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by SriKumar
16 Nov 2019 06:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3493
Views: 358077

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

We Hindus are like sponge, you can squeeze us as much as you want but almost all of us will spring back to our original shape. Selection bias, perhaps? A lot of the sponge has not sprung back. Plenty of examples around depending on how far back you look (50 years, 500 years or 1000 years). Some of ...
by SriKumar
14 Nov 2019 09:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Ram Janmbhoomi Post-SCI Verdict: News and Discussion
Replies: 123
Views: 11623

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

I think the problem wont be digging fast- it will be digging carefully. I am reasonably sure they have not fully exposed all the ruins in the complex, and all the smaller artifacts that come up with digging up such ruins- coins, idols, figurines, vessels, jewelery- will have to be carefully dug up. ...
by SriKumar
14 Nov 2019 09:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Ram Janmbhoomi Post-SCI Verdict: News and Discussion
Replies: 123
Views: 11623

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

That is a wonderful point, AP. It would be a historic blunder , to go rushing in and put imported marble on top of the sacred foundations and structure a la Swaminarayan mandir, Dilli. Do you KNOW what the original Ram Mandir there looked like? I don't, and cannot guess. But given the ruins that ca...
by SriKumar
11 Nov 2019 03:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Ram Janmbhoomi Post-SCI Verdict: News and Discussion
Replies: 123
Views: 11623

Ram Janmbhoomi Post-SCI Verdict: News and Discussion

Now that the Ram Janma Bhoomi case verdict has been delivered by the Supreme Court of India, the previous thread will be locked shortly. This new thread is meant for discussions relating to the aftermath of the verdict. Below is the full text of the Supreme Court judgement from their website: https:...
by SriKumar
11 Nov 2019 00:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion
Replies: 1043
Views: 83357

Re: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion

Jai Shri Ram! A great victory. Three important things: -The court has to appear impartial, but in dispassionate language the verdict has basically reaffirmed the fact of a common occurrence in medieval India: vandalism/razing of temples and using their foundations (and even the structural elements)...
by SriKumar
11 Nov 2019 00:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion
Replies: 1043
Views: 83357

Re: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion

I think the thread should be kept alive for a few more weeks/months to deal with the aftermath of the landmark legal verdict. Here is a pdf of the judgement (downloadable) Da Uninanimous Judgement on Ayodhya Case https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article29929717.ece/Binary/JUD_2.pdf Also there...
by SriKumar
10 Nov 2019 16:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion
Replies: 1043
Views: 83357

Re: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion

As one of the commentator, IIRC Coupta, made the point that the SC has made a distinction between the title to the land vs title to the structure on the land. . Notwithstanding the fact that it could not prove its exclusive possession of the land, that the existence of mosque was indisputable,,,,,,...
by SriKumar
10 Nov 2019 14:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion
Replies: 1043
Views: 83357

Re: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion

I think the thread should be kept alive for a few more weeks/months to deal with the aftermath of the landmark legal verdict. Here is a pdf of the judgement (downloadable) Da Uninanimous Judgement on Ayodhya Case https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article29929717.ece/Binary/JUD_2.pdf Also there ...
by SriKumar
10 Nov 2019 03:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion
Replies: 1043
Views: 83357

Re: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion

Regarding no Temple was destroye......All ASI is saying there was a structure, a non islamic structure. They specifically point out that Babri Masjid side started with saying Jamnastan Mosque/Tomb was built on virgin land. This has been proven false. Then they argued that there was an idgah/smaller...
by SriKumar
09 Nov 2019 18:27
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion
Replies: 1043
Views: 83357

Re: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion

Indeed the judgement felt more like a common-sensical (quasi-judicial) judgement (like a group of elders get together and want to make sure everyone happy/not pissed off at the end). The 5 acres was unnecessary, in my opinion. Feels like they wanted to give a consolation prize to the Muslims. The fa...
by SriKumar
09 Nov 2019 11:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion
Replies: 1043
Views: 83357

Re: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion

To me, this almost feels like a case where the Supreme Court of India's relevance was at stake more than the RJB judgement; and I think the honors had an inkling of that. If this judgement had gone any other way, SCI's crediblity, already under some question, would have suffered severely with about ...
by SriKumar
03 Nov 2019 18:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Ladakh Union Territory- 2019
Replies: 71
Views: 11491

Re: Ladakh Union Territory- 2019

Happened to the Jews in Europe. It appears that when a minority, following the laws of society laid down by the majority rises above that majority in terms of economic and intellectual wealth, it gets blamed for the 'misfortunes' of the society as a whole and becomes the target for retribution. Ano...
by SriKumar
03 Nov 2019 17:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Ladakh Union Territory- 2019
Replies: 71
Views: 11491

