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by Cain Marko
15 Nov 2019 10:14
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 2969
Views: 409215

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

I will search myself, but if anybody already has the video link of Sunanda Vashisht's testimony to another anti-India lynch mob in the US Congress today, please post. According to Aaarti Singh Tikoo, it was brilliant. My twitter exchange with her Aarti Tikoo Singh @AartiTikoo I was a disaster at th...
by Cain Marko
15 Nov 2019 10:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2761
Views: 454530

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

[ Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhaduria has stated on record, that there will be no follow-on order of 36 Rafales. The IAF is focused only on the 114 MRFA purchase, again as per the Air Chief himself. The only thing this verdict has done is strengthened Dassault's position among the seven OEMs participati...
by Cain Marko
14 Nov 2019 14:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2761
Views: 454530

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

Can we expect another 36 or will it be 114?
by Cain Marko
11 Nov 2019 14:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Ram Janmbhoomi Post-SCI Verdict: News and Discussion
Replies: 118
Views: 11014

Re: Ram Janmbhoomi Post-SCI Verdict: News and Discussion

The Israeli model which is a fave amongst many Indians imho is hardly a good model to follow. They have no peace even after so many years and viciously subjugating the Palestinians. India's hasa much better and mature policy.
by Cain Marko
11 Nov 2019 14:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Ram Janmbhoomi Post-SCI Verdict: News and Discussion
Replies: 118
Views: 11014

Re: Ram Janmbhoomi Post-SCI Verdict: News and Discussion

The Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock isn't built near the ruins of the Jewish Second Temple - it's built upon it. The Western Wall (previously known as the Wailing Wall) is the wall of the Temple Mount structure upon which the temple existed, and where the Al Aqsa Mosque was built. The reaso...
by Cain Marko
11 Nov 2019 13:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Radar - Specs & Discussions
Replies: 924
Views: 212024

Re: Radar - Specs & Discussions

. The IAF chief termed the indigenous Airborne Early Warning nd Control aircraft developed by DRDO as another major success for the service.
"It is a huge success, we are looking forward for further development of it.


Major success but we'll buy a mere 3 birds thank you. Wtf.
by Cain Marko
11 Nov 2019 00:14
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion
Replies: 1043
Views: 83330

Re: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion

not saying it won't happen but it will be harder than anticipated in the immediate aftermath of the RJB verdict , both in terms of legislative effort required and the amount of public support needed. might take an equally arduous and long drawn out movement as RJB needed. but we will bash on regard...
by Cain Marko
11 Nov 2019 00:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion
Replies: 1043
Views: 83330

Re: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion

Kashi and Mathura temples are fundamental to Indian civilization. The Mathura temple specially as it is the birthplace of Krishna the greatest icon of Hinduism globally. It is going to happen. No need to panic. If simple SC judgement on as simple as Shahbano can be overturned so can this be. But yo...
by Cain Marko
10 Nov 2019 08:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion
Replies: 1043
Views: 83330

Re: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion

https://twitter.com/ThePrintIndia/status/1193104692735180800 No Kamments. I wouldn't put it past the print to put false news Its not false, I heard it myself when he gave a press conference (although it is possible that I misunderstood). IIRC he was asked about RSS starting an agitation for Mathura...
by Cain Marko
09 Nov 2019 22:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion
Replies: 1043
Views: 83330

Re: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion

True Indology @TIinExile JNU historian Supriya Varma In media: "There is no archaeological evidence of temple under Babri Masjid .It is a Buddhist Stupa and not Hindu temple" In court: "Shrine under Babri Masjid isn't a Buddhist Stupa. I am not expert.I haven't visited the site. Just...
by Cain Marko
09 Nov 2019 21:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion
Replies: 1043
Views: 83330

Re: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion

P.S: Did Spain showed such consideration when reconverting mosques into churches? 1492 vs 2019. Today in 2019, Spain cannot act as in the days of Ferdinand and Isabella. In 2019, the Spanish King Felipe VI, like Juan Carlos I before him, may possess but does not use the historic title of his ancest...
by Cain Marko
09 Nov 2019 13:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion
Replies: 1043
Views: 83330

Re: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion

BTW it must not have escaped the attention of astute brfites that this was a major day for not just Hindus but also Sikhs and Muslims in terms of religious significance!
by Cain Marko
09 Nov 2019 13:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion
Replies: 1043
Views: 83330

