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by Rudradev
09 Dec 2017 05:07
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 154
Views: 16344

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Suraj, Any comments on the FRDI bill and bail-in clause? The scaremongering hit-piece ("Banks will take all your money", etc.) is getting a LOT of traction on SM, WhatsApp, etc. Your pithy, well-informed summaries were a terrific source of ammunition during the demonetization information w...
by Rudradev
09 Dec 2017 04:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 637
Views: 73082

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

^ I wonder what story Trump Administration sold to GOI to convince us to fall victim to this scam. No doubt something about how China is gaining influence in Pakistan, and it's better for India that America retains influence in Pakistan, so India should help America retain such influence by rewardin...
by Rudradev
09 Dec 2017 04:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 637
Views: 73082

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

Tie the above to the US brokered deal to allow access to Khulbushan Jadhav. US has forced the new rounds of talks/concessions No, Pakistan has forced new rounds of talks/concessions by kidnapping Jadhav from Iran in the first place. US has facilitated that process, no doubt, but in the end it is ex...
by Rudradev
09 Dec 2017 02:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 3828
Views: 157974

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

:mrgreen: Did the Indus Civilization provide the chariots, which they built exclusively with tall, fair-skinned riders in mind? Or was it that the Indo-Aryans mastered the technology and resource management for chariot building, but somehow no other industrial or economic activity at all, while watc...
by Rudradev
29 Nov 2017 04:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 976
Views: 68292

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

This from the "Union of Concerned Scientists" (sounds like the very boor non-broliferatullah's FAS). Take it FWIW, I disclaim any attribution of credibility. http://allthingsnuclear.org/dwright/nk-longest-missile-test-yet North Korea’s Longest Missile Test Yet David Wright, co-director and...
by Rudradev
29 Nov 2017 04:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 976
Views: 68292

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

Here we go again... https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/28/north-korea-missile-launch-193002 North Korea test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday that the Pentagon estimates traveled more than 600 miles — ending a more than two-month lull in Pyongyang's provocative behavior. &q...
by Rudradev
19 Nov 2017 11:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Positive News from the USA
Replies: 3001
Views: 80940

Re: Positive News from the USA

To speculate about whether "evidence" for Roy Moore's serial pedophiliac sexual assaults will stand up in court is to miss the side of the barn the point entirely. Of course it won't. It is never going before any court (of law). The statute of limitations on these allegations expired along...
by Rudradev
18 Nov 2017 05:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Positive News from the USA
Replies: 3001
Views: 80940

Re: Positive News from the USA

These 40 year old allegations are somewhat unbelievable and there are some bases for them. I think this fellow is a hardcore nature EJ fellow. Still is you are making allegations which are that old then there shall be something more than allegations. . On the contrary, the allegations are more beli...
by Rudradev
17 Nov 2017 03:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 1021
Views: 165347

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

FOLLOW UP TO IAF HINDON STATION (GHAZIABAD, UP) ATTEMPTED BREACH http://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/hindon-air-base-new-delhi-air-force-personnel-man-shot-scaling-wall-uttar-pradesh-ghaziabad/125729 Suspect is a 25-year-old man from Pratapgarh, UP who gave his name as "Sujeet Kumar"...
by Rudradev
16 Nov 2017 01:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ONGOING: Terrorist Attack on Hindon Airbase, Ghaziabad, UP
Replies: 13
Views: 1516

Re: ONGOING: Terrorist Attack on Hindon Airbase, Ghaziabad, UP

I agree with the suggestion to change the thread title. My apologies, I was in a hurry to alert forumites when I saw the first stories, which conveyed that this was a developing situation. However, I think that the topic of successful interdiction of terrorist attacks (particularly against military ...
by Rudradev
15 Nov 2017 06:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Saudi Arabia and its impact on Indian security
Replies: 401
Views: 17470

Re: Saudi Arabia and its impact on Indian security

So apparently Mohammed Bin Salman has his own pet rabid Wahhabi cleric. Just in case you thought anything was going to be different after his putsch. https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/11/10/mohammad-al-arefe-social-media-star-saudi-arabia-215815 The Hottest Social Media Star in the Middle...
by Rudradev
15 Nov 2017 06:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - 29 September 2017
Replies: 2160
Views: 136142

Re: Terroristan - 29 September 2017

^However good the technology might be visually, it can do nothing for the sound of Bilawal's voice: something in between a wounded dog and a braying donkey, just like his turd-bag mother.
by Rudradev
15 Nov 2017 06:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Tracking India's Admission into International Groups & Bodies
Replies: 695
Views: 36281

Re: Tracking India's Admission into International Groups & Bodies

US citizen Siddharth Varadarajan, editor of the Liar, is entirely in favour of Indian PMs swallowing "American Bait" when it is detrimental to India's interests... for example Sharm el Shaikh, Thimphu, talks on Siachen/Sir Creek/"joint sovereignty" of J&K with Pakistan. Only ...
by Rudradev
15 Nov 2017 05:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ONGOING: Terrorist Attack on Hindon Airbase, Ghaziabad, UP
Replies: 13
Views: 1516

