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by Deans
05 Jan 2019 14:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 116
Views: 35096

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

For a paper I'm writing (for a think tank with the same kind of orientation as BRF) can Missile gurus here help me understand what quantity of the following missiles we should have deployed by the end of 2022. This is in a `best case scenario' assuming no delays in trials/ procurement etc. Thanks. ...
by Deans
02 Jan 2019 11:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian Weapons & Military Technology
Replies: 1525
Views: 206031

Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

Does Russia have an Air launched decoy missile in service (Similar to the MALD that Raytheon has developed) ? I would appreciate any links for info. I can read basic Russian.
by Deans
02 Jan 2019 11:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3444
Views: 567042

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

China is building 3 new airfields - 2 very close to the Indian border and the near on the Nepal border. https://www.freetibet.org/news-media/na/three-new-airports-tibet-confirmed Along with Nyingchi (20 km from the Arunachal border) and Ngari Kunsha airport (Opp Demchok), I sees 5 airfields which ar...
by Deans
02 Jan 2019 11:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 116
Views: 35096

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

For a paper I'm writing (for a think tank with the same kind of orientation as BRF) can Missile gurus here help me understand what quantity of the following missiles we should have deployed by the end of 2022. This is in a `best case scenario' assuming no delays in trials/ procurement etc. Thanks. S...
by Deans
06 Dec 2018 10:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indus Water Treaty
Replies: 3091
Views: 353388

Re: Indus Water Treaty

Dumping all the crap into water flowing to Pakistan should be the first step. While we clean the filth , it create natural habitat for paki species. This is not crap. Its very good for irrigation and fertilization of land. This silt is very rich in nutrients, like a natural super fertilizer. Efflue...
by Deans
03 Dec 2018 22:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Eastern Europe/Ukraine [Feb 6th 2015]
Replies: 1132
Views: 44935

Re: Eastern Europe/Ukraine [Feb 6th 2015]

I am trying to figure out why Comrade Putin is so gung-ho when meeting Bin Salman. There was something very special there, like "we did it, comrade!" . Russia and Saudi each produce around 10.5 million barrels of oil / day. They have probably just agreed to cut production (to around 10 MB...
by Deans
03 Dec 2018 22:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indus Water Treaty
Replies: 3091
Views: 353388

Re: Indus Water Treaty

Gurus what are the ramifications of us completely stopping Indus water? Will it attract international sanctions? As this an international accord and not bilateral, will bodies like world bank create any trouble? Btw I assume China or Russia would have done it long back if they were in out place. I ...
by Deans
24 Nov 2018 10:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - October 8, 2018
Replies: 1884
Views: 177581

Re: Terroristan - October 8, 2018

Emirates refuses to use air bridges in Pakistan, Senate committee told A parliamentary committee was told that Emirates airline has refused to use passenger boarding bridges at airports in Pakistan after an air bridge collapsed at the new Islamabad International airport last month. They do have air...
by Deans
22 Nov 2018 10:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2278
Views: 199022

Re: Understanding the US - Again

question - other than BHIM app and scanning UPI QR code, what other means can i use to access UPI and avoid visa/m ? even most debit cards are visa/m RuPay is India's most issued debit card, which does not rely on mastercard/ Visa. Your banks will have a UPI app, or as part of their online banking ...
by Deans
20 Sep 2018 14:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2007
Views: 260160

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: 947
Views: 122986

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: 4867
Views: 366087

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: 4868
Views: 366525

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: 526
Views: 43838

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: 4868
Views: 366525

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: 4868
Views: 366525

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: 104
Views: 8343

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: 4868
Views: 366525

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: 104
Views: 8343

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: 4868
Views: 366525

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: 4868
Views: 366525

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: 4868
Views: 366525

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: 104
Views: 8343

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: 4868
Views: 366525

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: 104
Views: 8343

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: 4868
Views: 366525

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: 4868
Views: 366525

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: 4868
Views: 366525

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: 104
Views: 8343

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: 947
Views: 122986

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: 4868
Views: 366525

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: 2646
Views: 427181

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: 4868
Views: 366525

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: 4868
Views: 366525

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: 4868
Views: 366525

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: 2628
Views: 339558

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: 20617

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: 2628
Views: 339558

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: 20617

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: 2646
Views: 427181

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 ---------...

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