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by vera_k
04 Sep 2019 10:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 1877
Views: 226807

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

^ If 10,000 strong crowds attack the place, it cannot be secured by a few soldiers. Indian embassy in Afghanistan has a high terror threat, and looks like London might be a soft target. US embassy in London had to be moved for similar reasons because of the threat profile. It won't be quick or cheap...
by vera_k
04 Sep 2019 08:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 1877
Views: 226807

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

If CRPF has be deployed in London, the Indian embassy will have to be relocated to a compound like the US embassy was.
by vera_k
28 Aug 2019 20:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 1877
Views: 226807

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

Yagnasri wrote:This idea of blaming RSS and its pariwar organisations for 1984 is the recent ploy of INC gangs.


Not that recent. The first I saw this was in a Human Rights Watch report ~2006 during the UPA-1 days. I think it started as part of the effort to club rioting with BJP after 2002.
by vera_k
22 Aug 2019 18:42
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 3744
Views: 677185

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Some detail on the Parle story from yesterday - Slowdown in certain sectors limit job options increase in GST did not go down well with consumers of low-priced biscuits (under Rs 100 per kg). The new GST regime clubbed biscuits in this segment ( earlier exempt from excise duty ) with those priced ab...
by vera_k
21 Aug 2019 20:21
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 3744
Views: 677185

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

The main problem is they are all forced to pay the tax now while earlier they all used to escape paying a not even half of the tax. The model of not paying the taxes and keeping that money as un accounted profit is no longer viable. That is the reason many units are facing very low profits etc. Sam...
by vera_k
20 Aug 2019 09:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Interests_2
Replies: 116
Views: 24149

Re: Indian Interests_2

A young Indian couple married for love. Then the bride’s father hired assassins

Painful reading, with this tidbit -

A 2017 study found that just 5.8 percent of Indian marriages are between people of different castes, a rate that has changed little in four decades.
by vera_k
19 Aug 2019 02:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 4863
Views: 911815

Re: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion

About the lament that there is no flight testing happening, the old version of Kaveri seems to be a tech demo if it is truly not linked to the LCA. In that case, not much value in flight certifying a TD is there? On the other hand, there is some time to go before the 110-125KN version for the AMCA i...
by vera_k
17 Aug 2019 18:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 3090
Views: 345085

Re: Understanding the US - Again

^ Last offer was 100 million in 1946. Also news to me that the US Virgin Islands were similarly purchased from Denmark.
by vera_k
16 Aug 2019 10:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 1877
Views: 226807

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

This is a good opportunity to start lobbying for permanent membership in UNSC, which honestly folks in the future will wonder why it wasn't given to us in the first place! Permanent membership requires taking care of Pakistan to remove the challenger. China got permanent membership after it elimina...
by vera_k
16 Aug 2019 10:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 1877
Views: 226807

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

This is a good opportunity to start lobbying for permanent membership in UNSC, which honestly folks in the future will wonder why it wasn't given to us in the first place! Catch-22. Permanent membership requires taking care of Pakistan to remove the challenger. China got permanent membership after ...
by vera_k
16 Aug 2019 10:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 1877
Views: 226807

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

Well, if thinking strategically, then India has to subsume Pakistan. UN or not doesn't enter the picture, just like the League of Nations did not stand in the way. The UN is a useful body to buy time, that's all.
by vera_k
16 Aug 2019 04:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 1877
Views: 226807

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

Seeing that the USA is considering purchasing Greenland, maybe time is right to float an initial bid for POJK.
by vera_k
16 Aug 2019 04:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 3090
Views: 345085

Re: Understanding the US - Again

President Trump eyes purchase of Greenland from Denmark

Mr. Trump has, with varying degrees of seriousness, repeatedly expressed interest in buying the ice-covered autonomous Danish territory between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans


his advisers have supported the concept
by vera_k
03 Aug 2019 17:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 1920
Views: 211859

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Govt to prepare NPR to lay foundation for pan-India NRC

The objective of the NPR is to create a comprehensive identity database of every usual resident in the country.


Waste of money given Aadhar is meant to achieve this very goal. Has Aadhar failed so badly that it needs to be replaced already?
by vera_k
30 Jul 2019 19:34
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Urban Development and Public Policy Discussion
Replies: 475
Views: 55338

Re: Indian Urban Development and Public Policy Discussion

Metro on pillars need not be a permanent state of affairs. If the metro system is successful, a future generation 50 years hence can knock down the pillars and put the same metro lines underground.
by vera_k
19 Jul 2019 13:33
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 3744
Views: 677185

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

^ I found a web form to report them to state GST department. However it needs a local mobile phone, and cannot be done with just Aadhar or PAN card. Will do so once I get a local number. Hate to say it, but longer term solution may have to be to reduce paper notes and switch to coins. This is also a...
by vera_k
19 Jul 2019 08:32
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 3744
Views: 677185

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

In India for a wedding, and the service provider is back to operating with payments made 70 white/30 black.

How does the GST help here, and can I issue something like a 1099 to the service provider so the IRS knows the full amount paid?
by vera_k
24 Jun 2019 03:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 3090
Views: 345085

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Opinion in the WSJ advocating for a Trump+Haley ticket. Search via Google to get around pay wall.

Trump-Haley in 2020
by vera_k
30 May 2019 08:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections : Results Discussion
Replies: 2982
Views: 112380

Re: 2019 General Elections : Results Discussion

That Project Shakti article is quite illuminating. Rahul Gandhi would have benefited from trying and losing a slogan based campaign in college.

