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by A_Gupta
20 Sep 2017 17:18
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 3653
Views: 298811

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

Gross fixed capital formation in India: https://tradingeconomics.com/india/gross-fixed-capital-formation Look at the forecast on this chart. Not outstanding, but not dismal either in absolute terms. But as a fraction of GDP, which is probably what counts, ouch! https://tradingeconomics.com/india/gro...
by A_Gupta
18 Sep 2017 17:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 3857
Views: 123445

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

Apart from Varuna, Mitra, Indra, Nasatyas mentioned in the Mitanni treaty, let us not forget the contemporaneous chariot horse training manual by Kikkuli that has a number of Sanskrit words, including the numbers. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kikkuli CTH 284 consists of four well preserved tablets ...
by A_Gupta
18 Sep 2017 16:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 3857
Views: 123445

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

This is how they talk about Europe: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/02/thousands-horsemen-may-have-swept-bronze-age-europe-transforming-local-population Call it an ancient thousand man march. Early Bronze Age men from the vast grasslands of the Eurasian steppe swept into Europe on horseback abou...
by A_Gupta
17 Sep 2017 23:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 3857
Views: 123445

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

On a somewhat different note: The Greeks had encountered a major non-Indo-European language of significance with the Egyptians, and perhaps more in Mesopotamia. They then came in contact with the Indians; and they might have noticed that the languages were closer to their own. I'm wondering if there...
by A_Gupta
17 Sep 2017 23:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 3857
Views: 123445

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

Briefly: 1. Languages spread by people moving (e.g., how English came to North America) or by contact (e.g., how English came to India). 2. Both contact and migration may involve conquest (both are involved in the examples of 1.) 3. In all cases, a specific people are involved in this spread of lang...
by A_Gupta
17 Sep 2017 19:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 3857
Views: 123445

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

The missing centuries mentioned by Vedveer Arya have been bothering me. Now, I don't think world history is missing that many centuries, it is the cross-linkage of Indian history and rest-of-the-world history that is missing it. In this regard the recent carbon dating of the Bakhshali manuscript is ...
by A_Gupta
17 Sep 2017 19:11
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 3653
Views: 298811

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

no loan taker is willing to furnish credible sureties or tangible collateral for the loans, preferring, as usual, to tank bank loans and share the spoils as was being done in ALL previous governments. the shady returns in the "loan" rackets have diminished and become very risky and the co...
by A_Gupta
16 Sep 2017 18:57
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 3653
Views: 298811

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

^^^ If the banks are flush with funds from demonetization, and the exporters have orders in hand, why is credit lacking, why should there be a liquidity crunch? Isn't a loan to a business to fulfill an export order one of the lower risk business credits that banks could extend? (I don't know, maybe ...
by A_Gupta
16 Sep 2017 16:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 520
Views: 30979

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

What North Korea has today, Pakistan gets tomorrow.
by A_Gupta
15 Sep 2017 18:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 3857
Views: 123445

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

^^^Great material! I hope the people on this thread with history degrees note carefully how history is often constructed by ignoring the evidence that goes against the narrative one wants to have. In particular, a lot of Indologists and the societies they were embedded in were enamored of the idea o...
by A_Gupta
15 Sep 2017 18:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 3857
Views: 123445

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

As far as I can tell, Sten Konow's work was studiously ignored by most Indologists, and possibly mentioned only to dismiss it. scholar.google.com finds this paper cited only once. As you point out, there is both an absence of evidence - e.g., of Varuna/Mitra paired together, and of Indra as a major ...
by A_Gupta
15 Sep 2017 17:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 3857
Views: 123445

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

Shiv, my guess is that you have not seen "The Aryan Gods of the Mitani People" by Sten Konow (1923) During a previous bout of AIT/AMT/OIT, this reference came up, and not finding it in the libraries here, I actually ordered a copy from Norway, where they were selling from the original publ...
by A_Gupta
15 Sep 2017 16:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 3857
Views: 123445

