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by eklavya
17 Jun 2018 00:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 96
Views: 6620

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

One way of fixing the US would be to request their vendors to obtain certificates from the US government before they enter tenders in India that CAATSA will be permanently waived for the supply of that equipment. Why should we even bother evaluating their equipment if CAATSA may apply. It’s their la...
by eklavya
08 Jun 2018 14:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 96
Views: 6620

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

^^^^
No F-35 for PAF. Might as well gift the technology to the PLAAF in that case. IAF has not made a request for F-35. The Americans are being dumb wrt Russia. The long term threat to the West is not from Russia. It’s from China, who will work harder, save harder, fight dirtier, etc
by eklavya
06 Jun 2018 01:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 96
Views: 6620

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

^^^^^ Chola, you are wrong. Under CAATSA, the US would have to punish India (unless they waived the punishment) even if we paid for Russian equipment with bartered goods. The form of US punishment remains to be seen e.g. no spares for C-130/C-17/P-8/LCA engine. Now that this law exists, and India wi...
by eklavya
04 Jun 2018 23:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 96
Views: 6620

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

^^^^^^ Interesting interview posted by Rakesh. I don’t think they have any appetite for sanctioning India at this juncture. If they symbolically cancel the potential Predator drone sale to India, they are essentially sanctioning themselves. Which would be idiotic. I don’t understand what this “inter...
by eklavya
02 Jun 2018 16:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1360
Views: 165845

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

^^^^^
This castrata is America’s problem. They made the problem, they can solve it, or not, who cares. India will deploy S-400.
by eklavya
26 May 2018 03:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1363
Views: 148316

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

The burden of proof for asserting a mistake in a decision that's already been tested by all political permutations, therefore lies upon you. All political permutations failing to make progress proves that there is no progress to be made? That is a logical, political and economic fallacy. Particular...
by eklavya
26 May 2018 02:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1363
Views: 148316

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

^^^^ I have no problem in being wrong. But why don’t you stick to economics? For nearly 5 decades Indian governments followed the policy of autarky. Were they right? What did it do to our productivity and competitiveness? Policy consistency does not prove that the policy is effective. Political fail...
by eklavya
26 May 2018 02:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1363
Views: 148316

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

^^^^ Suraj, With respect, you asked why the UK should want a trade treaty that worsens their deficit. The economic fallacy in your argument is that a trade deficit makes you poorer. I hope that is clear. If you want to have a civilised discussion on economics, I am happy to engage. Flag waving is no...
by eklavya
26 May 2018 02:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1363
Views: 148316

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

Why exactly would UK want a trade treaty that enhances our trade surplus and worsens the CAD they have, that you've already presented copious data about ? :) The lack of any traction between successive Indian *and* UK governments should be sufficient indicator that neither side sees a win-win situa...
by eklavya
26 May 2018 01:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1363
Views: 148316

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

India gains from the UK on two fronts: * India runs a trade surplus with the UK (£4bn in 2016) * India receives significant remittances from the UK ($3.6bn in 2016) https://www.ons.gov.uk/businessindustryandtrade/internationaltrade/articles/whodoestheuktradewith/2017-02-21 https://en.m.wikipedia.org...
by eklavya
26 May 2018 01:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1363
Views: 148316

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

In case anyone was wondering why the UK Government is working against skilled Indian migration, please choose one of the following options:

a) Theresa May is evil
b) Theresa May is stupid
c) Theresa May is racist
d) All of the above
by eklavya
26 May 2018 01:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1363
Views: 148316

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

^^^^ If you run a CAD, you need someone else’s money to pay for it. Investment income is also part of the current account. Investment income decline is also a issue for the UK CAD. UK balances its CAD by debt and equity investment from foreigners flowing into UK assets. They are importing capital. R...
by eklavya
26 May 2018 00:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1363
Views: 148316

