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by Anand K
19 Jan 2015 16:46
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII
Replies: 856
Views: 55769

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

^^

That's the stated Massive Retaliation stance anyway. But then maybe we blinked first....
Anyway, can't wait for the next installment - and the E-book release.
by Anand K
18 Jan 2015 23:07
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII
Replies: 856
Views: 55769

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

If we had good Boost-Phase and Ascent Phase interception capabilities we could respond to such threats.... to a degree :). Nobody can saturate the area enough to stop every Shaheendong rising from a camo'ed site in the Salt Ranges or something. Even if we somehow do that there's Hong-Baburniaos with...
by Anand K
18 Jan 2015 11:43
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII
Replies: 856
Views: 55769

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

So what's our next move? TSP military targets? Like the 6th Armored in an already (self) nuked Lahore and at close proximity to Indian forces or something like Kahuta/Chasma? Major staging areas and juicy massed targets wouldn't be available at this stage of the war, no? Unless we're going to satisf...
by Anand K
04 Jan 2015 22:25
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian IT Industry
Replies: 3944
Views: 325026

Re: Indian IT Industry

The inflexion point for Indian IT industry is here Interesting comments too... like this one: This Time & Materials business carried the seed of its own destruction. But it has taken a while to happen. An ex-boss of mine pointed out 5-6 yrs back that for testing projects done by GE partner comp...
by Anand K
29 Dec 2014 09:44
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy - News & Discussion Oct 12 2013
Replies: 3980
Views: 145304

Re: Indian Economy - News & Discussion Oct 12 2013

Anyone got a detailed comparison of BRICS by the GDP components? Couldn't find one myself. :oops:
by Anand K
28 Dec 2014 19:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India and ASEAN / East Asia
Replies: 680
Views: 70388

Re: India and ASEAN / East Asia

Damn, that was my regular stomping ground for years - but never flew Air Asia. Long time back smaller ships and boats used to disappear all the time - but that was due to Malay/Indonesian piracy, which at one time more rampant than Somali piracy. Been twelve hours since the plane went missing. That ...
by Anand K
27 Dec 2014 14:26
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Oil & Natural Gas: News & Discussion
Replies: 1503
Views: 223476

Re: Oil & Natural Gas: News & Discussion

IMHO the proverbial pachyderm in the room is the sheer size of the crude oil futures/options/OTC market compared to the underlying crude oil physical market. They're trading nearly 1.2bn bl/d totally and the production is just around 90m bl/d and, as a result, they exert outsize influence in determi...
by Anand K
25 Dec 2014 14:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan - 12 Dec 2014
Replies: 2853
Views: 104935

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan - 12 Dec

Everyone who did a B.A. in History/Politics, from WBC Community School to Harvard University, wants to play Durand, Sykes & Pigot in Asia. :mrgreen: Kaplan ji is just one of the more well known ones, and he's all about multi-polar world, centrifugal forces within countries theselves, and "a...
by Anand K
25 Dec 2014 12:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan - 12 Dec 2014
Replies: 2853
Views: 104935

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan - 12 Dec

>> Color code As Kaplan says, There was, too, the Kushan Empire, whose Indo-European rulers governed at times from what used to be Soviet Central Asia all the way to Bihar in northeastern India. And so it goes: For so much of history, there was simply no border between Afghanistan, Pakistan and the ...
by Anand K
22 Oct 2014 10:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Nations and Empires that Grew on Genocide and Slavery
Replies: 204
Views: 10712

Re: Nations and Empires that Grew on Genocide and Slavery

If the memorial plaque in Jallianwala Bagh could cause such consternation to Prince Philip, imagine what a Bengal Holocaust Exhibition or a Museum of Colonial Catastrophes would do to the Empire's new champions? :idea: The thing is in other holocaust museums you could pin the blame on a regime that ...
by Anand K
22 Oct 2014 08:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Nations and Empires that Grew on Genocide and Slavery
Replies: 204
Views: 10712

Re: Nations and Empires that Grew on Genocide and Slavery

>> SBajwa There's a Metcalfe house in Delhi civil lanes also. The resident had two houses, the one in mehrauli, the pic is of those ruins, and the one in civil lanes which is now occupied by the DRDO. Doesn't look like its the HQ but apparently houses a number of DRDO offices/departments like DESIDOC.
by Anand K
19 Oct 2014 00:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India Border Watch: Security and Operations
Replies: 3393
Views: 549694

Re: India Border Watch: Security and Operations

Saturation fire of mortars (set to regular/delayed detonation?) can destroy RCC structures, right? I mean, given mortar CEP and all that. Might account for the 2,000/day number. What's the structure of a BSF mortar platoon and what kind of support/resupply elements do they have? The logistics of all...
by Anand K
18 Oct 2014 11:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Nations and Empires that Grew on Genocide and Slavery
Replies: 204
Views: 10712

