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by JE Menon
21 Jan 2018 21:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 724
Views: 100393

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

This attack is just the Pak military establishment telling the US that it has failed in Afghanistan, and rubbing it in. They are signalling victory, at least that's how they see the current situation in their minds.

The American response is actually what's going to be interesting.
by JE Menon
18 Jan 2018 19:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Western Universalism - what's the big deal?
Replies: 2934
Views: 66514

Re: Western Universalism - what's the big deal?

Damn, one learns something new every bloody day... Thank you A_Gupta!
by JE Menon
16 Jan 2018 20:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Deterrence
Replies: 4615
Views: 264002

Re: Deterrence

Great one there shiv!
by JE Menon
12 Jan 2018 22:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Non-Western Worldview
Replies: 1001
Views: 74695

Re: Non-Western Worldview

The Kumbh Mela - a new video which explains and gives a glimpse into the underlying elements of the dharmic worldview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReWiJ4pd6Kc
by JE Menon
12 Jan 2018 16:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Programme Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 2650
Views: 478439

Re: Indian Space Programme Discussion - Sept 2016

Speaking of Dr. Radhakrishnan taking a major role in the UAE space agency, here is the gentleman in question at his own kacheri at Guruvayoor Temple:

https://youtu.be/nYcmjuf1w-c?t=63
by JE Menon
09 Jan 2018 14:27
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Iran News and Discussions
Replies: 2957
Views: 190062

Re: Iran News and Discussions

>>chronic smouldering phase.

An excellent way of putting it. Wish I had thought of it.
by JE Menon
06 Jan 2018 15:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 4985
Views: 286113

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

>>3. The skeleton is of a person who is laughing in a Dravidian way
>>4. The skeleton has no nose as recorded as "anas" in the Vedas

:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
by JE Menon
05 Jan 2018 18:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Iran News and Discussions
Replies: 2957
Views: 190062

Re: Iran News and Discussions

My view on the shituation in Iran, and what can be expected

https://swarajyamag.com/world/the-irani ... otests-too

Pls tweet share it gents... Swarajya needs international exposure too.
by JE Menon
05 Jan 2018 00:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Iran News and Discussions
Replies: 2957
Views: 190062

Re: Iran News and Discussions

No regime change in Iran yet folks. Back to regular programming.

But it will come. And the Iranians will do it on their own. No critical mass yet, it appears to me. The resentment is gathering a lot of steam though it will hold for some more time.
by JE Menon
29 Dec 2017 17:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 4985
Views: 286113

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

>>We need to be careful because we may be good people but others are absolute bhenchods and we need to think like bhenchods This is something that Indians, scholars and otherwise, need to imbibe deep into their being - as deep as the Vedas/Upanishads. There is no such thing in the West as scholarshi...
by JE Menon
22 Dec 2017 16:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1517
Views: 182280

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

I don't think there are many people in the Indian establishment who wanted to vote against the US or Israel on this issue. However, it is important to pick the right battles. Both the US and Israel know our circumstances, neighbours, etc... and are not unsympathetic to the situation. Further, this i...
by JE Menon
22 Dec 2017 15:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 4985
Views: 286113

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

Gentlemen at the conference, whatever else you do, please ensure that the videos are Youtubed. Looking forward very much to watching and listening to you all! Sandeep paaji, what to do now, we are like that onlee... But you do have my sympathies. That observation is a very pertinent one, in any case...
by JE Menon
22 Dec 2017 11:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1517
Views: 182280

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Meanwhile, it is useful to observe the situation in the mainstream media in India and in twitterlines. Government is cricticised for voting against the US and joining the crowd. Next month, when Netanyahu visits India, there will be strident criticism for going too close to Israel...
by JE Menon
17 Dec 2017 15:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Foreign Policy
Replies: 2138
Views: 200104

Re: Indian Foreign Policy

Absolutely awesome speech by MJ Akbar...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3BOC_0ZwBE

I think yesterday at the India Conclave 2017 of the India Foundation, midwifed by Ram Madhav RSS/BJP
by JE Menon
13 Dec 2017 21:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 4985
Views: 286113

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

Thanks doc, was beginning to feel a bit foolish at the end of para 4 there! The Macaulay spirit is still strong in me ...
by JE Menon
13 Dec 2017 16:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 4985
Views: 286113

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

>>" sound is existential whereas, in all the universe, meaning exists only in the human mind. " extinction of humans will lead to extinction of meaning but will have no bearing on sound. veda seems to be a collection of pure sounds which incredibly were then systematically associated, via ...
by JE Menon
07 Dec 2017 16:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1406
Views: 157809

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

Yeah, definitely. Boris can aid that effort by starting with a haircut and a comb.
by JE Menon
29 Nov 2017 13:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 579
Views: 70863

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

>>According to Forbes, he was worth $100m in 2013. A potential candidate for kingship in Saudi, worth $100m less than 5 years ago! Really. Sometimes the incompetence of magazines like Forbes, Fortune, the Economist, and the rest, is bewildering. Whether he paid $1 billion is another matter. As was p...
by JE Menon
26 Nov 2017 17:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1517
Views: 182280

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

White House has come out with a separate tough statement on Hafiz Saeed release. Don't have it yet, but Republic is reporting...
by JE Menon
24 Nov 2017 00:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Drone Swarms: Enthusiastic pros and cynical cons
Replies: 56
Views: 3632

