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by periaswamy
15 Dec 2017 03:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 745
Views: 108296

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

If India just stands still, Pakistan will do all the hard work of keeping Afghanisthan unstable. In that sense, India's current policy is generating some goodwill and "soft power" with Afghanisthan, for whatever that is worth. Afghans seem to revert to warring factions after any short peri...
by periaswamy
15 Dec 2017 03:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 745
Views: 108296

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

^^ You see me stopping you from writing whatever you want? Correction: should have written "Tajiks were anti-taliban of the "good" kind", not "pro russia". No afghan group has been pro-Russia. Fixed post. Indian politics will not allow putting Indian troops in Afghanist...
by periaswamy
15 Dec 2017 02:49
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Terroristan - 29 September 2017
Replies: 2847
Views: 228856

Re: Terroristan - 29 September 2017

Apparently all pakistanis prefer BJP government to a congress govt

Nirupama Subramanian does a nice spin job to move focus from what happened in Mani Shanar Aiya's place.
by periaswamy
15 Dec 2017 02:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India and ASEAN / East Asia
Replies: 651
Views: 55764

Re: India and ASEAN / East Asia

Act east probably involves a bit more work than just inviting them on republic day -- but it seems serious this time, given that getting tighter with ASEAN seems to be top of the agenda in multiple multilateral forums not involving China.
by periaswamy
15 Dec 2017 02:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 745
Views: 108296

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

It is a little more indirect IMO. US is not directly spreading canards about Ghani. 1. Pakistan is not happy with Ghani 2. the US has reverted to placing pakistan's interests in Afghanisthan above those of other countries in the region. 3. Ghani's positions have moved against Pakistan over the past ...
by periaswamy
15 Dec 2017 01:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 745
Views: 108296

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

US is on record stating that Ghani will complete his term notwithstanding whether the scheduled parliamentary elections are held or not. US is backing Ghani. Ghani was Pak`s man. He is a slippery customer and like most afghans would be happy to play India, Pakistan or any other country. I am sure t...
by periaswamy
14 Dec 2017 22:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Data Security: Keeping your bride in your best friend's house
Replies: 72
Views: 4658

Re: Indian Data Security: Keeping your bride in your best friend's house

Keeping servers in the country is only part of the issue. All of these machines are on the internet, so allowing access to the data of Indian companies and Indian resources of value, is equivalent to just moving the data out of the country for all practical purposes. How the US govt. uses the amazon...
by periaswamy
14 Dec 2017 21:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 745
Views: 108296

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

xposted from India-US thread: The release of the Coalition Support Fund, the removal of LeT's name from the aid bill after pressure from Pakistan, the inclusion of India in the portfolio of the US Special Representative to Afghanistan, the renewed interest the US is showing in mediating between Indi...
by periaswamy
14 Dec 2017 07:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 313818

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

shiv: The minute you try to come with an explanation you are screwed. You might as well take the square rod in the historywala's hand and shove it up your own backside because you have fallen into his trap by trying to give an explanation of a narrative of a past event on his terms using things tha...
by periaswamy
14 Dec 2017 07:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 313818

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

speaking for myself, I would like to know how a bridge was constructed across a 30 mile stretch (which I believe it was) -- must have involved some amount of cleverness, and it would good to know that. floating rocks that were light to carry across and dump on the water to sink once all the water wa...
by periaswamy
14 Dec 2017 06:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 313818

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

dishaji: What the engineering college does is actually create a Sethu some 2 kms out in the ocean by using rocks, boulders, sand and some timber and do an engineering analysis on it. While the science college does a study of geology and the rocks around the area. dishaji, this is not necessarily en...
by periaswamy
14 Dec 2017 04:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 313818

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

Periaswamy'ji., you are going in circles - for once please look at this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pumice_raft and also this link http://www.iflscience.com/physics/scientists-solve-mystery-of-how-pumice-stones-float-/ and read this https://www.wired.com/2012/08/the-biology-of-volcanic-pumic...
by periaswamy
13 Dec 2017 20:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 313818