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

According to the ONS: https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/nationalaccounts/balanceofpayments/bulletins/unitedkingdombalanceofpaymentsthepinkbook/2017/pdf#page17 The financial account is the counterpart to the current account, showing how the UK is financing its borrowing from the rest of the world. Despi...
by eklavya
26 May 2018 00:19
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1363
Views: 148316

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

^^^^ Britain does have huge overseas holdings of capital. But these are obviously running down if it runs a current account deficit. As of today, with Britain running a persistent current account deficit, capital is flowing into Britain, not out of Britain. Explained here: https://www.economist.com/...
by eklavya
25 May 2018 23:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1363
Views: 148316

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

^^^^^
The UK does not export capital. It runs a huge current account deficit, which is balanced by a capital account surplus. The UK imports capital. Fact.
by eklavya
25 May 2018 23:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1363
Views: 148316

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

You have 10 doctors. You can employ them at home, each making Rs.1000, or you can send them abroad, where they earn multiples of that and each send Rs.10,000 home . The local economy gains more from exporting that labour even if arguably that sector has a deficit. It's basic economics. . I had mist...
by eklavya
25 May 2018 23:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1363
Views: 148316

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

^^^^ India has 0.8 physicians per 1,000 people. The UK has 2.8 physicians per 1,000 people. https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SH.MED.PHYS.ZS So, who is “labour surplus” in the medical sector, UK or India? Should the Indian government demand access for Indian doctors to work in the UK? How does th...
by eklavya
21 Apr 2018 23:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1363
Views: 148316

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

^^^^^ That in-bred half-wit terrorists act like this is not surprising. For any Sikh, whose people are historically the greatest victims of the in-bred half-wits, to collude with these terrorists, is completely unforgivable. It is not in India’s security interests to let the Khalistani supporters an...
by eklavya
26 Mar 2018 19:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-France news
Replies: 78
Views: 11194

Re: India-France news

Macron is also less anti- Ru than the perfidious English ..... La France va expulser quatre diplomates russes « dans un délai d’une semaine », a fait savoir le Quai d’Orsay. De son côté, l’Allemagne va également en expulser quatre, a précisé le ministère des affaires étrangères allemand. « Nous avo...
by eklavya
24 Mar 2018 22:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-France news
Replies: 78
Views: 11194

Re: India-France news

Arnaud Beltrame: France lauds policeman who swapped with hostage Tributes are pouring in for a French police officer who died saving the lives of hostages in a supermarket siege by an Islamist gunman on Friday. Lt-Col Arnaud Beltrame, 44, was shot and stabbed after he traded places with one of the ...
by eklavya
17 Mar 2018 17:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1363
Views: 148316

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

^^^^
I see that you’re a Scotsman at heart, and having nothing at stake in the World Cup.
by eklavya
17 Mar 2018 16:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1363
Views: 148316

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

^^^^
Ok. Who do you support anyway?
by eklavya
17 Mar 2018 15:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1363
Views: 148316

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

^^^^^
Philip, why so much passion about a pi$$ing match between two former failing imperial powers?
by eklavya
15 Mar 2018 23:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1363
Views: 148316

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

Statement from the United States, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom on the Attack in Salisbury Statement from the United States, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom on the Attack in Salisbury March 15, 2018 We, the leaders of France, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom, abho...
by eklavya
15 Mar 2018 00:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1363
Views: 148316

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

Stephen Hawking, scientist, 1942-2018 Stephen Hawking, scientist, 1942-2018 Theoretical physicist who symbolised victory of human spirit over physical disability Stephen Hawking, who has died at the age of 76, was one of the most brilliant scientists of his age — and the best known physicist since ...
by eklavya
04 Mar 2018 01:30
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 1569
Views: 225026

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

We simply do not have the land and resources to cater to such a humongous population provide all of them with a decent living standard and quality of life. This is a big hole we have dug for ourselves and now it will take inordinate amount of time may be centuries to dig us out of this hole. Not ce...
by eklavya
04 Mar 2018 01:23
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 1569
Views: 225026

