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by Mort Walker
23 Apr 2019 09:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 2751
Views: 382150

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

^^^The camera retail guy is delusional. First he insists that Pakistan can make camera gear, then turns around and says we can make camera bags in country.
by Mort Walker
23 Apr 2019 09:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 1613
Views: 117683

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Came across this interview of this older man from Begusarai who is a Modi fan. Worth spending 12 minutes listening to him. Unfortunately speaks in Bihari (?Bhojpuri) but the Hindi translation is provided. Incredibly clear in his thinking and analysis. Two things he mentions which I doubt the opposi...
by Mort Walker
23 Apr 2019 05:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 1613
Views: 117683

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/elections/lok-sabha/india/youth-does-surgical-strike-on-digvijaya-at-poll-rally/articleshow/68995013.cms Youth does surgical strike on Diggi "Surgical strike kar diya Modiji ne. Atankvadiyo ko mara (Modi conducted surgical strike, killed terrorists),&q...
by Mort Walker
20 Apr 2019 23:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 1613
Views: 117683

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

The difference between wanting to serve vs. job security is always there. That said, world views within India have changed, IMO somewhat better with more recent generations. Anyway all of this is off topic and I won’t say anymore to derail this thread. I have relatives appearing for UPSC exams and I...
by Mort Walker
20 Apr 2019 23:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 1613
Views: 117683

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

We here in BRF knew about it at least 20 yrs back. The Nehruvian influence was known, but IIRC retiremment age is 60 for IAS. The people who are well established in the IAS should be their mid to late 40s. This would be people who were born in the late 1970s and their world views should have formed...
by Mort Walker
20 Apr 2019 22:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 1613
Views: 117683

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Those are some very serious allegations. Has it always been like this for UPSC? I always thought that UPSC represented the best and brightest of the country. IISC , ISRO , RRCAT , BARC, TIFR they don't select via UPSC. You know which departments come under the ambit of UPSC , the brightest generall...
by Mort Walker
20 Apr 2019 20:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 1613
Views: 117683

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

the curriculum pattern and the UPSC interview process (which in UPA time was led my marxist/maoist pro-naxal academics) focus heavily on selecting people from the nehruvian 'idea of India' crowd who think they are 'world citizens', look down upon patriotism and are heavily left leaning. A few norma...
by Mort Walker
19 Apr 2019 19:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2634
Views: 259769

Re: Understanding the US - Again

The Herr Mueller report is a big nothing.
Every POTUS has done the same and unkil has interfered with elections in every major country.

The donkey urban naxal judiciary committee members sound a lot like Kapil Sibal of the INC.
by Mort Walker
17 Apr 2019 09:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 2851
Views: 532906

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

Karan, have Phalcon radars gone any sort of upgrade since its induction in to IAF? Further, does Israel itself offer any newer versions of the radar? Was not able to find any info on open sources about upgrades. I remember reading that Saab's GlobalEye is based on GaN AESA modules and hence is able...
by Mort Walker
17 Apr 2019 08:59
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Climate Change: Propaganda Vs Reality
Replies: 750
Views: 57243

Re: Climate Change: Propaganda Vs Reality

NRao wrote:40 min podcast:

How Climate Change Threatens Humanity


NPR is deceit with dignity. Champaign liberals, who are not really liberals, clinking their glasses.
by Mort Walker
14 Apr 2019 05:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 1613
Views: 117683

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Raman Singh of CG, Shivraj Singh Chauhan of MP, and Adityanath of UP were to be groomed as the next leadership of the BJP. I don’t know if CG demographics really changed. There has been real progress there, but complacency set in. It is difficult to imagine in this day and age any party being re-ele...
by Mort Walker
14 Apr 2019 04:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 1613
Views: 117683

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Chattisgarh Phase 1 turnout only 56% (was 69% in 2014 GE). CG is the only state in 5 years that delivered a clear, direct, anti-BJP mandate in assembly elections. All other setbacks can be explained in different ways. KN, RJ, MP... vagaries of a first-past-the-post system. PB was an anti-SAD electi...
by Mort Walker
13 Apr 2019 23:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 2851
Views: 532906

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

So keep waiting for the 360 degree AWACS. This is quite pathetic planning. The 360 degrees will come when it comes, they should have gone for additional Netras. Mindblowing poor decision making. It isn't so much 360 vs. 240, but a larger airframe allows for a larger antenna, more power, scanning ac...
by Mort Walker
13 Apr 2019 23:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 1613
Views: 117683