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

peter:ndeed it should help especially those who like to label others trolls. It is fascinating that the Arundhati Vashisht based year proposal does not match the sequence I had posted. You have refuted nothing about Arundhati and Vashishta, and neither does Amber G.'s post, which is about an entire...
by periaswamy
13 Dec 2017 09:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1957
Views: 248292

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

US farm subsidies grow Two years ago, when the most recent Farm Bill emerged from Congress, the measure's authors proudly announced what sounded like bold cuts in these controversial programs. The Senate Agriculture Committee noted in a press release that the new law would eliminate one big subsidy...
by periaswamy
13 Dec 2017 07:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 313818

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

AmberG.:Please excuse me for stating something here. Please dismiss my words as rubbish if you like, but I believe that our education brainwashes us with information sourced from Europe along with the indoctrination that what comes from Europe I am not dismissing your information at all. I believe ...
by periaswamy
13 Dec 2017 07:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 313818

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

disha:I am neither being facetious or sarcastic! I was just being truthful. If I have an army of 1000s of "monkeys", I will not run a school to teach them various rocks and identify ones which float or ones which do not float. I will just mark those that float and ask them to go and dump ...
by periaswamy
13 Dec 2017 03:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 745
Views: 108296

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

The pashtuns have it rough. The paki army just has to ensure disunity between the power centers -- they supported the Quetta shura for this end in the past. It is a lot easier to create friction between these pashtun groups and stop them from uniting, so that they don't turn their attention to erasi...
by periaswamy
13 Dec 2017 03:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 313818

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

thanks, AmberG and A_Gupta. Given the above, the shortest interval for "lunar eclipse->new moon" can be different from shortest interval between "full moon->new moon" in a given interval, which is probably not good enough to deduce about textual observations in this context. Sinc...
by periaswamy
13 Dec 2017 02:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 313818

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

Amber G.I once had a book which listed every full and new moon timing from about 5000 BC to a few centuries in future. Amber G.ji, maybe I am missing something here. is there some relationship between full moon and lunar eclipses that makes the interval between full moon and new moon related to the...
by periaswamy
13 Dec 2017 02:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 313818

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

disha:Rocks still float. Pumice rock float on water and are found near areas of volcanic activity. India has known volcanic activity and has tons of pumice rocks around S. TN and all the way to Dhanushkodi and S. Lanka. dishaji, That video does not state what type of rocks they are. Is there some r...
by periaswamy
13 Dec 2017 02:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 313818

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

Amber G. :-- Average time between a full and a new moon is about 14 days 18 hours 22 minutes (Not 13 day and X hours). All eclipses happens on full or a new moon. So if one just wants to get an upper and lower bound for time period between new/full moon, just assume an elliptical orbit (e=.05) Than...
by periaswamy
13 Dec 2017 00:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 313818

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

Syam: Now I wonder how reliable are earlier Greek works. They didn't even know how to record history. Horrible pronunciation of words. Can't say a single word without messing it up. It's like they were some primitive tribes who didn't know how to speak words in proper way. I think that is sort of t...
by periaswamy
12 Dec 2017 19:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 313818

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

AmberG. mportant things I would think are: 1 - A eclipse (lunar or solar) is precise time (may be measured in time of day within minutes accuracy even in old days). 2 - This is true also for true "purnima" or "Amawas" for astronomers. For (It is not a tithi or day but exact time...
by periaswamy
12 Dec 2017 19:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 313818

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

Nilesh Oak: If they are indeed from ~7000 BCE(I think the clip said 7000 years ago


Oakji, Yes, that was wrongly stated in the post with the video link -- the land bridge existed 7000 years ago, i.e., 5000 BCE not 7000 BCE.
by periaswamy
12 Dec 2017 10:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Islamism & Islamophobia Abroad - News & Analysis (9-8-2014)
Replies: 3500
Views: 242433

Re: Islamism & Islamophobia Abroad - News & Analysis (9-8-2014)

Lo9ks like he got it in the testimonials.


his heart and mind are bound to follow his testimonials, now that he is in custody.
by periaswamy
12 Dec 2017 09:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 745
Views: 108296