Re: ONGOING: Terrorist Attack on Hindon Airbase, Ghaziabad, UP

From yesterday... the airbase had received an alert that it was an LeT target. http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2017/nov/13/uttar-pradeshs-hindon-iaf-base-on-lashkar-radar-intel-alert-1700255.html NEW DELHI: The intelligence agencies have issued an alert warning that a group of six-seven Lashk...
by Rudradev
15 Nov 2017 05:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ONGOING: Terrorist Attack on Hindon Airbase, Ghaziabad, UP
Replies: 13
Views: 1516

Re: ONGOING: Terrorist Attack on Hindon Airbase, Ghaziabad, UP

Maybe just an attempt to breach by a single terrorist... Man shot at high security Hindon airbase, was trying to enter IAF station Sources said it is being ascertained whether the man has links with terrorist outfit http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/man-shot-at-injured-at-hindon-airbase/1/1089752.h...
by Rudradev
15 Nov 2017 05:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ONGOING: Terrorist Attack on Hindon Airbase, Ghaziabad, UP
Replies: 13
Views: 1516

ONGOING: Terrorist Attack on Hindon Airbase, Ghaziabad, UP

http://www.republicworld.com/s/12287/attempt-to-breach-hindon-airbase Firing has been reported in the outer perimeter of the Hindon airbase in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad district late Tuesday evening. As per reports, the security cordon has fired upon an intruder who was trying to jump a wall and ent...
by Rudradev
11 Nov 2017 05:33
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7677
Views: 522629

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

Sandeep A ji, It is easy to refute. As with any argument that claims to use statistics: ask, "where's the control"? Bharti Sahay Sinha shows a graph to claim "lack of correlation", but was there EVER any grounds to argue a correlation between demonetisation and terrorism-related ...
by Rudradev
11 Nov 2017 05:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 863
Views: 94493

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

^I don't understand. Would you not consider, for example, the imposition of economic sanctions as a form of economic warfare? This happens often during "peace" as defined by lack of overt military conflict.
by Rudradev
11 Nov 2017 02:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 863
Views: 94493

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

^RD: I saw that part as catered to the home audience, to his base. This is the leader of the western world justifying its need to close ranks and consolidate to favor race-religion-region-wealth inequality-values-systems of the west and against globalization at the cost of long term economic loss t...
by Rudradev
11 Nov 2017 02:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 863
Views: 94493

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

JEM, good observations, and from your mouth to YHWH's ears! On a side note, I am not as sanguine as some other observers here about the term "Indo-Pacific" being brought into vogue by the US strategic community. Yes, on the face of it, it suggests recognition of India as a strategic player...
by Rudradev
11 Nov 2017 01:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 976
Views: 68292

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

:eek: America could lose a war against North Korea, former US air force commander says in leaked letter US troops 'are vastly outnumbered by North Korean forces', says Jan-Marc Jouas http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/us-troops-north-korea-lose-outnumbered-army-under-supplied-conventional-...
by Rudradev
10 Nov 2017 22:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 863
Views: 94493

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Very important speech by Trump in Danang, on trade. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLrttMJj7mo If he means what he says, and I think he does, we are about to enter into a new era as far as global trade is concerned. Thanks for posting. The meat of it comes around 14 mins 09 sec. If what he says is...
by Rudradev
04 Nov 2017 04:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding New China after 19th Congress
Replies: 118
Views: 6039

Re: Understanding New China after 19th Congress

^^Note the underlined passage above. Xi Jinping, in order to have a "trouble-free" ascension at the 19th CPC Congress, had to do a lot of stage-management BEYOND PRC's BORDERS. 1) Quietly back down from Doklam confrontation, where he knew PLA would get an embarrassing bloody nose if they p...
by Rudradev
04 Nov 2017 03:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding New China after 19th Congress
Replies: 118
Views: 6039

Re: Understanding New China after 19th Congress

http://nationalinterest.org/feature/trump-trip-listen-japan-talk-south-korea-dictate-china-23033 Trump Trip: Listen to Japan, Talk to South Korea and Dictate to China Gordon G. Chang November 3, 2017 ... Donald Trump’s first trip to Asia as president is, in reality, simple. All he has to do on the t...
by Rudradev
03 Nov 2017 02:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4573
Views: 407078

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

Arnab Goswami interviews Arun Jaitley on many aspects of the economy (among other things).

by Rudradev
02 Nov 2017 23:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 863
Views: 94493

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

I think the Saifulla got so frustrated with the traffic in Manhattan (he was in a rented truck, so time was money) that he decided to drive down the sidewalk. The AoA may have been second nature. May not have had any other intent, he then staggered out apparently (injured in the crash?) before he w...
by Rudradev
28 Oct 2017 04:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding New China after 19th Congress
Replies: 118
Views: 6039