Re: Nations and Empires that Grew on Genocide and Slavery

Piece of irony: DRDO's HQ(?) Metcalfe House is named after the curmudgeonly resident of Delhi before the 1857 rebellion. He was apparently poisoned on Zinat Mahal's orders and died a quite lingering death. Anyway that last name is a bit of a burden if you consider that his young son, Thomas "Th...
by Anand K
18 Oct 2014 10:26
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14
Replies: 3963
Views: 176086

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14

A range of 1600 km makes all major bases, staging areas and bridges/rail nodes within the Urumqui-Lanzhou-Chongquing arc vulnerable. That is, if we have a good stock of Nirbhays for prompt and timely Indian Takeout. Seaborne Nirbhays pounding Qingdao would make a significant dent if we have like, a ...
by Anand K
15 Oct 2014 21:16
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions (YEMEN, gulf)
Replies: 4734
Views: 247142

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Wahhabism vs. Wahhabism: Qatar Challenges Saudi Arabia

Dunno if this was posted here before.... makes interesting reading considering the ISIS.
by Anand K
29 Sep 2014 16:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Islamism & Islamophobia Abroad - News & Analysis (9-8-2014)
Replies: 3670
Views: 329736

Re: Islamism & Islamophobia Abroad - News & Analysis (9-8-20

Something like the Amman Message where some standards were laid down, but on a 1000X scale perhaps? PS: Not many Muslims know about the 2 + 16 year project that led to the present day Quran. Or that at least 4 other versions [albeit with only minor differences apparently] were destroyed in Caliph U...
by Anand K
19 Sep 2014 21:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions (YEMEN, gulf)
Replies: 4734
Views: 247142

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Abu Ubeidah was the original choice for the third Caliph, i. e. Heir apparent to Omar .... He was apparently acceptable even to Ali who was expecting the post since Abu Bakr 's short reign. But then the Rashidun armies in Syria and Palestine were stricken by the plague. Abu Ubeidah fell to this plag...
by Anand K
19 Sep 2014 09:51
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions (YEMEN, gulf)
Replies: 4734
Views: 247142

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

New Islamic State Video Features British Hostage as Group Spokesman

Who's doing media strategy for these guys? I'm sure some top school Marketing Dept or a "Boutique Consultant" would consider giving him a plush post, a-la Op Paperclip Redux.
by Anand K
22 Aug 2014 09:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan - 19 Jul 2014
Replies: 2846
Views: 94227

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan - 19 Jul

Haseena Atimbum's Manasaputri.

Katana instead of giant syringe and whaletail-moose knuckle cabarets this time. Truly EnMo. Prolly belongs to BENIS, but posting just in case we are missing on Track 420... :mrgreen:
by Anand K
27 Jul 2014 12:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion
Replies: 2532
Views: 258570

Re: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion

An old news item about GPR use to detect tunnels in Gaza Prolly Hamas learned from that campaign and dug itself deep - literally. Here's a new article on the Hamas tunnels . I guess only bunker busters can work and those are a no-no given population density and quality of buildings and structures t...
by Anand K
27 Jul 2014 08:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Western Universalism - what's the big deal?
Replies: 2939
Views: 104513

Re: Western Universalism - what's the big deal?

AFAIK the concept of will and "free will" is not a big deal in Indian philosophy as it is in the West. That is, in the way it is defined and dwelled upon over there. Add to it epistemology based purely on Grace and right there you have fundamental divergences between West and East. I mean ...
by Anand K
07 Jul 2014 17:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Western Universalism - what's the big deal?
Replies: 2939
Views: 104513

Re: Western Universalism - what's the big deal?

World-systems Approach IMO the above kind of defines the broader contours of the exceptionalism/dominance dimension of historiography - I had skimmed through Wallerstein's "European Exceptionalism" and couple of other works some time back - a pal told me he actually makes more sense than ...
by Anand K
07 Jul 2014 12:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 9599
Views: 511064

Re: Internal Security Watch

http://www.rediff.com/news/report/isiss-rise-gives-a-boost-to-wahhabism-in-india/20140707.htm An IB official says there was a dedicated set of persons in Saudi Arabia who travel across the world to ensure that the Wahhabi culture is imposed. In many cases, especially in Kerala, there have been tuss...
by Anand K
26 Jun 2014 15:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 12577
Views: 530361

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

imo some indians have managed to get into arab power structures and act as intermediaries to get that investment into india and make profits. even the founder of sobha builders pnc menon made his initial capital in the gulf I think. he has lot of NRI clients from gulf also. Yusuf Ali (LuLu), Mohamm...
by Anand K
26 Jun 2014 14:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Bakistan: Emirate of New-clear Inquilabi States-Bojitiv Newj
Replies: 2872
Views: 108321

Re: Bakistan: Emirate of New-clear Inquilabi States-Bojitiv

joygoswami wrote:Image


Bhy phor is thees bh@ncho' doing Kancho, hain? That is a RAA hath, if there was ever any!
by Anand K
26 Jun 2014 07:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 12577
Views: 530361