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

Karthik_S, I think one assumption is that tribal cohesion is not overridden by any other identity outside the identity of the tribe, so we cannot view the behavior of different tribes as a single cohesive unit, since each group determines its own interests different from other groups.
by periaswamy
12 Dec 2017 09:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 313818

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

sudarshan: So the periodicity of the observation to date is - NONE, it was a one-time observation. From now on, due to the proper motion of stars, it will occur about every 11- to 13,000 years (depending on how accurately you think you know the phenomenon of "precession of the earth's axis&quo...
by periaswamy
12 Dec 2017 09:12
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Terroristan - 29 September 2017
Replies: 2847
Views: 228856

Re: Terroristan - 29 September 2017

Pakistan does not have the capability to interfere in India's election, not least because the INC is approaching zero politically in Gujarat, if not the rest of India. So it is clear that this is just political rhetoric on all sides, not that it excuses the behavior of MMS, Mani Shankar Aitar and th...
by periaswamy
12 Dec 2017 08:45
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Terroristan - 29 September 2017
Replies: 2847
Views: 228856

Re: Terroristan - 29 September 2017

There is a simpler explanation for the Paki army to try and control the political end of the rentier state by introducing the likes of terrorists like Hafiz Saeed and his Lashkhar-e-toiba as a poltiical entity, which requires sidelining conventional political parties like PML(N). The paki army seems...
by periaswamy
12 Dec 2017 06:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 313818

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

So why is the observation about Alcor/Mizar in MB a big deal?


A_Gupta asked this question and it was answered in page 75 of this thread in this post by Nilesh Oak » 24 Jul 2017 06:38.

The periodicity of this observation is in the order of 11000 years, not 24 hours.
by periaswamy
12 Dec 2017 06:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5450
Views: 505388

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

Neither the west nor russia are India's BFFs -- they have their interests and we have ours. It seems more important to know what our interests are first, so that we know how to deal with these (and other) countries on a case-by-case basis.
by periaswamy
12 Dec 2017 05:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2399
Views: 300859

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

Shipping insurance companies consider Hambantota as a high risk port Shipping insurance companies have dubbed Hambantota port in South Sri Lanka as a “high risk” one after local striking workers detained two vessels, including a large Japanese vessel carrying vehicles, for several days last week, t...
by periaswamy
12 Dec 2017 05:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 313818

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

distance between earth and sun -- perihelion calculator etc. The eccentricity of the Earth's orbit 1900 - 2100 according to Meeus (Astronomical Algorithms, Willmann-Bell) is decreasing by 0.000,042 per century (0.0167,086 in 2000). The above implies that the eccentricity of earth is also a function...
by periaswamy
12 Dec 2017 04:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 313818

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

A_Gupta: This particular one - a lunar eclipse 13 days following the Jyestha amawas is rare. Thanks. Do you know the period of recurrence of this kind of event? Since the interval between new moons is about 27 days, and if the periodicity of the eclipse is N days - then 27*N is an upper bound on th...
by periaswamy
12 Dec 2017 03:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 313818

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

peter: Here is a list of astronomical references from Mahabharata which occur just before and during the Mahabharata war. Think of these as a list of references which should all match for a date to be accepted. 1 Purnima in a few days on the following Kartika nakshatra (three days from 0). 2 Lunar ...
by periaswamy
12 Dec 2017 02:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5450
Views: 505388

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

Russia is a reliable partner in other areas where our interests align, like nuclear power for example. But clearly, India serves their interests less in Central Asia compared to China. After all China's Asia Bank is coughing up a lot of cash to build roads in the ex-USSR states like turkmenistan and...
by periaswamy
12 Dec 2017 02:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5450
Views: 505388

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

Russia is just behaving like any other country -- their actions are only surprising if you believe stuff along the lines of "India Russia are blood brothers and their friendship is eternal". Their interests in Central Asia and Afghanisthan align with China's OBOR policy, so they are giving...
by periaswamy
12 Dec 2017 02:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5058
Views: 313818

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

peter: Here is what I know: crap related to linguistics deleted peter: The fundamental problem with this is there was no sarasvati in 1900 BC which was mighty or broke its banks. It had dried up. This was pointed out by BB Lal the ASI chief. Saraswati was dead long before 1900 BC but this is not th...

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