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

BJP is contesting in 438 seats, so it needs 63% success rate to get 272 on its own. Hope AS got his candidate selection right. https://casi.sas.upenn.edu/iit/nsircar The BJP’s seats are extremely regionally concentrated. Six states alone – Bihar, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and...
by Mort Walker
13 Apr 2019 23:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 1613
Views: 117683

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Lok Sabha elections: BJP’s 2019 challenge is threefold An HT analysis shows that the BJP’s 2019 tally will depend a lot on what happens in 353 Lok Sabha seats across 13 states, 74% of which went to the NDA in 2014. The BJP’s political challenge on these seats can be classified into three broad cate...
by Mort Walker
13 Apr 2019 22:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 1613
Views: 117683

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Perhaps I'm misunderstanding something here. The data is limited at this point in time given the applicable constituencies. It may be true for Phase 1, but the rest of UP, Bihar, WB, and MH have not yet voted and they will most likely make or break this election. In state elections in MP, CG and RJ...
by Mort Walker
13 Apr 2019 22:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 1613
Views: 117683

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Which elections specifically was he wrong in, and in what manner ? Chattisgarh, Rajasthan and MP elections. His Karnataka projections were also not clear. Only in Chattisgarh he had got the projections wrong by a big margin. His data was correct, but lower turnout was the key in these states. In MP...
by Mort Walker
13 Apr 2019 21:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 1613
Views: 117683

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

I haven’t made the conclusion you imply - I said the polling rate in phase 1 corresponded to what was the case in 2014 . It’s the part you quoted in bold - please reread it - I made a factual assertion . There’s lots of polling turnout data in the ECI link I offered . I’m being entirely data driven...
by Mort Walker
13 Apr 2019 20:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 1613
Views: 117683

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Not a good idea. WIth two powerful EJs i.e. Jagan and PK running the show AP is going to become the other AP (Arunachal Pradesh). EJs rarely change colour even if they pretend to do so. There is no choice but Naidu at present but he should be made to make concessions beforehand just like what happe...
by Mort Walker
13 Apr 2019 20:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 1613
Views: 117683

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

A cursory look over statewise voter turnout data in the GEs in the 2000s and that in 2014 indicates that a large part of the bump comes from significantly higher poll turnouts in UP, RJ, MH, BH and the NE states. These states are again reporting high polling rates in phase 1 this time. Another piec...
by Mort Walker
13 Apr 2019 05:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 1613
Views: 117683

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Ankit Desai wrote:UP recorded 10% odd drop in voter turn out from 2014.

-Ankit


That's only part of western UP. In any case, it may be bad news for the BJP in those districts.
by Mort Walker
13 Apr 2019 05:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 1613
Views: 117683

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Some one commented on Raj, MP, and CG losses on 11 Dec. And every one was thinking Pappu is on the march. Well in one month that march was stopped and reversed thanks to efforts of some members who were constantly denigrated over the years. Ramana-garu, There was no pappu factor in these states. RJ...
by Mort Walker
12 Apr 2019 18:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 1613
Views: 117683

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Yes the INC’s goal is to split the Hindu vote in UP. I don’t expect the BJP to get more than 36 seats out of UP. There are also a lot of bureaucrats and their families in Delhi who are also upset that Modi has taken away their gravy train. Rajasthan will be mixed so net loss there. If the vote perce...
by Mort Walker
08 Apr 2019 04:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2634
Views: 259769

Re: Understanding the US - Again

A_Gupta, The New Yorker carries little to no credibility. They are are opposed to Trump plain and simple. Just like The Print in India have this anti-BJP and anti-Modi narrative. The Democrats carping about the Mueller report are much like Pappu and gang complaining about Rafale deal. There's nothin...
by Mort Walker
07 Apr 2019 09:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 1613
Views: 117683

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Just watched some YouTube videos by Prannoy Roy and Coupta. Both spin a narrative that there is no national party, but rather statewise leaders. Roy goes so far to claim that there is voter suppression in India and subtly hints that this has been learned from the US. He further makes the claim that ...
by Mort Walker
07 Apr 2019 03:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 2751
Views: 382150