Re: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion

Yes - great observations. I have heard as much from some Mahatmas and Fakirs as well. 2023-24 is what they alluded to as start of "Golden Age" and this was about 15 years ago. And it was supposed to be quite dramatic, painless? doubtful. Seems like we are living at the cusp of something t...
by Cain Marko
09 Nov 2019 13:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion
Replies: 1043
Views: 83330

Re: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion

Is that based on the Jyotish conjunction of 6 planets in Dhanu? Or some other reason? Yep ... Almost every graha will cluster in Dhanu with Guru the Dharma karaka, and Shani the Nyaya karaka on 25/26 Dec 2019. There is an eclipse too on that date. Plus Guru just entered his own Rasi on 5th Nov wher...
by Cain Marko
09 Nov 2019 13:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion
Replies: 1043
Views: 83330

Re: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion

Prasad wrote:There were lots of very interesting info nuggets in the HC judgement. SC judgement will also need detailed reading. Chaanakya saar, are you around? :)

CAn you elaborate saar, please
by Cain Marko
09 Nov 2019 12:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion
Replies: 1043
Views: 83330

Re: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion

Hopefully the judgement makes the Mathura and Kashi cases a lot easier.
by Cain Marko
09 Nov 2019 12:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion
Replies: 1043
Views: 83330

Re: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion

Ram Temple at Ayodhya is the centre of re-emergence of indic civilisation. We are just beginning to get out of the hangover of 1000 yrs of islamic & christian colonisation of bharatvarsh. The mental decolonisation of bharatiyas begins NOW ! The pivotal date is going to be 25/26 Dec 2019. The ne...
by Cain Marko
08 Nov 2019 10:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 3748
Views: 407801

Re: Understanding the US - Again

[ I don't think it matters nearly enough. Even on a politically aware forum like BRF you have many Indo-Ams who oppose Republicans, especially in the Trump era. If you take even a casual poll of Indo-Ams in the wider world, the norm is still very much to vote for Democrats. It is possible that Howd...
by Cain Marko
06 Nov 2019 12:12
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 4042
Views: 750717

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Do Ozzies practice factory farming? Kiwis? I don't our farmers can stomach the cruelty involved in factory farming and hence we would not be competitive. That said, there is a worldwide movement to stop factory farming. The protests are going to be louder and louder since the environmental and heal...
by Cain Marko
06 Nov 2019 10:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion
Replies: 1043
Views: 83330

Re: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion

First things first - let hindu temples be administered by hindus and not govt babus of other religions in the name of secularism. Otherwise, do the same for institutions of other religions - lets have secular crowd in their boards and trusts as well.
by Cain Marko
05 Nov 2019 10:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion
Replies: 1043
Views: 83330

Re: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion

^^ Absolutely. Between a choice of getting nothing done vs getting something done, the choice always has to be to get something done. Someone has written a twitter thread on strange behavior of some claiming to speak for Yindu causes that is unthinking in many ways. Will try to locate and post it h...
by Cain Marko
05 Nov 2019 10:27
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion
Replies: 1043
Views: 83330

Re: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion

The "them" part is the catch word here. For many Hindutwa-vadis, and the so called "core group" etc, these folks generally are just arm chair generals who wants RSS and BJP to play the role of hired goons. They want BJP and RSS cadre to be the goonda gang who is willing to kill ...
by Cain Marko
05 Nov 2019 10:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 50009

Re: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019

[ IMO, need of heavy 5th Gen manned fighter is highly debatable. I personally think, its not a necessity for IAF, if they can make AMCA work satisfactorily. If someone thinks we need a heavy manned stealth fighter, I would like to hear the arguments other than "we need to replace Su-30MKI"...
by Cain Marko
04 Nov 2019 11:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 50009

Re: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019

^ err...mki carries almost 10 tons fuel without mlu and EFTs. If you do the numbers carefully, you'll note that the 8 ton payload could be rather deceptive considering the mtow on the mki is greater then 38 tons quite unlike the lesser analogues sported by northern neighbors. And then there is the b...
by Cain Marko
04 Nov 2019 03:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 50009

Re: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019

No other 5th generation program fits India's bill. The fallout in the case of FGFA was on workshare. India was not getting the research ROI on the RnD dollars. Not really on workshare because FGFA was a JV along the line on Brahmos/MRSAM ( not a TOT program like MKI ) and HAL and IAF own Varthaman ...
by Cain Marko
02 Nov 2019 03:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3670
Views: 795399

