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by Rudradev
21 Sep 2019 09:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2734
Views: 406108

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

ramana wrote:RD, How about we look a facts and park our views for a moment?


Excellent idea. Now who is to judge what views are based on "facts" rather than poorly-informed prejudices?
by Rudradev
21 Sep 2019 03:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2734
Views: 406108

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Not really sure how "this is not a presser" is supposed to make a difference.

The guy is notorious, even at public speaking events with no Q&A format, for going off script and bloviating extempor with whatever pops into his mouth.
by Rudradev
21 Sep 2019 02:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2734
Views: 406108

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

My biggest concern is that Trump (being a tone-deaf moron focused entirely on aggrandizing self-promotion) will come to the event stage and blurt out some sentence with the words "Cash-mere... Paggy-Stan...Mediation". The moment this happens, it will become the ENTIRE story. Imran will jum...
by Rudradev
19 Sep 2019 01:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3283
Views: 491360

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

One thing I am not able to get an answer, is why were the Mirage/JF17 which were firing PGM not targeted with BVR? The H4 has to be guided by the Mirage until impact and this means they have to be at station during the entire period. Why were they not hit as soon as the PGM were released? The quest...
by Rudradev
18 Sep 2019 04:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 925
Views: 157902

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

The Afghan President Ghani narrowly missed being killed by Taliban bombers to day. The very fact that they're attempting decapitation strikes means that they are worried. Governments in Kabul (and Afghan national security forces) have actually been very effective against Pak-sponsored jihadis histo...
by Rudradev
17 Sep 2019 09:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2734
Views: 406108

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Taliban Khan will also be in Houston??
by Rudradev
13 Sep 2019 01:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India Border Watch: Security and Operations
Replies: 3390
Views: 542477

Re: India Border Watch: Security and Operations

https://swarajyamag.com/insta/40-heavil ... ays-report


40 Heavily Armed Pakistani Terrorists May Have Infiltrated Across LoC Into J&K, Says Report


Swarajya Staff
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by Rudradev
13 Sep 2019 01:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2734
Views: 406108

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

According to Suhag Shukla of the Hindu American Foundation, the New York Times is a "Lost Cause" in terms of entrenched anti-India and Hinduphobic editorial tone. This is because of a very powerful senior opinions editor, Basharat Peer, who basically has absolute authority to determine the...
by Rudradev
13 Sep 2019 01:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2734
Views: 406108

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Great article by Vamsee Juluri on NPR's Hinduphobia: https://www.opindia.com/2019/09/npr-furkan-khan-how-portal-normalises-anti-hindu-rhetoric/ Please click the link below and sign the petition: https://www.change.org/p/national-public-radio-journalistic-integrity-in-reporting-on-hinduism-npr?utm_co...
by Rudradev
13 Sep 2019 01:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Tradition, Culture, Religion & Law in Indian Society
Replies: 424
Views: 27498

Re: Tradition, Culture, Religion & Law in Indian Society

My personal favourite is the translation by Swami Ranganathananda of Ramkrishna Mission. It's in 3 volumes and dives deeply into a verse-by-verse exposition of the text. https://www.amazon.com/Universal-Messag ... 8175052139
by Rudradev
11 Sep 2019 23:27
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 2361
Views: 351608

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

this is the reason why the "prostrating" shakespearian archbishop prostrated in punjab. twitter Punjab is yielding a rich harvest, so that explains the extra remorse. The British-directed narrative has been developed as follows: "We Sikhs are Not Hindus" (Bhai Khan Singh Nabha -...
by Rudradev
08 Sep 2019 03:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5220
Views: 426493

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

I would strongly suggest that people read every sentence, table, and data point in Neeraj Rai's paper before mouthing off inordinately regarding its conclusions. The fraud Vagheesh Narasimhan's paper had been available as a pre-print for years before Dr. Priyadarshi, for example, was able to identif...
by Rudradev
07 Sep 2019 05:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: BRF Information Warfare & Social Media Cell
Replies: 54
Views: 6559

Re: BRF Information Warfare & Social Media Cell

@Indosphere. Let's make sure we ALL follow one another.
by Rudradev
07 Sep 2019 05:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: BRF Information Warfare & Social Media Cell
Replies: 54
Views: 6559

Re: BRF Information Warfare & Social Media Cell

@Indosphere. Let's make sure we ALL follow one another.
by Rudradev
04 Sep 2019 04:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2734
Views: 406108

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Jay wrote:Arun ji, I agree to disagree with you on this and any discussions on the above topics will broach into an alternate spectrum for BR forums, I leave it at that.