Re: Ladakh Union Territory- 2019

Lahore city had a Hindu-Sikh majority but Lahore district had a M majority. In Ladakh there will be a build-up but nothing will happen soon until Mission Kashmir on the Pak front is complete. The time for Aksai Chin has not come. Yep. But 80% of the property was owned and managed by non muslims. . ...
by SriKumar
01 Nov 2019 18:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 4999
Views: 961948

Re: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion

I think while your individual data points are fine, generalizing them across the entire domain is unnecessary, and leads to 'WhatWuzDat?!' moments. As for the software development you are talking about above, it has nothing to do with IT (Bangalore/Hyd will not be able to help). It is usually the do...
by SriKumar
31 Oct 2019 15:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 2904
Views: 491673

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

it appears as if the cables are cosmetic. more pix here https://www.facebook.com/developingPak/ ... =3&theater

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by SriKumar
31 Oct 2019 09:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11986
Views: 929440

Re: Levant crisis - III

Interesting snippet. The blast that leveled the Bag-daddy compound was a US bomb that was launched *****AFTER****** Bag-daddy was confirmed dead. Wipe out the evidence? If you read the sequence of events, they blew holes into walls to get in. So there were walls standing when they went in. The flat...
by SriKumar
09 Oct 2019 22:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Canada, Mexico and South America: News and Discussion
Replies: 849
Views: 92749

Re: India-Canada, Mexico and South America: News and Discussion

Looks like he was trying to look like an Arab, or more likely an Indian. Notice the turban on his head. Some in the picture look like they were students at Point Grey academy. He's getting a tad grabby with one of them...the school was upto 12th grade, which likely makes some of the students minors.
by SriKumar
09 Oct 2019 20:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3493
Views: 358077

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

LBS does count as a great in my book. He took over after Nehru who died after the China war humiliation. India was in a bad shape due the war and the need to urgently raise new divisions to fight an aggressive CHina- who showed they could come into Assam at will. China threat loomed large at that t...
by SriKumar
08 Oct 2019 08:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3493
Views: 358077

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

LBS does count as a great in my book. He took over after Nehru who died after the China war humiliation. India was in a bad shape due the war and the need to urgently raise new divisions to fight an aggressive CHina- who showed they could come into Assam at will. China threat loomed large at that ti...
by SriKumar
23 Sep 2019 00:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 2180
Views: 256826

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

The speed at which it was travelling didn't give moon lander a chance: Expert https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/science/the-speed-at-which-it-was-travelling-didnt-give-moon-lander-a-chance-expert/articleshow/71234359.cms Forget his political comments, his technical comments are all over the...
by SriKumar
21 Sep 2019 05:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1459
Views: 416705

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

No kament...... For phull video, please to dekho this link (this was during chunaav: phir ek baar, Modi sarkaar). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om4pUjwVPx8 START from 16:30 onwards for the entire takeoff including a close shave flight over the bridge (still recall being pissed off how close the da...
by SriKumar
15 Sep 2019 21:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 412
Views: 107779

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

Mechanical objects fail, sometimes unexpectedly.
by SriKumar
15 Sep 2019 21:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 412
Views: 107779

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

Good point. The cable spans then entire width of the runway. And if it snaps at the other end, the cable seems long enough to reach around the building they are standing behind. As a point of fact, this can happen in future; and more likely to happen, as repeated trials are done and wear out the cab...
by SriKumar
14 Sep 2019 21:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 2180
Views: 256826

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

For the next CY mission they must have another method to monitor craft velocity (via radar or other means, from orbiter) and orientation etc. In fact a synthetic aperture radar does exist on this orbiter, and seems quite powerful, but not sure if it was pointed at Vikram during landing. The landing ...
by SriKumar
14 Sep 2019 07:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 2180
Views: 256826

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

The plot posted by chetak above (from tammojan's twitter) shows that telemetry was lost once at 20:19:15 (or thereabouts). One can see the large gap in the signal rate. The telemetry came back, only to be lost permanently at 20:20:00. In looking at the instrumentation on the orbiter, it has 2-band r...
by SriKumar
13 Sep 2019 05:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 2180
Views: 256826

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

Gee! Interest dropped faster than the term "Kashmir" from the news. Sep. 15 is still far away. Well, no new information means no new material to chew on and dissect. Couple of unrelated general comments: 1 Considering that the lander maintained its telemetry lock (with Orbiter? DNS-Madrid...
by SriKumar
12 Sep 2019 07:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 2180
Views: 256826