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

Will the upgraded mirage 2000s have engine issues one wonders, would have to see it wasted like the Shar. We will still be insisting dash 5m2ks when most other users are starting to get rid of them... Do still we have any with Dash 5 engines? I thought we replaced the engines on the initial lot wit...
by Cain Marko
02 Nov 2019 02:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Ladakh Union Territory- 2019
Replies: 71
Views: 11486

Re: Ladakh Union Territory- 2019

People, the word "development" sounds very grand but HTH do you do "development" when people are being lined up and shot by terrorists? This is the big Pig In The Room, isn't it? Right now, the shops are shuttered, the kids are staying home, in Kashmir, not because they want to,...
by Cain Marko
02 Nov 2019 02:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3670
Views: 795399

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

Engine spares unavailable from OEM. The Sea Harrier was decommissioned for same reason. Both types had undergone extensive avionics upgrades that are completely going waste . Exactly, the avionics upgrade wasn't that long ago. And the aircraft could have remained usable and combat capable if not fo...
by Cain Marko
01 Nov 2019 10:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations
Replies: 898
Views: 96970

Re: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations

Nukes for TST? Russia might have a thing or two to say about that
by Cain Marko
01 Nov 2019 09:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 2606
Views: 394305

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

Dunno is this was posted before but Boris Johnson's Diwali message was superb

https://mobile.twitter.com/borisjohnson ... 1302714369
by Cain Marko
01 Nov 2019 09:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 3748
Views: 407801

Re: Understanding the US - Again

I'd love to see her on Joe Rogan again.... Her stars are well aligned indeed
by Cain Marko
01 Nov 2019 09:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 50009

Re: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019

Kartik wrote:
Cain Marko wrote:Where does the naval fighter fit in? IIRC the Navy was looking at a twin engined Desi design.


Indranil mentioned on the Navy LCA thread that the N-LCA Mk2 project is dead.

That was expected. Wonder what the twin engined design will look like....AMCA N?
by Cain Marko
30 Oct 2019 08:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 2969
Views: 409215

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

Vips wrote:She has been lording over Lutyens for a long time and has done much to be afraid of (Radia Tapes). She has seen how Modi/Shah/Doval can act and has propmptly put on the diaper.

Wasnt she a guest columnist for nyt or time? Maybe she can put some of that outrage to use?
by Cain Marko
30 Oct 2019 08:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 50009

Re: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019

No sir, LCA Mk2 and AMCA are well supported by IAF now. MK2 or MWF design work is in very advanced stages. MWF and AMCA timelines are not the same at all. One will start squadron service before 2025 and the other is unlikely to get into the air before 2025. It will be atleast 2035, before AMCA gets...
by Cain Marko
28 Oct 2019 23:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 2969
Views: 409215

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

We should stop worrying about the gora visit. If we don't allow them, it will become a automatic admission of guilt. If we were not confident, they would not have landed in India. Obviously we have to show them Jammu & Kashmir. Unless the streets of Srinagar are empty, what difference will they...
by Cain Marko
28 Oct 2019 04:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 1219
Views: 174514

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

What a brilliant article. It might rub some folks the wrong way, to the point they quibble on minor details, but the basic thrust of the article is rock solid and amazing. Great job, Mr Woolley (whoever you are). Bernard Woolley is the principal private secretary to the right honorable Jim hacker :...
by Cain Marko
24 Oct 2019 08:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 1219
Views: 174514

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

https://www.fighterpilotpodcast.com/episodes/060-mig-29-fulcrum/ How come then we chose thrust vectoring on MKI , BUT CHINESE CHOSE MKK WITHOUT HAVING THRUST VECTORING? Just a guess...It's probly the weight of the tvc nozzles...500kg is not such a big deal for an mki that compensates with massive e...
by Cain Marko
21 Oct 2019 10:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India and ASEAN / East Asia
Replies: 683
Views: 72520

Re: India and ASEAN / East Asia

"How to shoot yourself in the foot and then put that foot in your mouth" by Muhammad Mahathir
by Cain Marko
20 Oct 2019 22:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 407
Views: 107442

Re: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

We only came to know recently that the humped back Mig 29 has ranges (with required load) similar to Rafale (at least 1000 Km, very good for ship based fighter). Avionics is better than any that it will face in combat - TSPN's JF-17 s and Mirage V (perhaps some F-16 if TSP can spare it) and one of ...

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