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

My fav scenario, a cross grid formation along the entire border every 100-200 meters of BSF MMG Pickets/Post. The MMG will have interchangable barrels and will be supported by truck loads of belt fed ammo. Last but not the least the BSF will also have standing instructions to fire on the Indian sid...
by Mort Walker
05 Apr 2019 10:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 2981
Views: 384399

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

Its definitely US SD with support from Lock Mart. If Boeing has any brains, they should activate their sources to get the truth out unless they are ok with losing 20 Billion dollars. Boeing isn't going to do it either. Better to give the large MIC the middle finger by developing aircraft like the L...
by Mort Walker
03 Apr 2019 14:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion
Replies: 4416
Views: 538883

Re: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion

https://www.indiatvnews.com/amp/news/india-india-pakistan-airstrike-surgical-strike-war-512129?__twitter_impression=true Exclusive: India ready for another strike against PakistaN Something is cooking up. Uncorroborated Twitter chatter so far is making sense now!! Many of us have full faith in this...
by Mort Walker
03 Apr 2019 06:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: Media (Images/Videos/Presentations)
Replies: 24
Views: 3670

Re: Indian Space Program: Media (Images/Videos/Presentations)

Kakarat,

Great pics and many thanks!

You might want to use some post-processing filters to see the launch vehicle better. Seems to be lots of water vapor, perhaps an ND and or polarizing filters on your lenses may help.
by Mort Walker
03 Apr 2019 05:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 1613
Views: 117683

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

60% confidence: BJP gets 220-250 seats, NDA gets 265-290 seats. Modi comes back as PM but with greater dependence on non-BJP allies than in his first term. 25% confidence: BJP gets under 220 seats and has to look for partners beyond NDA to form a (shaky) coalition government. Chance of D4 coup atte...
by Mort Walker
02 Apr 2019 09:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 2600
Views: 516510

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

Singha wrote:Cheaper low flying drones were shot in ganganagar by army aa guns

Anything needing a iaf intervention is a costly high flier like ch4


The imported drones are probably pretty easy to jam their comms. The low flying ones can probably be targeted with a DRDO developed maser DEW.
by Mort Walker
01 Apr 2019 14:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2634
Views: 259769

Re: Understanding the US - Again

a country that gave the world thomas jefferson, lincoln (still upheld as a gold std among POTUSes) and the two roosevelts, now reduced to scraping bottom drawer inventory with a sole dharmic TG in the fray. even DT is shining knight compared to some of the sith lords that are entering the fray. wha...
by Mort Walker
01 Apr 2019 14:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 3735
Views: 724326

Re: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016

manjgu wrote:congratulations..so some garu explain the role of EMISAT..what capabilities it brings on the table.


It monitors the electromagnetic spectrum as part of ELINT. That is, it's listening in on enemies communication be it voice or data.
by Mort Walker
31 Mar 2019 06:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 3735
Views: 724326

Re: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016

they could make a tidy sum renting out returnable binoculars also, and some premium perches for DSLR types willing to pay the premium for it. very nice plan. a space museum like cape canaveral could be in place with horizontal and vertical displays of the real stuff, astronaut training , capsules e...
by Mort Walker
28 Mar 2019 01:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian ASAT Test
Replies: 855
Views: 95509

Re: Indian ASAT test

haven't they forgotten motilal?? https://images.assettype.com/swarajya/2019-03/0a588ae7-9cbc-444a-81e6-cc79bccf56d8/tweet.png?w=1280&q=100&fmt=pjpeg&auto=format Idiots this #Mission Shakti is by DRDO. They got their tweets out of order. That one was supposed to be for next week after th...
by Mort Walker
27 Mar 2019 23:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2634
Views: 259769

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Will comply. Hate to be banned twice in 22 years.
by Mort Walker
27 Mar 2019 23:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian ASAT Test
Replies: 855
Views: 95509

Re: Indian ASAT test

This government is keeping India’s adversaries guessing. This by itself has been a big strategic accomplishment. Should the NDA get another term, what happens in the next several months will be most interesting.
by Mort Walker
27 Mar 2019 20:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2634
Views: 259769

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Ravi Calm down. Mort no personal attacks. Also guys why so hyper about US Presidential politics but zero interest in upcoming India General Elections? Is this Pavlov response? There is real interest there, but we are cautious because passions run high when the differences are so stark between desh ...

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