.

Never ever thought those articles were from such a young pen.

May your soul rest in peace.
by Amitava
26 Nov 2009 19:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 26/11/2008: Never Forget. Never Forgive
Replies: 598
Views: 61383

Re: 26/11/2008: Never Forget. Never Forgive

Never forget the complicity of our government in the crime. Complacency? yes Dereliction of duty? perhaps Complicity? have you seen anything to suggest that? I hope the Citizens keep the pradeep burning. The Citizens must lead, only then will the Politicians follow. Never Forget, Never Forgive Mumb...
by Amitava
25 Sep 2009 07:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Chinese incursions into Indian territory: News and Analysis
Replies: 211
Views: 26025

Amb. Sreenivasan defends media's focus on China threat.

Media under attack No harm in playing up China threat by T.P. Sreenivasan (today's OpEd in the Tribune) From lowly politicians to high-level policymakers and strategists, all have begun to aim their guns at the Indian media, particularly the electronic media, for sensationalising events and not hel...
by Amitava
13 Sep 2009 18:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Chinese incursions into Indian territory: News and Analysis
Replies: 211
Views: 26025

From Tibetan Review last week New Chinese intrusion into Ladakh first since India’s independence (TibetanReview.net, Sep07, 2009). Chinese troops had entered 1.5 km into Indian Territory in Ladakh and put red paint marks and written "China” on boulders and rocks in an apparent lodging of territ...
by Amitava
12 Sep 2009 06:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Chinese incursions into Indian territory: News and Analysis
Replies: 211
Views: 26025

Re: Chinese incursions into Indian territory: News and Analysis

Why cant our troops have permanant positions up on those mountains? It is a must till the time we have developed roads and infrastructure to know of any Chinese adverse designs :( :cry: You can slice a mango in more than one way. One way of slicing is slice 3: lack of planning, which in turn is due...
by Amitava
12 Sep 2009 06:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Chinese incursions into Indian territory: News and Analysis
Replies: 211
Views: 26025

MEA, Army react differently over Chinese incursions

From ToI, 7 Sep 2009: While Army officials admitted that Chinese soldiers ventured into India and promised to take up the matter, the foreign ministry stated that this wasn't an issue at all and that India and China shared " one of the most peaceful " borders. ... "Let me go on record...

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