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

FYI, the Bakhshali manuscript was dated by the writing, e.g., "the manuscript is written in an earlier form of Śāradā script, which was mainly in use from the 8th to the 12th century". Now it is carbon-dated to five hundred years earlier - to the 3rd or 4th century. That means, in my opini...
by A_Gupta
13 Sep 2017 17:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 3857
Views: 123445

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

^^^ http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/history-and-culture/dr-george-gheverghese-joseph-tsays-the-work-of-kerala-mathematicians-influenced-their-european-counterparts/article7818063.ece The initial reaction of the British to Indian science was one of awe. But later, as they tightened the...
by A_Gupta
11 Sep 2017 17:17
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 3653
Views: 298811

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

Bloomberg reports: Helpless Homebuyers Thwart India's Quick Fix for Bad Debt https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-10/helpless-homebuyers-thwart-indian-plan-for-quick-fix-to-bad-debt Fifteen miles east of India’s capital lies Jaypee Wish Town, a sprawling 1,162-acre site spotted with unfin...
by A_Gupta
11 Sep 2017 17:08
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 3653
Views: 298811

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

There was another report in "The Chindu" about how medical seats sale in Karnataka medical colleges have seen a steep fall in prices, not only because of NEET, but also because of the "cash" that was once freely available amongst certain sections of our society. Same with real e...
by A_Gupta
11 Sep 2017 07:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 3857
Views: 123445

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

Is Indian interest served by this rewrite of history? Is it o.k. to rewrite history in the name of serving interest even if it is lie? I strongly disagree with those who subscribe to such ideas! Truth must prevail - Saytamev Jayate! That should be our guiding principle. Rajasthan rewrites history: ...
by A_Gupta
10 Sep 2017 23:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 3857
Views: 123445

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

Another gassy historian: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/09/has-the-voynich-manuscript-really-been-solved/539310/ ' Gibbs’s article broadly consists of two parts. The first part details various old illustrations and writings from which the Voynich manuscript appear to be derived. In...
by A_Gupta
09 Sep 2017 22:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Positive News from the USA
Replies: 2944
Views: 64067

Re: Positive News from the USA

The American extreme right-wing and Pakistanis share the same paranoia - that the US government can control the weather. Remember HAARP? ( https://www.memri.org/reports/pakistani-websites-accuse-cia-causing-pakistan-flooding-us-research-program-haarp-being-used from 2010: Pakistani Websites Accuse C...
by A_Gupta
09 Sep 2017 18:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 3857
Views: 123445

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

Hahaha, for a bunch of guys who study history, you should try learning from it. I turned on "ignore" on SriJoy weeks ago, and need only suffer him in other folks' quotes of him.
by A_Gupta
09 Sep 2017 17:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 3857
Views: 123445

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

What is going on with Rakhigarhi aDNA? http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/ancient-dna-lab-at-bsip-to-unearth-harappan-history/articleshow/60431875.cms LUCKNOW: The mystery surrounding the origin of the Indus valley population and reconstructing the history of Harappa will be possible wi...
by A_Gupta
08 Sep 2017 05:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Positive News from the USA
Replies: 2944
Views: 64067

Re: Positive News from the USA

The debt ceiling serves no purpose, raising it merely is saying the US will honor debts **already** incurred.

Anyway,
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/ar ... source=twb
The First White President

is a magnificent rant.
by A_Gupta
05 Sep 2017 01:12
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 3653
Views: 298811

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

The only citation of the paper by the dubious esteemed Swiss professor who "found virtually no evidence that these solar microgrids had any broader socioeconomic effect" was the paper I cited above, repeat: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2985529 This via scholar.google...
by A_Gupta
04 Sep 2017 18:31
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 3653
Views: 298811

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2985529 Abstract Achieving universal access to electricity is one of the most important energy policy goals set by governments in the developing world. The recent empirical literature, however, paints a mixed picture about the economic viability of...
by A_Gupta
04 Sep 2017 14:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Geopolitical consequences of possible nuclear conflict in Korea
Replies: 66
Views: 3636

Re: Geopolitical consequences of possible nuclear conflict in Korea

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/09/what-the-timing-of-the-north-korean-test-means/538794/ So what do the North Koreans aim to get out of their ceaseless pursuit of new and more shocking demonstrations of missile and nuclear technology? In blunt terms, they want to give Washing...
by A_Gupta
04 Sep 2017 07:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Geopolitical consequences of possible nuclear conflict in Korea
Replies: 66
Views: 3636

