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by Dileep
14 Oct 2018 10:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 619
Views: 32341

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

Who decides the matter of Deities? (Note.. I am not saying 'gods'. Let us talk about 'Dieties' which is the subject matter here) Deity is installed by humans as a focal point for their worship. If you are enlightened in one of the 'sidhantas'you don't need this, but most of the people aren't, so a D...
by Dileep
13 Oct 2018 22:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 619
Views: 32341

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

Well, I wouldn't say the temples were "made" money making. We aren't that smart. We aren't smart enough to think that "if you build it, they will come". That is a very massa concept. Here, first a lot of people show up. After the facilities and infra starts to crumble, we realize...
by Dileep
13 Oct 2018 10:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 619
Views: 32341

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

UB Saar.. I never heard about the figurines. Maybe they were indeed remnants of old Buddist existence. But I am 400% sure there was no conflict. If there was any, at least some insinuation about it would have been there in the legends. Like 'asuras' were livingthere and Ayyappa chased them away etc....
by Dileep
13 Oct 2018 07:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 619
Views: 32341

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

Kanson's post have several factual inaccuracies. Tantric worship is the generic name for the Temple centric worship system in Bharatham. It is distinct from the 'Vedic' system. A lot of philosophies and 'gods' are freely integrated into what we call 'hinduism' today. It was Bhagavan Sree Sankaran (t...
by Dileep
12 Oct 2018 09:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 619
Views: 32341

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

Latest update is, that the 'spiritual authorities' of the temple threaten to shut the temple down if women of age visits there. The logic is, if there is any 'break in tradition' a corrective measure called 'punyaha' need to be done before any other ritual can be done. If women show up every day, th...
by Dileep
11 Oct 2018 20:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2605
Views: 522057

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

I personally dont buy the beancounter argument because Indian Defence Account Service (an allied IAS service) are pretty competent folks. Sir.. this is FIRST HAND information. Yes, babus are competent. VERY competent, even OVER competent...... In counting BEANS, which unfortunately is their jobs. I...
by Dileep
11 Oct 2018 12:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2605
Views: 522057

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

Let me unleash an Elephant into the room with one word. Obsolescence. Not sure if folk like IR is deliberately keeping quiet on this, but this is indeed a show stopper level problem. Some of this "concurrent engineering" is because of that. This is a generic issue (and good bijness opportu...
by Dileep
11 Oct 2018 07:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 619
Views: 32341

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

There is a trail, on which specially equipped tractors ply the freight. Earlier it used to be donkeys, which is banned now. There is 'dolly' service available for anyone for a few thousand rupees. There is no mechanized option for people. The trail is being constantly modified to make it easier. It ...
by Dileep
11 Oct 2018 07:19
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 619
Views: 32341

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

The place is a total mess. Very primitive facilities. Filth everywhere. Typical Indian pilgrimage centre, with the additional limitation of poor accessibility. The 'suffering' is part of the deal, just like the arduous trek. These feminazis who want to 'take a selfie' with 'Ayyappa Bro' will not las...
by Dileep
11 Oct 2018 07:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 619
Views: 32341

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

Ramana, thanks. I greatly value your liking my writing. This twitter thing is just to put my (disturbed) mind out.
by Dileep
11 Oct 2018 07:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 619
Views: 32341

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

Let me give some background of the Temple. This temple is situated in the western ghats. 9°26'04.5"N 77°04'52.7"E GPS. The nearest road head (used to be. it is washed out by the floods now) at Pamba 9°24'46.7"N 77°04'07.2"E from where we trek 4 km, first uphill by 1800ft elevatio...
by Dileep
11 Oct 2018 06:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 619
Views: 32341

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

Habal, it is a total fabrication. There may be a few violations of the custom, but it was very much there. I know first hand that in my childhood in the early 70s the custom was very much there. It was well known to everyone, just like the custom that you need to bathe and wear clean clothes to go t...
by Dileep
10 Oct 2018 19:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 619
Views: 32341