+1008, on this issue I disagree with Arun Prabhu ji completely myself.
by Rudradev
02 Sep 2019 07:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Anti-India Politicians in the United States & UK
Replies: 73
Views: 6171

Re: Anti-India Politicians in the United States

Raja K is a good guy. He was man enough to attend & speak at the World Hindu Congress in Chicago last year when even Tulsi Gabbard pulled out, making excuses about "partisan political entities" being invited. For that he has earned some license to lay low & play ambiguous at a time...
by Rudradev
02 Sep 2019 03:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Anti-India Politicians in the United States & UK
Replies: 73
Views: 6171

Re: Anti-India Politicians in the United States

To start with, since the battlespace for now appears to be mainly Twitter, can we get some field comms going to help organize & coordinate our efforts? I had no idea KLNM was on Twitter at all. Please see the BRF Info Warfare and Social Media Thread here. https://forums.bharat-rakshak.com/viewto...
by Rudradev
01 Sep 2019 13:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Anti-India Politicians in the United States & UK
Replies: 73
Views: 6171

Re: Anti-India Politicians in the United States

Bernie Sanders' Campaign Manager, Faiz Shakir, is a Pakistani.
by Rudradev
31 Aug 2019 02:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Anti-India Politicians in the United States & UK
Replies: 73
Views: 6171

Re: Anti-India Politicians in the United States

Supratik ji, I'm not sure how true that is. Could you imagine after 9/11 (plus San Bernadino, Orlando, and other incidents)... not to speak of protracted US military conflicts against Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and Taliban... the state of affairs as it exists today? That being a loud and inveterate apologist f...
by Rudradev
30 Aug 2019 14:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Anti-India Politicians in the United States & UK
Replies: 73
Views: 6171

Re: Anti-India Politicians in the United States

No issues, I just request that separate and dedicated threads be created for each country. These threads are intended to collate actionable information in an easily accessible manner so that PIOs/NRIs in the respective countries can organize accordingly. Having as little clutter as possible makes th...
by Rudradev
30 Aug 2019 13:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Anti-India Politicians in the United States & UK
Replies: 73
Views: 6171

Re: Anti-India Politicians in the United States

One more. Saira Rao , a Democratic primary candidate for US Congress from Colorado 1st District (but thankfully not a member of Congress yet.) Lots and lots of hateful tweets about Kashmir, including: saira rao @sairasameerarao Good night to Kashmir. We are with you. You have not been forgotten. Sha...
by Rudradev
30 Aug 2019 13:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Anti-India Politicians in the United States & UK
Replies: 73
Views: 6171

Anti-India Politicians in the United States & UK

I am starting this thread to document the names and words of United States Congress Representatives who have issued public statements in line with Pakistani propaganda vis-a-vis the abrogation of Article 370. I would also like us to record here the name of every Presidential or Senatorial Candidate ...
by Rudradev
29 Aug 2019 00:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 1995
Views: 247812

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

Is it now perfectly acceptable for a Paki to crawl up the drainpipe into our midst and begin peddling a revisionist historical narrative for which there is no shred of evidence... and which is actually offensive to senior BRF members who lived through the traumatic events it distorts? This is the Go...
by Rudradev
23 Aug 2019 03:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 925
Views: 157902

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

^Agreed. Best we bide our time and chop off bits and pieces where we can, making the Pakis' life even more hellish than it already is.
by Rudradev
23 Aug 2019 02:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 925
Views: 157902

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

"Armed combatant contractors" :rotfl: . You can trust the Americans to come up with some unnecessarily long euphemistic moniker for anything. Back in the day, they were just called mercenaries. Even now we hear of Columbian mercenaries in Yemen and Russian mercenaries in Syria. But when t...
by Rudradev
23 Aug 2019 02:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 925
Views: 157902

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

I believe then you have false impression on capabilities of US milistary, just look at Syria , ookraine and Afghanistan. Also there are contractors on the ground since many years in Afghanistan, why they failed to deliver thus far in Afghanistan (and I also may add Syria ) ? When you rely on one-li...
by Rudradev
23 Aug 2019 01:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 1995
Views: 222249

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

The entire sequence of events from 3T Bill passage to 370 Abrogation to Karnataka reconquista to Chidu-vadha (also Kamal Nath's Bathija-vadha) has come like a fusillade of Pinakas. No time for the anti-nationals to orient (let alone respond) to any one blow before one or two more have already struck...
by Rudradev
23 Aug 2019 01:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2734
Views: 406108

