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by vera_k
24 Jun 2019 03:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2903
Views: 298431

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: 94307

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: 7375

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: 94307

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: 7375

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: 94307

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: 2510
Views: 462026

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: 94307

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: 94307

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: 94307

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: 472320

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: 472320

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: 472320

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: 472320

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: 472320

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: 910
Views: 32792

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: 910
Views: 32792

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 & History Forum
Topic: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion
Replies: 4859
Views: 655615

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: 472320

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: 472320

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: 105165

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.
by vera_k
03 Apr 2019 07:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian ASAT Test
Replies: 868
Views: 105165

Re: Indian ASAT Test

India still has long way to go on ensuring space security: US experts " If Pakistan starts hitting Indian satellites :lol:, India can knock out Pakistan's very few satellites. China can knock out all of India's satellites whereas India cannot do the same to China. More to the point, India only...
by vera_k
02 Apr 2019 08:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2903
Views: 298431

Re: Understanding the US - Again

At least Atlas Shrugged is available to watch for free on Prime.
by vera_k
30 Mar 2019 08:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 1295
Views: 300736

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

gaurav.p wrote:From Modi's 'address to the nation' was required for telling an ASAT test. I don't think so.


This would be correct if the authority to proceed had been delegated down to other government officials. If it required a policy decision by the PM, it is good that it is transparently acknowledged as such.
by vera_k
28 Mar 2019 00:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2903
Views: 298431

Re: Understanding the US - Again

The Comey investigation and Mueller report triggered my Paki RWR a long time ago. As in everything is a YYY conspiracy and the average citizen is an idiot for not comprehending this eternal truth. I'm sure others with experience debating Pakis/Communists have the same reaction.
by vera_k
26 Mar 2019 00:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2903
Views: 298431

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Well since there was no deduction previously, how does it hurt? Its not as good as it could have been, but hard to see how it hurts.
by vera_k
25 Mar 2019 20:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2903
Views: 298431

Re: Understanding the US - Again

^ Its' a unsubtle hint to start a business rather than keep working at a 9-5. AMT limit is higher now, so that should help in some years.
by vera_k
18 Mar 2019 09:48
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Autos Thread -2
Replies: 505
Views: 67893

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

^ That's great news. Although EVs are still in a false dawn, the Kona EV is a great car and hard to find in stock in the USA. Wonder if this plant will export cars to North America as well.
by vera_k
18 Feb 2019 23:56
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Pulwama Attack
Replies: 2282
Views: 169244

Re: Pulwama Attack

Was talking to a friend, and civilian life appears to be pretty normal. No obvious civil defense preparations for any big time escalation. Neither siren drills nor potassium iodide distribution is under way.
by vera_k
17 Feb 2019 00:37
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Pulwama Attack
Replies: 2282
Views: 169244

Re: Pulwama Attack

UlanBatori wrote:ATM! Is NaMo REALLY going to do what I think he is about to do - coordinate an attack against Paki power in Balochistan with the Iranians? And keep that up until PA is out of Balochistan?


Would say this is unlikely. Without a land corridor to Afghanistan, it does not solve the AfPak problem.
by vera_k
14 Feb 2019 23:29
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Pulwama Attack
Replies: 2282
Views: 169244

Re: Pulwama Attack

Unfortunately, with the USA getting ready to leave Afghanistan, time has run out. Attacks will only increase from here on out as resources are freed up in Afghanistan.
by vera_k
08 Feb 2019 07:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2303
Views: 326249

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

this one says 450K undocumented, and 23K "Dreamers" ..but doing a sooth asia thing clubbing pakis as well. I know this is different as none of these are naturalized, but it's a significant number that we "documented" folks just ignore. https://www.thehindu.com/news/international...
by vera_k
07 Feb 2019 08:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2903
Views: 298431

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Abortion as a cultural issue has gone off the deep end too. Forget Roe vs. Wade and what the Supreme Court might do... Ralph Northam should be remembered for advocating the slaughtering of deformed babies "If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be de...
by vera_k
04 Feb 2019 03:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2303
Views: 326249

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

^ Well, the fake university was set up during the Obama admin. Crackdown on visas started after 9/11 when some students flew planes into buildings.
by vera_k
03 Feb 2019 22:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2303
Views: 326249

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

online in nature (IIRC, F1 students cannot take online based courses...should be a physical classroom based courses), with very liberal exam practices and thus for most part freeing up the "student" to search for jobs & attend interviews. It's more nuanced than that. There isn't a bla...
by vera_k
29 Jan 2019 22:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 2101
Views: 287395

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

But the fact is that we are beneficiaries of Unkil doing the dirty jobs, so undermining Unkil is not a good idea... Could you elaborate on this please. I tried to think but didn't get any reasons as to why we are beneficiaries of unkil. Aside from what's said already, the Taliban have been kept bus...
by vera_k
24 Jan 2019 23:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2903
Views: 298431

Re: Understanding the US - Again

well from another couple of weeks time the courts and the FBI will start to be severely impacted... now that might be fun! Well, the conspiracy theorist in me thinks the FBI being shut down might be welcome for this administration. Commentary in the WSJ today about how the FBI overlooked Obama's Ir...
by vera_k
24 Jan 2019 21:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2903
Views: 298431

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Looks like the shutdown will be resolved by Memorial Day.

Trump admin planning for even longer shutdown

House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told agency leaders he wants to know what high-impact programs would be jeopardized if the shutdown lasts into March or even April
by vera_k
22 Jan 2019 08:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2903
Views: 298431

Re: Understanding the US - Again

There is a ton of direct democracy due to the initiative and referendum process. If anything, this has reduced the importance and power of elected representatives. Election turnout rates below 50% (sometimes near 40%) indicate people don't generally disagree with the direction government is going in.

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