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

Shameless plugging here. I joined teetar and started a Blog.
by Dileep
10 Oct 2018 19:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 619
Views: 32341

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

Reporting from Ayyappa's own country :) (Disclaimer: I place myself on the extreme here again) Flood relief is forgotten now. Literally lakhs of people are taking to the streets, protesting primarily the social justice war by the GoK. The Supreme court removed a law that a) Prevented women during th...
by Dileep
29 Sep 2018 09:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 619
Views: 32341

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

Aadhar exists in the UIDAI server. The "card" is simply a 'certified copy'. All the person need to do is to put the finger on the scanner at the facilitation centre, and the details will pop-up. I did that myself, when I went to register my mobile number. If you 'register' your mobile numb...
by Dileep
28 Sep 2018 14:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 619
Views: 32341

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

College Students volunteer to go from house to house to collect damage information and creds like Aadhar and Bank account details. The information is geo-tagged, so the GPS co-ordinate of the actual place where the photos are taken is available. My elder one does this. 10,000 distribution is almost ...
by Dileep
23 Sep 2018 16:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1371
Views: 192776

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

There are a few 'build to spec' opportunities coming, which are contemporary for commercial aviation. Not sure if any projects are 'awarded' yet.
by Dileep
23 Sep 2018 13:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1371
Views: 192776

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

My 2 NP I am pretty sure that there was a wink-wink nod-nod towards chota bhai to get the JV with Dassault. As a tax paying vote casting citizen, I see no problem with that. I am also pretty sure that no money went to any hidden accounts in this deal. I think what the govt to do is to formally call ...
by Dileep
23 Sep 2018 13:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1371
Views: 192776

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

The French is frantically running around to dump offset work on desi companies. Mostly low tech/previous generation stuff onlee.
by Dileep
22 Sep 2018 10:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1566
Views: 131732

Re: Understanding the US- Again

My mom used to tell a 'kunnathunadan' story. There was this 'tharavad karanavar' (head of nair family) who had filariasis on his feet. (This parasitic disease used to be common here, where the victim will have massively swollen feet and calves). He used to threaten his farm workers that one kick wit...
by Dileep
19 Sep 2018 12:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 619
Views: 32341

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

My mother used to make a 'kunnathunadan' quip, which roughly translates to "people who sell tears of a dead child (which is given to them for burial)". I get reminded of this everyday, seeing how low we people can sink. I never (while in my rational self) blame the netas/politicos. Hey, th...
by Dileep
15 Sep 2018 08:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 619
Views: 32341

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

ramana wrote:Chetak, Are the piranha being raised for sinister purpose of disappearing people in fish ponds?


Traditionally, it was Crocodiles that were used for this purpose. A lot of "historical documents" available for activities of supervillains like Jose Prakash
by Dileep
12 Sep 2018 09:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 11932

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

^^Yes, they do. But are they on LEO?
by Dileep
10 Sep 2018 16:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 11932

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

ELF systems work with the 'code book' method. As secure as the code book itself.

The simplest un-breakable coding is the XOR Cipher, with a random key equal or greater in length to the message. Works beautifully with the short text messages.
by Dileep
10 Sep 2018 07:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 11932

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

I raised the question because we tend to get into science fiction about the communication capabilities, based on the 'possibilities', not realities. Here are the 'realities' Kattabomman is an ELF Transmitter. The ELF have very low bandwidth. Its primary role is to go underwater, where the higher fre...
by Dileep
09 Sep 2018 19:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 11932

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

Got a question. Today,imagine a P8I on patrol finding a boatload of bakis who left from kratchi in our direction. How exactly do they communicate to the command? Do they a)Use a voice channel to give the co ordinates? b)Send a text message c)Send an image d)Send live video? Now, with a new US system...
by Dileep
07 Sep 2018 07:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 11932

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

We will get "Technology"? Sure!! Like each of us freely get technologies like "Android" and "LTE". The agreement simply means we can now buy the equivalent of smart phones and satellite TV receivers for the aam aadmi currently using BSNL land line and Doordarshan terres...
by Dileep
06 Sep 2018 12:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2605
Views: 522057

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

Isn't this the first time IAF releases a bragging news about Tejas? Now, THAT is a reason for lungi dance!
by Dileep
31 Aug 2018 17:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2605
Views: 522057

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

nam wrote:They might be looking for production partners for the components including AESA modules. Given the number of AESA radars coming up, we need increased production numbers for the components.