Re: Understanding New China after 19th Congress

SSridhar, You must be familiar with the original Opium Wars, waged by Britain and its allies against China: http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/the-opium-wars-the-bloody-conflicts-destroyed-imperial-china-17212 Here is a quick recap: Starting in in the mid-1700s, the British began trading opiu...
by Rudradev
28 Oct 2017 02:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding New China after 19th Congress
Replies: 118
Views: 6039

Re: Understanding New China after 19th Congress

Not strictly related to the 19th Congress, but it seems like PRC is prosecuting a "reverse opium war" against the US. See the DEA's Threat Report for 2017: pages 57-66 are of interest https://www.dea.gov/docs/DIR-040-17_2017-NDTA.pdf Yesterday, Trump declared the "opioid epidemic"...
by Rudradev
28 Oct 2017 00:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications
Replies: 616
Views: 63428

Re: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications

Just read the quoted sentence in Peregrine ji's post out loud (phonetically) and you will see why :mrgreen:
by Rudradev
28 Oct 2017 00:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - 29 September 2017
Replies: 2160
Views: 136142

Re: Terroristan - 29 September 2017

...so what's stopping the US state dept. from just leaving? Here's why (in my very humble opinion). ... 6) IMVHO... OBOR/BRI. The US wants a toll booth right at the point where such a network, if it comes to pass, will exit China headed west to the CAS and southwest to the all-important Gulf. Just ...
by Rudradev
27 Oct 2017 20:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K News and Discussion - 2016
Replies: 1720
Views: 233399

Re: J&K News and Discussion - 2016

Arjun Pandit ji, I think many of us are suffering from post-Maino/Manmohan PTSD. Yes, there used to be a hard binary in J&K policy between use of force (too little, too late) and "uninterruptible" talks/appeasement/sellouts during the bad old days. When the hoori-express switch was (ve...
by Rudradev
26 Oct 2017 02:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 863
Views: 94493

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Periaswamy ji, good observations. I don't think there is yet any "new thinking", but a realization that the "old thinking" no longer works has definitely begun to sink in at significant levels in the SD and DOD (it still persists among the Kissinger acolytes in academia and stink...
by Rudradev
26 Oct 2017 01:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 863
Views: 94493

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

RD, That national Interest article is nonsense. Balance of power is for a third power intervening between two equal powers. The British used it effectively in Western Europe while building a huge colonial empire to fund these game. It doesn't work for hyper power to align with an emerging power exp...
by Rudradev
25 Oct 2017 22:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding New China after 19th Congress
Replies: 118
Views: 6039

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

China is going through Manchu->KMT->Communist->? -> (Neo)Ming. One of the important developments of the Ming dynasty was that Buddhism was "Constantinized" and made an essential, symbiotic organ of the imperium. The Mongol Yuans annexed Tibet and made Tibetan Buddhism the state religion o...
by Rudradev
25 Oct 2017 21:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 863
Views: 94493

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

A view from Amriki think-tankers of the significance of Tillerson's visit. The focus on India's "strategic utility" to the United States tells us a lot about how the Amrikis view the evolving developments. http://nationalinterest.org/feature/it-time-us-india-alliance-22888 Is It Time for a...
by Rudradev
19 Oct 2017 02:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 976
Views: 68292

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

The 70 submarines include 43 patrol combat ships and 26 amphibious landing craft which, once launched, promptly submerge.
by Rudradev
18 Oct 2017 19:58
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Shubh Deepavali!
Replies: 23
Views: 1133

Shubh Deepavali!

Happy Diwali to all BRF-ites!
by Rudradev
18 Oct 2017 08:57
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 782533

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

Sumit Ganguly is Stephen Cohen chela. . I know, and that is what makes it all the more surprising that he wrote this. He used to firmly adhere to Uneven Cohen's paradigm of IndiaPakistan equal equal (which in itself was a way to preclude any honest assessment of India vis a vis PRC in US policymaki...
by Rudradev
18 Oct 2017 03:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Rohingya Menace
Replies: 529
Views: 37948

Re: The Rohingya Menace

What remedies does the Indian constitution provide against self-aggrandizement by the Judiciary, especially blatant usurpation of the power to dictate policy by "legislating from the bench"? Short of declaring emergency, does the Executive have recourse to constitutional mechanisms that al...
by Rudradev
18 Oct 2017 03:34
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 782533

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

Good article in Foreign Policy Magazine http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/10/17/is-india-starting-to-flex-its-military-muscles/ Is India Starting to Flex Its Military Muscles? By Sumit Ganguly, S. Paul Kapur | October 17, 2017, 4:26 PM This summer, India deployed troops to prevent China’s People’s Liber...

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