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by Deans
20 Sep 2018 14:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1957
Views: 248553

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Wonder if china will be fueled into considering war as an extension of economic policy. ..try to embroil the us in expensive proxy wars that cost much in terms of money and image, while it plays the rOle of enlightened economy that offers peace prosperity etc... Unfortunately, Trump has got the US ...
by Deans
07 Sep 2018 22:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications
Replies: 945
Views: 119048

Re: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications

^How does one occupy a port or slice of land if the local govt refuses to prt with it unless one plans to invade the country. If tomorrow Pakis or Africans refuse to pay back to Chinese, Other than sending army, what other options Chinese have to recover the money ? Usually there is a corrupt polit...
by Deans
02 Sep 2018 21:48
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 4721
Views: 347576

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

Flights from Kolkata to Pakyong airport (Gangtok) are starting from 10th Oct - with Spicejet's daily flight.
So far Sikkim was the only state in India with no airport. This will be a huge boost to tourism and help supply the army.
by Deans
02 Sep 2018 13:05
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry
Replies: 4748
Views: 345807

Re: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry

I believe there are 3 reasons why Govt's might have a role to play in sports. 1. As part of a child's education and development. Here role of govt is to ensure schools have access to a play ground, a sports period, a sports teacher and receive a basic awareness of sports and physical fitness. (yoga/...
by Deans
02 Sep 2018 12:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 1965 India Pakistan War: History
Replies: 524
Views: 42100

Re: 1965 India Pakistan War: History

Quite often, success in battle is a matter of which side makes fewer mistakes - rather than successful execution of a grand operational plan. The tank battles of 1965 are a case in point (Chawinda and Khem Karan). I believe there is more to be learnt from mistakes than from success. Our mistakes: - ...
by Deans
02 Sep 2018 12:17
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry
Replies: 4748
Views: 345807

Re: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry

Suraj wrote:Tokyo 2020 medal prospects:


We also have a chance in Badminton and women's boxing. We need a good draw and one win against a top 10 player (which Saina, Sindhu and some women boxers have done) to get a bronze. Same applies for men's boxing in a couple of other weight categories.
Also Hockey.
by Deans
02 Sep 2018 10:19
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry
Replies: 4748
Views: 345807

Re: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry

Glad that we reached 15., potential was 18-20 & minus the african imports 20-22 gold. That would have put us in fifth/sixth position. If we consider only Olympic sports and exclude imports, (giving us 6 more gold) we would be 4th. China is at the same level as they were in 2002 (when there were...
by Deans
02 Sep 2018 09:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization
Replies: 97
Views: 6604

Re: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization

I always wonder why powerful,elected leaders with democratic sanction,police and intelligence inputs dont stand up to the church . My initial guess was that the Church is too strongly embedded into the power structure. So I read up some history. The colossal & dark shift came when Roman rulers ...
by Deans
01 Sep 2018 12:23
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry
Replies: 4748
Views: 345807

Re: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry

Just look at India's medal tally 13-23-29 We were denied Gold in most sports!! that's what the coaches are thinking now! how to convert those silvers and bronze's to Gold! 14 gold in 2010 is a better benchmark. Those 14 golds included 2 each in Kabaddi and Billiards. Net of that its 10 gold. Since ...
by Deans
30 Aug 2018 21:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization
Replies: 97
Views: 6604

Re: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization

On German radio 2 days back. Ukraine is considering breaking ties with Russian Orthodox church and going it alone. They want direct association with the Orthodox church in Constatinople. And the Russians are heading there to prevent this from happening. Only goes to show the power these folks yield...
by Deans
30 Aug 2018 20:48
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry
Replies: 4748
Views: 345807

Re: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry

Supratik wrote:We have lost 3 golds in sports where we should have won. 2 in Kabaddi and 1 in hockey. Overconfidence is the likely reason.


We lost to better opponents in Kabaddi though we certainly seemed complacent.
Archery (Men's compound) IMO was lost due to a huge cock up in scoring in the last round.
by Deans
30 Aug 2018 10:51
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry
Replies: 4748
Views: 345807

Re: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry

One interesting tidbit. If you look at medals starting from 1990 when the economy started getting liberalized you will see a co-relation with GDP i.e. our medals started expanding with GDP growth. Yes, same with China. The reverse is true of Pak. Their medals started dropping sharply when they regr...
by Deans
30 Aug 2018 00:00
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry
Replies: 4748
Views: 345807

Re: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry

Few athletic events, Hockey, Boxing, Bridge, Golf, etc. Squash - we won the team gold last time and we can shoot for it again in both men’s and women’s team. Sourav Ghosal wasted his top seeding in the individual event to only win bronze so he can make up in the team event . Athletics has been impr...
by Deans
28 Aug 2018 21:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization
Replies: 97
Views: 6604