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

1. The x-axis in the plot by Amber.G is min:sec. If you look at the leftmost point, it is 19:55. At the next gradation, it becomes 20:00; and the next is 20:05. The only way this is possible with all the gradations on the x-axis being equally wide is if the xy in 19:xy is in seconds. (Added later: i...
by SriKumar
11 Sep 2019 04:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 2180
Views: 256826

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

BTW, This is what I wanted to ask: Given that ISRO seems to be really busy, could it be that all those ppl sitting in Mission Control are permanent full-time Mission Controllers? :eek: Like Air Traffic Controllers? I thought they were rocket-scientists pulled out of the machine shop, lorry pool, ca...
by SriKumar
08 Sep 2019 19:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 2180
Views: 256826

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

A final note on the velocities from this video that Gagan had linked. THe graphs at 3:00 onwards is actual test data (albeit limited accuracy- one has to extraploate manually from the very grainy graph). https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=8&v=rXbJLhMb8aE In looking at the altitude, and ...
by SriKumar
08 Sep 2019 00:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 2180
Views: 256826

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

PrannoyRoyNDTV I agree. It’s absolutely sick. Yes, Pallava made a mistake, a terrible rude mistake and NDTV has said so. Pallava has apologised - sincerely. He has apologised to NDTV too. That’s it. Pallava has done more for ISRO & India’s science than all the ghastly trolls put together. https...
by SriKumar
07 Sep 2019 22:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 2180
Views: 256826

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

Orbiter main Camera has a 30 cm resolution. Vikram has a 2 m diameter. They should be able to spot it. If Vikram ran into a small hillock, then it could damage and roll down the slope of the hillock, damaging its antenna But one thruster failed / performed suboptimally, and software caused the othe...
by SriKumar
07 Sep 2019 22:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 2180
Views: 256826

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

Yep, we can hope for the best. Maybe it decelerated enough, and maybe the problem is just that the communication is gone. If it is the latter, then the rover is useless anyway (unless some future mission somehow recovers it and gets to analyze its stored data). But it would have proved a point abou...
by SriKumar
07 Sep 2019 20:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 2180
Views: 256826

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

The final moments of Vikram Lander: The graph deviates at 2:17 seconds. At 2:42, Vikram is nearly inverted !!! It recovers, then over corrects !!! It tumbled at the critical juncture when soft landing phase was started. This indicates perhaps that one engine shut off later than the other, causing a...
by SriKumar
07 Sep 2019 07:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 2180
Views: 256826

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

Clearly communication was not lost at 2.1 km. The track of the lander was broadcast live upto about 300 m above the surface. There is public domain data of altitude and range well below 2.1 km altitude in the video linked by gagan. What I remember hearing from ISRO's chairman - - All things were no...
by SriKumar
07 Sep 2019 05:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 2180
Views: 256826

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

Clearly communication was not lost at 2.1 km. The track of the lander was broadcast live upto about 300 m above the surface. There is public domain data of altitude and range well below 2.1 km altitude in the video linked by gagan.
by SriKumar
07 Sep 2019 05:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 2180
Views: 256826

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

All that is knows is that there is a comms cut off. Since there is no atmosphere of any significance, and thus no winds, and gravity 1/6 of earth, the cloud of dust will just hang out in that area, until it gradually settles. Since there is practically no atmosphere, the dust cloud will settle imme...
by SriKumar
06 Sep 2019 06:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 2180
Views: 256826

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

From Nair's interview it appears there will be real-time pictures during the descent and landing. But would it be broadcast to the world soon? There is no doubt that the landing will be recorded, broadcast (to the orbiter) and stored, and then broadcast to earth. Not just visuals but all other data...
by SriKumar
06 Sep 2019 06:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 2180
Views: 256826

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

https://www.firstpost.com/tech/science/chandrayaan-2-is-a-very-very-complex-operation-says-isro-ex-chief-madhavan-nair-7280851.html On-board cameras will be mapping the terrain, sending the pictures to us. Then we will have to select the appropriate location and see that in the exact location it de...
by SriKumar
02 Sep 2019 21:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 2972
Views: 409897

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

^^^ I really meant people in India who still push for opening sports and cultural ties, and talk about 'dont mix politics and sports' (I heard this phrase literally from one guy, many moons ago), or those who maintain that 'at the end of day, all of us are the same'. I have to be frank....it was a b...
by SriKumar
02 Sep 2019 21:05
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 2972
Views: 409897

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

And the Buffoon Du Jour: Former Pakistan cricketer Javed Miandad threatening India while holding a sword: Pehle main balle se chakka marta tha, ab talwar se insaan maaronga (If I can hit six with a bat, why can't I swing sword.. I used to hit sixes with bat, now I'll kill humans with sword)... The ...

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