Nope. That is what Tenders are for.

I for one, will not touch the ToT with a barge pole.
by Dileep
30 Aug 2018 17:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 3020
Views: 551158

Re: Indian Space Programme Discussion - Sept 2016

Gaganchaari (Gaganachaari) is the name in malluspeak (which is actually samskrtham) for people who go to outer space. We malloos have a tendency to create samskrtham terms and pretend that it is Malayalam. My schooling was entirely in those. vaahanam: Vehicle,ie Rocket upagraham : Satellite pETakam:...
by Dileep
30 Aug 2018 17:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2605
Views: 522057

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

ToT will work only if

- The design is fully qualified.
- There is an assurance of purchase.

I don't think either is true in this case.
We have enough experience with this ToT bijnejj with DRDO/govt entities.
by Dileep
28 Aug 2018 17:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 619
Views: 32341

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

Heard an incident I heard from my colleague. His SHQ is a teacher, and a counselor. So, she works full time with the displaced people at Chengannur. There was this young couple with two kids. One is two months and the other two years. They came late evening to home, and was not aware of the flood. T...
by Dileep
28 Aug 2018 07:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 619
Views: 32341

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

When the govt talks about losses, it only considers stuff for it is liable (and money could be siphoned off) A lot of things are left out from the (shanghai) statistics, probably because those are not the govt's liability. 1. So called luxury items (car, tv, air conditioner, leather sofa etc) 2. Non...
by Dileep
27 Aug 2018 18:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 619
Views: 32341

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

If an Okhi like Cat 4 Tai-feng parks near good old Kochi, we can take that only as god's wrath onlee. There is nothing you can do about it, neither to prevent, nor to correct. Of course, we all could mend our ways and be more bious and 'upanayified,sunnathized,baptized,amritdhari' environmentians, b...
by Dileep
27 Aug 2018 14:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 619
Views: 32341

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

The dam started discharging 500 cumecs on 9th, which is increased to 750 on 10th Aug.the level was brought down to 2397ft by this. Then the big rain came, mullaperiyar opened on the night of 14th, and all hell broke loose. Idukki was discharging 1500 Cumecs ever after. The area of Idukki lake is 60 ...
by Dileep
27 Aug 2018 13:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 619
Views: 32341

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

Here is the history: Aug 11: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/water-level-comes-down-in-idukki-dam/article24667717.ece Aug 12: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/water-level-at-keralas-idukki-dam-further-decreases/articleshow/65373226.cms Aug 13: https://timesofindia.indiati...
by Dileep
26 Aug 2018 21:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 619
Views: 32341

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

I am not sure if anyone here is familiar with the Sabarimala Temple. Here is some update. The Temple is completely isolated currently, with the only access is a 22km trek via a tiger infested forest area. The road head at Pamba is almost completely destroyed. Someone posted pics here The entire sand...
by Dileep
25 Aug 2018 22:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 619
Views: 32341

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

Idukki can start releasing water from 2374 ft. That is the minimum height of the sluice gate opening. A quick madrassa math shows that if Idukki was restricted to 500 Cumecs, the dam level would have risen 5 feet in a day. So, if the level was made 2388ft, the dam could have taken the excess and avo...
by Dileep
25 Aug 2018 06:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 619
Views: 32341

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

Ramana, that was an excellent take!! Here are some more lies, dam lies and statistics by Tamilistan: 1. KL doesn't share rain information: You know where this stems from? TN always try to put a toetip in the geography to define at least a square mm of catchment area of MP within TN, to claim that Pe...

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