Re: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization

>>The Orthodox church was more tightly controlled by the state and was less of a `business' than the Catholic church. The Orthodox church is much less "in your face" than the Catholic version. I have lived in the Orthodox milieu (outside India) for decades and never faced proselytization....
by Deans
28 Aug 2018 21:34
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry
Replies: 4748
Views: 345807

Re: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry

Was a pleasant surprise today seeing India competing in men's synchronized swimming! Using existing swimming pool infrastructure, there is no reason why we cannot seriously compete in Diving (easier to train a medal winner than in swimming - apart from China/Japan, standards are not high), Water po...
by Deans
28 Aug 2018 14:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization
Replies: 97
Views: 6604

Re: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization

>>A common refrain I hear from friends who are Catholics is that, the rot started when the Catholic church moved from a religious body to a "business entity". Here are some ironies for non-Christians to ponder: 1. It is widely acknowledged that it was the Romans who crucified Jesus. Yet t...
by Deans
28 Aug 2018 10:40
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry
Replies: 4748
Views: 345807

Re: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry

Our average no of medals in the last 3 Asian Games is 57. The average no of Gold + Silver in the last 4 AG is 26. (Bronze medals vary widely depending on the no of events and weather both losing semi finalists get bronze). We should just about meet both numbers, which implies no significant improvem...
by Deans
28 Aug 2018 09:54
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry
Replies: 4748
Views: 345807

Re: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry

Most likely they have been given citizenship. The IOA rules for representing a country are that you have to be a citizen (implied that you have ethnic/ family ties though that is disregarded) and not represented your previous country for 3 years. The 2nd condition is also often waived if it can be ...
by Deans
26 Aug 2018 22:12
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry
Replies: 4748
Views: 345807

Re: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry

Duttee Chand has won silver in 100 m many years after PT Usha. If we disregard the imported Jamacian/ Ethiopian/Kenyan runners Bahrain and Qatar are fielding, (they also bought up the Bulgarian weightlifting team), the silvers we got in Athletics today would have been gold. There's actually been a ...
by Deans
26 Aug 2018 11:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization
Replies: 97
Views: 6604

Re: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization

I'm Catholic (since I was born one) but not religious. Having made the effort to research the history of Christianity (which few Christians have) and from what I see of it in India, I believe it has lost what relevance it had, with educated people. Like elsewhere in the world, its the poorest and le...
by Deans
25 Aug 2018 21:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications
Replies: 945
Views: 119048

Re: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications

OBOR is a prestigious project for eleven. Expect the sleeper cells in Malaysia to be activated. Still I admire mahatir Mohammed's show of spine, though I didn't like him shaking hands with Indian terrorist Zakir. Eleven may ask Modi's help in ousting mahatir Mohammed. If Modi is wise, he should pre...
by Deans
25 Aug 2018 11:16
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry
Replies: 4748
Views: 345807

Re: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry

I expect we will end this AG with approx. the same no of medals as AG 2006 (Doha) - if one excludes new disciplines. That's about 50 medals - of which 20 will be Gold+Silver, after excluding new sports like Bridge/Bowling/Sepak-takraw. Roughly the same trend in CWG. So, while Indian sports has signi...
by Deans
24 Aug 2018 22:36
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2403
Views: 374916

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Slightly OT, but an important and overlooked statistic, in my opinion is that since 2015, we have been the fastest growing economy in the world (among the G20 economies). I believe this will continue because of transformative changes in the economy - the effects of which we will start to see after 2...
by Deans
24 Aug 2018 22:09
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry
Replies: 4748
Views: 345807

Re: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry

Deepika Kumari should retire. Deepika has been a huge disappointment since CWG 2010. In general, I support sportspeople from disadvantaged backgrounds who don't play cricket, but I think Deepika has been hugely over-hyped for some time now. The archery federation is also to blame - they've lived on...
by Deans
21 Aug 2018 23:27
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry
Replies: 4748
Views: 345807

Re: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry

While our sports standards are improving, the one thing that saddens me is the declining contribution of the armed forces to our sports. While the army contributed a lot in recent times in boxing & rowing , with all 3 services having medal winners in weightlifting & shooting, there is a decl...
by Deans
21 Aug 2018 23:00
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry
Replies: 4748
Views: 345807

Re: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry

WTF! Kabaddi lost to Koreans! I guess the sports minister is still filling in the team with his/her relatives! In a way its good to have an occasional defeat. Kabaddi could be removed from the AG if only one country has a realistic chance at gold. A good performance from teams like Korea and Iran i...
by Deans
24 Jul 2018 19:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2405
Views: 302163

