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by arshyam
15 Oct 2018 01:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 3020
Views: 551226

Re: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016

There has been a cyclone in the bay all of last week. There is a new weather system developing as we speak, and going by my driving experience over 300km today, it's pretty intense. So, ISRO did the right thing weather-wise.
by arshyam
13 Oct 2018 08:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 619
Views: 32357

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

UB saar, can't disagree with most of your points, but consider this one aspect: The SC was merely deciding what was the correct interpretation of the Constitution. All said and done, it is a public place that receives public funds, and is probably situated on public land. They cannot say that people...
by arshyam
12 Oct 2018 06:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 619
Views: 32357

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

Also are there protestors from other states/ Protests staged against SC verdict on Sabarimala - The Hindu, Coimbatore Ayyappa devotees stage stir against Supreme Court verdict - The Hindu, Chennai (see the # of women in the pic) https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/mrpoxs/article25151900.ec...
by arshyam
12 Oct 2018 06:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 3020
Views: 551226

Re: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016

Then who'll take the Americans to their space station? :lol:
by arshyam
11 Oct 2018 17:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 619
Views: 32357

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

I can also confirm the tradition on women not going to sabarimala is older than the nineties. In the late eighties, my relatives did the trek, full 41 days, etc, and that's when I became familiar with these restrictions. No women from TN will also go to the temple now, ban or no ban. In fact, the on...
by arshyam
11 Oct 2018 16:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 485
Views: 36363

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

Bring it on, I say...
by arshyam
07 Oct 2018 19:08
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2492
Views: 302174

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

I had earlier mentioned IR has problems with running dual locomotives on a single train with independent pantographs - which cause oscillation issues with the OHE when running at high speeds (due to OHE design issues). But going by reports on IRFCA, looks like IR has not given up and is trying out v...
by arshyam
07 Oct 2018 07:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 485
Views: 36363

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

Or try to create a rift within the govt. Or project that the govt was for delay, but Modi used his personal popularity to override everything else (this point to assuage the amrikis). It can be spun in many such ways. Ultimately, who knows the truth? P.S. I personally don't believe this report of Do...
by arshyam
04 Oct 2018 22:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 485
Views: 36363

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

Please bring on the sanctions, I say, puh-leez. In one stroke, comcasa will be dead in the water and we can proceed to do just what we want. Maybe some sense will dawn upon GoI to make the Kaveri a well funded national programme to build aero + marine propulsion capability. Not to mention severely u...
by arshyam
28 Sep 2018 13:05
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Maldives Civil-Military Issues
Replies: 1027
Views: 98221

Re: Maldives Civil-Military Issues

China can take this so-called 2+1 mechanism and shove it. Just because we showed them who's the boss, they are trying to play nice by couching some patronizing shite in some very polite sounding words. Nothing stops the incoming govt from defaulting on their Chinese loans, and the Chinese know it, s...
by arshyam
27 Sep 2018 21:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Mangalyaan : ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission
Replies: 2751
Views: 91421

Re: Mangalyaan : ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission

Some of the details were indeed off, but it explains the complicated challenge in a relatively easy to understand way.
by arshyam
24 Sep 2018 22:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Mangalyaan : ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission
Replies: 2751
Views: 91421

Re: Mangalyaan : ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission

[youtube]=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIAq9UEPSWU[/youtube] Such TFTA that it gives me goose bumps, came across as an ad on youtube, ended up watching a 23 min ad for the first time, in the meanwhile a young teammate came and she too got hooked had to watch it again. Didnt mind either This is a...
by arshyam
12 Sep 2018 22:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 3020
Views: 551226

Re: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016

Did JFK announce the moon landing after it was done? His publicly declared target galvanized the US' popular imagination about space, and they haven't looked back since. Sometimes, countries need to do that.
by arshyam
12 Sep 2018 18:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 3020
Views: 551226

Re: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016

What is the purpose of putting such exhibitions? just make the stuff and stick to the launch date. These technology demonstrators, integrated systems, successfully tested XYZ are of no use. Just make and stick to the date . Otherwise it is all big show-off. Giving false hope for the launch date and...
by arshyam
12 Sep 2018 18:05
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2170
Views: 338035

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Yes, Mudra and farming loans are risky but with wide distribution it is somewhat mitigated. Compare an industrialist getting Rs 10000 crore and his company tanking to the same loan being given to 50000 people of which 2000 are tanking. Then it is less risky. I believe the repayment on Mudra is good...
by arshyam
12 Sep 2018 17:50
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2170
Views: 338035

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

What are people's thoughts about this? MUDRA loans is another crisis in the making, says Raghuram Rajan - The Hindu Former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan has cautioned that the next crisis in India’s banking sector could come from loans given to the unorganised micro and small businesses, called MUDRA ...
by arshyam
12 Sep 2018 17:39
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2170
Views: 338035

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Politics. Elections are far away. If they give up the $$ they make on the taxes now and oil prices continue to remain high, inflation will go up and govt will be out of buffer room to cut before elections. Now, no matter how much people and opposition jump up and down, they have no incentive to dro...
by arshyam
10 Sep 2018 22:15
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Urban Development and Public Policy Discussion
Replies: 420
Views: 39292

Re: Indian Urban Development and Public Policy Discussion

^^ True that. Pathetic roads when driving into the city, given the sheer volume of industrial traffic. Good thing is that Gadkari and Pon R have worked with GoTN to revive the stalled Port elevated expressway, and have extended it to Sriperumbudur. It's going to be a 40-km long 6-lane elevated road ...
by arshyam
10 Sep 2018 21:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 11933