Re: Geopolitical consequences of possible nuclear conflict in Korea

What threat can a nuclear-armed Japan pose to the vastly larger China? In half a day chinese strikes can wipe out Japan, so Japan having nukes is absolutely no deterrent to anyone. Yeah, Japanese raped and killed some 300,000 in Nanjig, but in 2 days some 400,000 died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and ...
by A_Gupta
04 Sep 2017 06:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Geopolitical consequences of possible nuclear conflict in Korea
Replies: 66
Views: 3636

Re: Geopolitical consequences of possible nuclear conflict in Korea

Japan not dependent on the US nuclear umbrella is a gamechanger for that part of the world. China will not be happy. https://www.commentarymagazine.com/politics-ideas/japan-go-nuclear/ Frankly, the prospect of a nuclear-armed Japan is the only thing that really gets Chinese officials to stand up and...
by A_Gupta
04 Sep 2017 05:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Geopolitical consequences of possible nuclear conflict in Korea
Replies: 66
Views: 3636

Re: Geopolitical consequences of possible nuclear conflict in Korea

Also, if the choice for China is between a Japan that sheds its pacifism and re-arms and maybe becomes nuclear-armed, and a defanged North Korea, perhaps reunified with South Korea, which one will it choose?
by A_Gupta
04 Sep 2017 01:07
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 3653
Views: 298811

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

If not paying taxes makes money "efficient" (whatever that means), then the Pakistani economy should be beating hollow the Indian economy. The joke is that "market efficiency" doesn't mean that money works better. It simply means that "prices always fully reflect available i...
by A_Gupta
03 Sep 2017 22:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Geopolitical consequences of possible nuclear conflict in Korea
Replies: 66
Views: 3636

Re: Geopolitical consequences of possible nuclear conflict in Korea

Will a US war against NoKo as described above lead to a South-Korea-led reunification of Korea?
IMO, such a reunification will be unacceptable to China.
by A_Gupta
03 Sep 2017 21:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 9983
Views: 675914

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

What makes threats credible today? I put this question to 250 foreign military officers over the past two years. Their answers were surprising. The No. 1 ranked factor in threat credibility was not a country’s willingness to risk soldiers’ lives, its superior power, or even its reputation for carry...
by A_Gupta
03 Sep 2017 21:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 361
Views: 35972

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/09/deterrence-malpractice/538779/ I like this paragraph. But history tells us that sheer power is often not enough: The most powerful side in a contest of threats frequently doesn’t win. The U.S. had more military, economic, and political power ...
by A_Gupta
03 Sep 2017 20:34
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 3653
Views: 298811

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

Why is Indian economic growth currently maxing out at 7% or so? What are the bottlenecks as they existed in 2014, and what progress has been made in widening these 2014-2017? Have any new obstacles been created? Lastly, when will the benefits of clearing these bottlenecks become apparent? I guess th...
by A_Gupta
01 Sep 2017 23:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 3857
Views: 123445

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

Sarkar, A. et al. Oxygen isotope in archaeological bioapatites from India: Implications to climate change and decline of Bronze Age Harappan civilization. Sci. Rep. 6, 26555; doi: 10.1038/srep26555 (2016).
https://www.nature.com/articles/srep26555
by A_Gupta
01 Sep 2017 16:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 3857
Views: 123445

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

Not directly related to out-of-India, but relevant to ancient Asia: http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2017/02/06/shifting-monsoon-altered-early-cultures-in-china-study-says/ Between 5,500 and 5,000 years ago, the monsoon weakened and rainfall over northern China decreased by 50 percent, the researchers f...
by A_Gupta
30 Aug 2017 02:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 3857
Views: 123445

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

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/vedic-aryan-race-genetics-dna-europe-indians-europe-caspian/1/1012041.html July 27, 2017. Even now, researchers are trying to get genetic results from samples at Rakhigarhi in Haryana dating to the Harappan period. Supposition can quickly be replaced with certitude...

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