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

The book `China's great wall of debt' by Dinny McMahon, is available as a free download. http://oceanofpdf.com/pdf-epub-chinas-great-wall-of-debt-shadow-banks-ghost-cities-massive-loans-and-the-end-of-the-chinese-miracle-download/ Its an interesting view of China's unsustainable economic model.
by Deans
10 Jul 2018 21:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Two and Half Front War Scenario
Replies: 209
Views: 20417

Re: Two and Half Front War Scenario

There are several obvious flaws in the ORF report, but I'm not sure the authors have the ability to go beyond colorful graphs. A simple comparison of combat strength on paper is not too relevant. In the case of China for e.g. what is relevant is the force they can deploy in Tibet and their time fram...
by Deans
23 Jun 2018 22:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2405
Views: 302163

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

In the last few days the Chinese stock market has lost over $ 500 Billion, due to fears of a trade war with the US. This is happening despite higher than expected GDP and export growth in 2018. Even though Chinese markets can be `talked up' by the State, their current state is a better reflection of...
by Deans
05 Jun 2018 19:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Two and Half Front War Scenario
Replies: 209
Views: 20417

Re: Two and Half Front War Scenario

Ravi Rikhye has just written a book (just released on kindle 392 pages) titled `Analysis of India''s ability to fight a 2 front war - 2018'. I've just started reading and it promises to be interesting. Rikhye seems a bit alarmist (a 2 front war will be an unmitigated disaster, unless we significantl...
by Deans
02 Jun 2018 10:11
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2403
Views: 374916

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Ministry of Finance New Benami Transactions Informants Reward Scheme, 2018 launched by the Income Tax Department To get people’s participation in the Income Tax Department’s efforts to unearth black money and to reduce tax evasion http://pib.nic.in/PressReleaseIframePage.aspx?PRID=1534071 ---------...
by Deans
13 May 2018 14:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2405
Views: 302163

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

Wow! We outnumber them 10:1? What have we become now ? Pakistani? What is your source for this. IA had to literally go to roof tops to get UPA’s attention when China had built capacity to mibilize 30 divisions against it at eastern boarder. Which is backed with the highways and rail network. We do ...
by Deans
06 May 2018 09:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2772
Views: 398528

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

I don't think pensions are included in defense spend (they are in other countries). Including pensions, we'd be 2% though that is still grossly insufficient since we have a lot of catching up do to. China's 1.9% is as misleading as the rest of its economic stats. One point we do need to work on is t...
by Deans
22 Apr 2018 10:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1957
Views: 248553

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Dean i agree with most of your post, however when i did my cost analysis for return early last year (2017 beginning), i was stumped by the cost of living for comparable life style between Sydney and Mumbai. Cost of living was as bad if not worst in Mumbai in comparison to Sydney, one of the costlie...
by Deans
28 Mar 2018 11:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1957
Views: 248553

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Sharing my personal experience - Many of my relatives have settled in the US/ Canada/Australia, which are the dream destinations for many in my community and they bash India as many NRIs are do. (e.g Back in LA...... or `You people should something about poverty/pollution/population etc). As a kid, ...
by Deans
23 Mar 2018 14:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - 4th Jan 2018
Replies: 2862
Views: 223577

Re: Terroristan - 4th Jan 2018

Pakistan "Rope In" Sri Lankan President For Guest Of Honour On Paki Day Parade :D Sri Lanka president to be ‘guest of honour’ on Pakistan Day parade [/color] Makes sense. A nation no one wants to travel to invites the president of a nation not many invite. Match made in heaven. After ever...
by Deans
23 Mar 2018 09:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Cambridge Analytica and Next Color Revolutions India
Replies: 112
Views: 10585

Re: Cambridge Analytics and Next Color Revolutions India

A couple of questions and comments: Did Russia (significantly) influence the US election, or did CA, or both ? Is there really anything wrong is using social media to more accurately target people ? Good digital marketers are evaluated by their ability to better target people (higher conversion rate...
by Deans
01 Mar 2018 11:00
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2403
Views: 374916

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

NPA figures are actually deceptive. Pvt Sector Bank figures are more so. While the poor appraisal of loan proposals is one of the main reasons, it is not the sole reason. In fact knowledge, wise and admin wise PSU Banks are far better then Pvt ones. Pvt ones have better media management. That is al...
by Deans
28 Feb 2018 10:32
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2403
Views: 374916

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

A Deshmukh wrote:ToI: Karti Chidambram arrested.
CA was already arrested.
No coverage by news aggregators.


Finally ! Though he must have complained of chest pain by now and will get bail tomorrow, thanks to daddy.
by Deans
26 Feb 2018 16:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - 4th Jan 2018
Replies: 2862
Views: 223577

Re: Terroristan - 4th Jan 2018

The real gain for us at FATF, is that Saudi dropped its opposition, despite Pak agreeing to send soldiers for the Yemen war. Erdogan will also come around. He has very few allies and those he has are closer to India than Pak.

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