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

<snip> Thanks for the detailed replies Rakesh and Pankajs saars. This thread has already moved a page, so let me try to summarize what you both essentially said before framing some questions I have. Some are just counter-points and may not be actual questions. So far, this is how you both are viewi...
by arshyam
10 Sep 2018 20:25
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Urban Development and Public Policy Discussion
Replies: 420
Views: 39292

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

blr area has more pop than chn area? No, they are roughly the same. This is the result of Chennai 'District' being smaller than the city limits itself and 10% the size of BLR urban district (@2196 sq km). Even the recently expanded size of this district to bring it in line with the corporation limi...
by arshyam
08 Sep 2018 08:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 11933

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

Rakesh saar, good summary. At least you took the trouble to articulate your points. Some of mine: 1) COMCASA will *NOT* divulge all our communications. As Karan Saar pointed out ---> we will have two sets of networks (one for Indian/Existing platforms and the other for COMCASA-equipped platforms). W...
by arshyam
08 Sep 2018 08:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 11933

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

Folks taking of shitty agreement but no one is pointing out the shitty part. One response was about US crew manning the equipment. A document and a section was pointed out but there is no language to support the assumption. Infact, the language that is part of the para is indicative of the exact op...
by arshyam
08 Sep 2018 08:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 11933

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

^^ We can't do much beyond go by what's in the public domain. Unless GoI chooses to reveal what they have signed for, we can only do so much, media spin doctors notwithstanding. As to your question about the offending portion, Manish_P-ji has posted the relevant details above. All , not some. Unles...
by arshyam
07 Sep 2018 22:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 11933

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

^^ We can't do much beyond go by what's in the public domain. Unless GoI chooses to reveal what they have signed for, we can only do so much, media spin doctors notwithstanding.

As to your question about the offending portion, Manish_P-ji has posted the relevant details above.
by arshyam
07 Sep 2018 21:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 11933

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

BTW, some CISMOA equipment require US personnel to be present, inspect, etc. Are we okay with that?l All , not some. Unless it is the one-to-one replacement of malfunctioning equipment. Check para 9 of the CISMOA memorandum of agreement between the US and South Korea Link - here You are right! This...
by arshyam
07 Sep 2018 21:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 11933

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

BTW, some CISMOA equipment require US personnel to be present, inspect , etc. Are we okay with that? https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/india-us-communication-pact-faces-uphill-climb-116090500698_1.html Seems perfectly reasonable to me. Which part is troublesome in your opini...
by arshyam
07 Sep 2018 21:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 11933

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

Thanks to Neshant-ji for bringing this thread up , this old post seems very relevant to this thread. Remember, we are supposed to pay for "upgrading" our communications equipment. Here is a great article brought to my attention by Rohit Vats, ex BRFite. I suspect this must be the right thr...
by arshyam
07 Sep 2018 10:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 11933

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

Now, the PM need not respond to each and every outrage offered by the political opposition, but in this case, he needs to offer a clear and cogent explanation. The country has a right to know.
by arshyam
07 Sep 2018 10:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 11933

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

Please read this article again, just as a refresher. Sure, this talks about CISMOA and not COMCASA, but in the absence of public disclosure by our government, one has to refer to what's already available in the public domain. It does not look good: https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-a...
by arshyam
07 Sep 2018 09:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 11933

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

BTW, some CISMOA equipment require US personnel to be present, inspect, etc. Are we okay with that?

https://www.business-standard.com/artic ... 698_1.html
by arshyam
07 Sep 2018 09:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 11933

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

2) This agreement will allow India access to critical technology which will revolutionise the defence manufacturing. I sincerely hope this would not be like software evolution as most Indians helped US MNC's instead of establishing startups here. There is no way, absolutely no way, that the US will...
by arshyam
06 Sep 2018 22:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 11933

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

So if we needed the great khan to share intel about Chinese troop movement off our borders, then why TF do we have ISRO, NTRO, etc.? Shut the lot down, and use the money to eradicate poverty as outsiders kindly remind us after every sat launch. Same damn story in '62, 50 years and $2T later, same sh...
by arshyam
06 Sep 2018 22:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 485
Views: 36363

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

What does this even mean? Go cry to mummy? Comms are real-time things, going to court after the fact will be of no use. Assuming that there is a court that can enforce something here. We have sold out our interests for sure, question is, by how much? That's what the fine print will reveal. Will the...
by arshyam
06 Sep 2018 17:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 485
Views: 36363

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

Manu Pubby via Twitter #Comcasa done, after the last mile negotiations on legally binding provisions that communications cannot be blocked without a six month notice What does this even mean? Go cry to mummy? Comms are real-time things, going to court after the fact will be of no use. Assuming that...
by arshyam
06 Sep 2018 17:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1830
Views: 230220

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

A sad day... waiting for the fine print to see how much we have sold out our interests.
by arshyam
05 Sep 2018 21:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1575
Views: 187260

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

^^ The Africans should speak for themselves. Let's not invent and assume a brown man's burden here, we'll be no different from the colonials then.
by arshyam
05 Sep 2018 21:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 500
Views: 78775

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

No wonder MoD is hesitant to give orders to the private sector. But L&T has been very reliable and needs to be brought up the value chain. Looking forward to the day I can drive past a few u/c destroyer hulls at Kattupalli. One can dream, right? :)
by arshyam
05 Sep 2018 21:32
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2492
Views: 302174

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

SaiK wrote:So which are those 18 bullet lines? Anyone?

https://swarajyamag.com/amp/story/insta ... -agreement

They are just the train sets, not different lines.

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