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

^ Kit ji, I think this is basically what US is proposing to at least the faction of Taliban engaged in the Doha talks. There have been increasing clashes between the Taliban and ISIS in Afgh. US is offering to hit ISIS selectively in these clashes (effectively offering drone/air support to Taliban o...
by Rudradev
23 Aug 2019 00:19
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2734
Views: 406108

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Maps like the one posted above (from Al Jazeera) are somewhat misleading. Large areas in sq. km. terms are often colored as "controlled" or "contested" by the Taliban... but who really lives there, and what do these terms actually mean? Consider this https://www.longwarjournal.or...
by Rudradev
22 Aug 2019 05:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 925
Views: 157902

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

Capabilities were restricted by the fact that US military troop deployments led to political pressure in the US. Both against continuous rotations of regular troops into theatre and against contravening ROE by incurring "collateral damage", "civilian casualties", "human righ...
by Rudradev
22 Aug 2019 05:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 925
Views: 157902

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

Doesn't look like any appetite for a withdrawal to me :D You have enough apettite to absorb whatever challenges bunnies throw at you for your outpost , you have appetite to throw away money, you have contractors and porkis. Then why the need to negotiate with tali bunnies ? :D Just naatak! If you w...
by Rudradev
22 Aug 2019 04:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 925
Views: 157902

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

Interesting, Rishirishi ji. From the CSR report we see that among the Contractors currently present in Afghanistan, 44% are US nationals, 14% are Afghan nationals and the remaining 42% (over 10,000) are "foreign or third country nationals". It would be very politically awkward for any coun...
by Rudradev
22 Aug 2019 04:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 925
Views: 157902

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

If one actually looks at the data from Congressional Research Services report for US force levels in Afghanistan: https://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R44116.pdf Numbers of US military troops and contractors in Afghanistan have gone from Q2_2017 8,400 Troops 24,900 Contractors Q3_2017 8,300 Troops 23,525 ...
by Rudradev
22 Aug 2019 03:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 925
Views: 157902

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

https://twitter.com/TOLOnews/status/1163856029643399168 Pakistan fires over 200 missiles on Afghanistan’s Kunar province in the last three days, the provincial governor's spokesman Abdul Ghani Musamim said, adding the rocket attacks have left four houses destroyed, but there no details about possibl...
by Rudradev
22 Aug 2019 02:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 925
Views: 157902

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

https://www.voanews.com/south-central-asia/trump-talks-taliban-continue-afghanistan-still-terror-breeding-ground Trump: Talks with Taliban Continue, Afghanistan Still Terror 'Breeding Ground' By Ayaz Gul August 19, 2019 10:59 AM ISLAMABAD - The fate of a much-anticipated peace agreement between the ...
by Rudradev
21 Aug 2019 22:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 1995
Views: 247812

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

The only thing sillier than our having worried about "hyphenation" in the first place is worrying today about "re-hyphenation". We have progressed far, far beyond the state of affairs when the chattering classes of the West could elevate or lower the status of India by deploying ...
by Rudradev
21 Aug 2019 22:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 925
Views: 157902

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

No. By relying on the Pakis they doomed their effort to stalemate at best. Now let me ask a counter-question: if America does not "win" in Afghanistan, does that automatically mean the Taliban "wins"? What exactly do they "win"? And which "Taliban" exactly wil...
by Rudradev
21 Aug 2019 21:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 925
Views: 157902

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

There are a lot of things people say about Afghanistan that are famous because other people have said them. They have no bearing on reality. Example 1) "Afghanistan is a graveyard of empires". No, it is not. It was the graveyard of the British empire, and of course the British had to paint...
by Rudradev
21 Aug 2019 21:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 925
Views: 157902

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

Maybe. Erik Prince's proposal does include a 90-plane "private air force": https://www.voanews.com/usa/erik-prince-again-touts-plan-privatize-us-war-afghanistan Prince's plan would replace thousands of U.S. troops with fewer private contractors, who would be backed by a 90-plane private ai...
by Rudradev
21 Aug 2019 20:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 925
Views: 157902

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

My guess: Taliban splinters. Many will go over to ISIS-AfPak (which has already grown to over 3000 cadres from only a handful some years ago). Some like the Haqqanis will remain strictly Islamabad's proxies (carrying out whatever instructions ISI feeds them, as they always have). I hope that still o...

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