Curiously, the periodic articles about Varun Gandhi taking over Congress have not made an appearance since the results were declared.
by vera_k
28 May 2019 03:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Structural Reforms Milestones post 2019 Elections
Replies: 73
Views: 8052

Re: Structural Reforms Milestones post 2019 Elections

The fact that some of the new colleges are in newly urbanizing places is not an excuse for doing nothing. The same tactics used to get candidates for hardship postings like any job in India or China can be used to recruit people. Its probably easier if Indian nationals are recruited since at least a...
by vera_k
28 May 2019 01:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections : Results Discussion
Replies: 2982
Views: 112380

Re: 2019 General Elections : Results Discussion

Stars might be aligning for Antony. Seems self-made unlike the other two candidates mentioned.
by vera_k
27 May 2019 06:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Structural Reforms Milestones post 2019 Elections
Replies: 73
Views: 8052

Re: Structural Reforms Milestones post 2019 Elections

Education

Universal Secondary Education (up to 12th)
Add new IIT, IIM and AIIMS in response to increase in reserved seats
by vera_k
25 May 2019 10:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections : Results Discussion
Replies: 2982
Views: 112380

Re: 2019 General Elections : Results Discussion

^ That is great news if true. Need to sort out the local production to fight a war like a major power would. Set up continuous delivery of ordnance from the factories to our western neighbor.
by vera_k
24 May 2019 08:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K News and Discussion - 2016
Replies: 3305
Views: 579899

Re: J&K News and Discussion - 2016

In Kashmir, Indian Democracy Loses Ground to Millennial Militancy

In the village of Dogripora, the first weekend of May began with a militant’s funeral and ended with a historic election.
by vera_k
24 May 2019 06:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections : Results Discussion
Replies: 2982
Views: 112380

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

I still haven't heard a reasonable non conspiratorial analysis on why the family still dominates and why there has been no Coo against them. It's clear they can't win elections. It's clear Rahul Gandhi has no political abilities whatsoever. Why are they still on top? There have been several breakaw...
by vera_k
23 May 2019 21:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections : Results Discussion
Replies: 2982
Views: 112380

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Thoughts on Andhra and Telangana: Look at BJP polling % in Andhra. The cunning Naidu lost but looks like he did enough damage to BJP by all the venom he was spouting. This will take time to recover. Not sure this is the correct interpretation. Praveen Patil tweeted that Amit Shah dislikes Naidu and...
by vera_k
23 May 2019 08:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections : Results Discussion
Replies: 2982
Views: 112380

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

India Today shows INC at 34. RaGa is a star if this trend holds.
by vera_k
22 May 2019 22:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 509910

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

I was a bit puzzled at Nitish Kumar statement about not supporting A370 or UCC modifications. But then saw this site predicting the NDA will cross the 2/3rd mark. So lots of positioning under way right now.
by vera_k
20 May 2019 23:27
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 509910

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

^ They are private universities where seats are available for sale at high prices. Anyone can attend provided the price is paid. Hopefully IRS is taking note of foreign degrees and sending source of income inquiries. Should also add that at least Harvard uses a Dean's Interest List to target recruit...
by vera_k
19 May 2019 23:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 509910

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

If INC is getting 77-108, there is a RG wave. Congress mukt Bharat seems further away :((
by vera_k
17 May 2019 10:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 509910

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

I feel the dueling statements about Godse with one side calling him a terrorist and the other calling him a patriot are just each side rallying their supporters. There is no reason to read anything more into it.
by vera_k
06 May 2019 08:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 509910

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

^ Context is important of course. But I'm curious. Do we have evidence of Rajiv Gandhi denouncing the riots?
by vera_k
26 Apr 2019 11:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion- Post PM appointment crisis
Replies: 913
Views: 40338

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Why should we be so quick to dump on our folks, given that they seem to have done a phenomenal job in tracking this and coordinating with SL ( its just SL authorities failed to take heed)? I didn't see anywhere that India issued a travel warning prior to the initial attack. If one was issued, and p...
by vera_k
26 Apr 2019 07:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion- Post PM appointment crisis
Replies: 913
Views: 40338

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

UK foreign office puts out immediate threat warning for Sri Lanka, that terrorists are “very likely” to carry out more attacks Good on them. Better late than never. Looks like India MEA was asleep on the job to not issue a warning. Or maybe gap exists in Indian intelligence process that MEA is not ...
by vera_k
25 Apr 2019 23:22
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion
Replies: 5105
Views: 753064

Re: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion

IAF wants more “technological asymmetry” to be able to “penetrate the enemy airspace at will” For this to happen as a matter of course, I'll say more deep rooted changes need to happen. There's not much incentive to otherwise spend on defense R&D given massive unmet social sector needs. A coupl...
by vera_k
18 Apr 2019 09:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 509910

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

ramana wrote:Lost in all this din is Mukesh Ambani seeking KSA investment in his refinery business. $15B for 25% stake.
He wants $20B.


Looks like a good move. That business is headed to 0 given the transition to clean energy.
by vera_k
14 Apr 2019 01:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 509910

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

If Maharashtra doesn't fetch seats the same as last time, BJP is in trouble. I'm not sure if Fadnis did much in regards to farmers. In MH areas, North of Telagana, might have same farmer troubles as in T. Marathas, which are a significant caste group in MH were classified as backward per their dema...
by vera_k
04 Apr 2019 09:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian ASAT Test
Replies: 868
Views: 110193

Re: Indian ASAT Test

ramana wrote:Disha, Think deeper and don't go by polemics. NASA bleating might have some other message.


I think NASA is confirming hit to kill capability for India. This was previously in doubt, and there was some talk of US sales to India to add that capability.

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