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

KiranA, your maths is a bit D grade. Actually, India’s share of world population has increased from 17.2% to 17.8% from 2000 to 2015, which is 0.6% over 15 years. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_population But even if we over-indulge your 1.5% increase in world population “assumption” (actuall...
by eklavya
23 Jan 2018 00:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 2627
Views: 248497

Re: Su-30: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014

^^^^
It’s not the 2-seats, it’s the 2 engines that increases the margin of safety.
by eklavya
29 Dec 2017 20:27
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Terroristan - 29 September 2017
Replies: 2847
Views: 215796

Re: Terroristan - 29 September 2017

I think that this suggestion of 'disowning' Khulbushan Jadhav is going beyond ridiculous limits. I hope that those who are suggesting this understand what I mean. Fully agreed sir. It was an attempt to derail the thread, and to divert focus from the disgusting behaviour of the Pakistanis. The GoI d...
by eklavya
25 Dec 2017 19:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1363
Views: 148316

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

I would trade-in the Falkland Islands (might even throw in Scotland) for this:

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by eklavya
24 Dec 2017 20:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1363
Views: 148316

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

Jeremy Corbyn is the best hope of the Argentines. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jan/24/jeremy-corbyn-power-sharing-deal-falkland-islands-argentina Although the 2013 referendum was pretty clear in its outcome https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falkland_Islands_sovereignty_referendum,_2013 Som...
by eklavya
24 Dec 2017 19:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1363
Views: 148316

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

RoI has no requirement to follow the letter of all past agreements as a result . The GFA is an article of faith in RoI, including all main parties, and the current Taoiseach, and its key backers in the US and the EU. In any case, the irony of your statement is that Leo Varadkar believes that a simp...
by eklavya
24 Dec 2017 18:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1363
Views: 148316

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

^^^^
The GFA anticipates a situation where there is majority support in NI for unification, and UK and Irish law legislates for precisely this scenario. The referendum in NI on changing the constitutional status of NI will however be held under UK law.
by eklavya
24 Dec 2017 16:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1363
Views: 148316

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

There’s no such thing as ‘RoI cannot hold a referendum for whole of Ireland’ Especially when Catholics are a majority both in NI and RoI . And it won’t be pretty . The next Gerry Adams ironically is going to be British . How can the RoI hold a referendum in NI? It is not legally or practically feas...
by eklavya
21 Dec 2017 22:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1363
Views: 148316

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

All this talk of ‘Britain respecting a referendum in NI’ is nandi droppings. The Ulster Protestants don’t want one while they’re about to become a minority in NI itself . The Irish are the ones who should hold an island wide referendum and we know what will happen then . They do too, but they don’t...
by eklavya
21 Dec 2017 13:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1363
Views: 148316

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

^^^^ Any referendum on the status of NI will be held only if the people of NI demand it, and it will be held under British laws (for as long as NI is a part of the UK), so how would it be “an Irish referendum thrust upon Ulster”? The Protestant majority in NI was the basis of its separation from the...
by eklavya
19 Dec 2017 11:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1363
Views: 148316

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

Except that the Ulster Protestants will raise hell just like TSP in cashmere. You got the comparison with Terroristan spot on. A history don once told me exactly that “like Pakistan, NI represents the contempt of a minority for the majority”. London however has shown its willingness to both hold an...
by eklavya
17 Dec 2017 11:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1363
Views: 148316

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/File:Total_fertility_rate,_1960–2015_(live_births_per_woman)_YB17.png Actually, Italy and Poland, both predominantly Catholic, have some of the lowest birth rates in the EU. The RoI is also a lot richer than NI. Once the demographics favour...
by eklavya
13 Dec 2017 23:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1363
Views: 148316

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

^^^^ The catholic minority in NI is very significant. 45% according to this report: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/protestantcatholic-gap-narrows-as-census-results-revealed-29004134.html I personally would like to see Ireland united. The harm done by Britain to so many coun...

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