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Some A great majority of gulf employers, even MNCs , also confiscate SDREs' passports . Qatar has the infamous Khalifa system. the ex ongc and reliance engg types are mostly treated well by the oil cos..its the blue collar workers who get treated badly. There, it's better now - the blue font stuff ...
by Anand K
25 Jun 2014 12:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: J&K News and Discussion-2011
Replies: 3990
Views: 238141

Re: J&K News and Discussion-2011

VDCs were created through a Governor’s rule era executive order in 1995. OTOH the 1861 Police Act was used the same year by then DIG Kuldeep Khoda to recommend recruitment of large number of SPOs. Also, IIRC the J&K Civilian Militia was raised in '47, with Sheikh Abdullah's help, and operated as...
by Anand K
23 Jun 2014 10:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 12577
Views: 530361

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

The map doesn't also include Muslim Caucasus - strange considering the Chechen and other "hill-people" element. And if the reconquista roll back is sought, apart from Spain, what about Italy, Ottoman Europe, Greece and the Ghazwat dreams of former Tatar Khanate territories (the latter orig...
by Anand K
20 Jun 2014 12:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 12577
Views: 530361

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

The mass shooting and beheading-happy sh1theels of the ISIS are surely be Chechen/Dagestani/ityadi Caucasus components. They used to do this a lot in the Chechen Wars and before that in the two 1991-1993 Caucasus conflicts (where they were first trained in the Defense Against Kufir Arts by..... drum...
by Anand K
19 Jun 2014 12:05
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan - 21 Apr 2014
Replies: 2854
Views: 84387

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan - 21 Apr

Hey, is it just me or does the lower half of the snake in that logo have an Indian Tricolor scheme? :mrgreen:
by Anand K
16 Jun 2014 14:58
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth
Replies: 8372
Views: 289811

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

Quick reply to Point 2 for now Interesting post.You have noted certain criticisms of "Sayana enterprise".Where does such criticism of this enterprise come from? Can you indicate them. The first criticisms against Sayana's exegeses were primarily from racist Indologists and Pure-Aryan-Zero...
by Anand K
12 Jun 2014 13:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan - 21 Apr 2014
Replies: 2854
Views: 84387

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan - 21 Apr

Damn.... how did I miss this veritable Starfleet Tricoder?! NQR and NMR tech and bottom-fed programmed hyperawesome chips. It also incorporates the Force apparently so no need for Trekkies and Star Wars Fans to fight anymore:- According to Husam Muhammad, an Iraqi police officer and user of the ADE ...
by Anand K
11 Jun 2014 15:14
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth
Replies: 8372
Views: 289811

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

1)Are not all veda commentaries called veda bhashyas-as the Sayana bhashya,bhashyas of Venkata Madhava,Bhatta Bhaskara,Skanda Madhava etc. 2)I dont see any parallel between the Council of Nicea which defined christian religion and the work of Sayana which was about scholarship and collation and lit...
by Anand K
11 Jun 2014 13:59
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: PRC Economy - New Reflections : Dec 15 2011
Replies: 3942
Views: 138661

Re: PRC Economy - New Reflections : Dec 15 2011

I remember an article by C Rangarajan himself about the growth crisis, not strictly the 2008 meltdown itself, in G7 and EU Markets spilling over into BRICs through trade and investment channels. This leads to mostly demand slack crisis (for China, since 2011), and in some cases a supply shock crisis...
by Anand K
11 Jun 2014 10:02
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth
Replies: 8372
Views: 289811

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

There was authoritative condemnation of writing to be used in study of Shruti - by Panini and even in Mahabharat where writing it down condemns you to hell apparently(?). Al Beruni or Firishta also mentions that "these guys have a problem with writing down the original holy book". Even lon...
by Anand K
10 Jun 2014 15:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Human Trafficking Crisis in India
Replies: 131
Views: 3738

Re: Human Trafficking Crisis in India

Mischa Glenny's McMafia gives a chilling account of the Israel hub of human trafficking - though on the flesh trade. The illegal organ trade is strong in Israel - even harvested organs from dead Hezbollah types. Anyway, till the 1985 ban, India was a source of skeletons and "human materials&quo...
by Anand K
05 Jun 2014 07:46
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Personal Health, Nutrition and Fitness Thread
Replies: 6544
Views: 32723

Re: Personal Health, Nutrition and Fitness Thread

>> Vaishali Kasture She also finished Comrades 2014 in 10h23m becoming the 1st Indian wimmens to get a Comrades Bronze medal :mrgreen: Now I'll have to eat a sugar and carbs rich lunch to get over the depression. Didn't know she did Ultramarathons too.... and given that the record for this TFTA UM ...
by Anand K
05 Jun 2014 07:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Personal Health, Nutrition and Fitness Thread
Replies: 6544
Views: 32723

Re: Personal Health, Nutrition and Fitness Thread

I remember the in-movie ad from Mel "Burn the Jews" Gibson's chick flick "What Women Want". You don’t stand in front of a mirror before a run…and wonder what the road will think of your outfit. You don’t have to listen to its jokes and pretend they’re funny. It would not be easie...

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