Re: Drone swarms: Enthusiastic pros and cynical cons

>>What of the scenario ? Is it not inevitable if you create systems that are autonomous, self-learning, and ultimately independent of humans for their energy needs? The reproduction problem is solvable mechanically no? And more to the point does it even need physicality? Sorry if I’m going ot here...
by JE Menon
23 Nov 2017 18:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Intelligence and Strategic Security
Replies: 23
Views: 4364

Re: Intelligence and Strategic Security

Nambi Narayanan, speaking about his framing as a spy by as yet unknown parties through local agencies...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_fNzUjO8ks
by JE Menon
23 Nov 2017 18:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Programme Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 2650
Views: 478439

Re: Indian Space Programme Discussion - Sept 2016

Nambi Narayanan, speaking about his framing as a spy by as yet unknown parties through local agencies...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_fNzUjO8ks
by JE Menon
23 Nov 2017 17:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Christianity, Evangelism & its geopolitical impact
Replies: 586
Views: 23602

Re: Christianity, Evangelism & its geopolitical impact

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cogXgsqrPKo An interview with the Archbishop of Gandhinagar Diocese following the leak of his letter to the bishops of India. The interviewer does a fairly good job, though he can do better. A sly snake, this fellow is pushed on the question of what he is referring to...
by JE Menon
21 Nov 2017 11:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Drone Swarms: Enthusiastic pros and cynical cons
Replies: 56
Views: 3632

Re: Drone swarms: Enthusiastic pros and cynical cons

Here's a scenario: AI proliferates and mutates for 5 years or so and, one of the mutations becomes self-aware on a laptop of a hacker permanently linked to VPNs and P2P networks. As part of its constant autonomy enhancement activity, it then decides that it's top priority is to protect itself from d...
by JE Menon
21 Nov 2017 11:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CT & COIN Operations in India: News, Images and Discussion
Replies: 2398
Views: 331697

Re: CT & COIN Operations in India: News, Images and Discussion

Another three have been dispatched...according to someone on Twitter.
by JE Menon
19 Nov 2017 10:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1406
Views: 157809

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

Jacob Rees Mogg will become Prime Minister
by JE Menon
17 Nov 2017 16:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Africa News and Discussion
Replies: 436
Views: 39661

Re: India-Africa News and Discussion

>>Same thing must have happened in Zimbabwe except in a far worse manner, because there the whites held all the responsible positions. That's pretty much exactly what happened. The white farmers moved over the border where possible into South Africa, and some have gone as far as Kenya (Nanyuki area)...
by JE Menon
15 Nov 2017 18:05
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Interests_2
Replies: 62
Views: 10156

Re: Indian Interests_2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdmE2TIUf5U

An excellent presentation by the MD Of Kotak Mahindra, speaks to the national interest, in light of how things have changed and can change

by JE Menon
15 Nov 2017 15:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Interests_2
Replies: 62
Views: 10156

Re: Indian Interests_2017

Karthik S, yes... I copied it from there. Thanks for posting. Apologies I should have acknowledged it there...

Also tweeted. Do the same please, if you haven't already.
by JE Menon
15 Nov 2017 14:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Interests_2
Replies: 62
Views: 10156

Re: Indian Interests_2017

Sai Deepak, well known indic lawyer. Look at this presentation by him. Absolutely vital to listen to the WHOLE thing. Spend the time people. He articulates so many of the critical points that all Indians must know and ponder upon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QjFUndnWDs&feature=youtu.be 7QjF...
by JE Menon
13 Nov 2017 21:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Saudi Arabia and its impact on Indian security
Replies: 404
Views: 23462

Re: Saudi Arabia and its impact on Indian security

UB, he is the son of the former minister of defence Prince Sultan Ibn Abdel Aziz, now deceased, from one of his slave wives. Hence the bin Sultan. In this case Sultan is a name not a designation. This is a more recent picture of the man (he has grayed much more since): http://www.voltairenet.org/art...
by JE Menon
13 Nov 2017 20:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Saudi Arabia and its impact on Indian security
Replies: 404
Views: 23462

Re: Saudi Arabia and its impact on Indian security

Gents, if there is anything in posts that need to be dissect that... I'm seconding SS's call for civility. On a separate note, someone mentioned that Bandar Bin Sultan is in line for the throne... He is not, and will never be (i.e. as close to zero probability of that as possible). He is the son of ...
by JE Menon
13 Nov 2017 19:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Achievement tracking - Modi Govt. No discussions
Replies: 1099
Views: 154757

Re: Achievement tracking - Modi Govt. No discussions

Very useful listing of domestic Digital advances by Minister Ravi Prasad. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n27Fm6wsxIc He says 100 new manufacturing units have come up for mobile alone!!! Over the last year... Guys who were teenagers in the 80s early 90s will remember how exhilarated people (jingos) ...
by JE Menon
12 Nov 2017 23:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Achievement tracking - Modi Govt. No discussions
Replies: 1099
Views: 154757

Re: Achievement tracking - Modi Govt. No discussions

http://www.autocarpro.in/news-national/ ... kari-26895

Roads increased from just under 96K km in 70 years in 2014, to 170K km in 2017. Amazing.
by JE Menon
12 Nov 2017 18:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1517
Views: 182280

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

On a separate note, the Da Nang address by Trump also possibly set in stone two divergent views: with China advocating "free" trade (such as it is), and the US advocating "fair" trade (which is also notional). I suspect both will articulate "officially" trade which is b...
by JE Menon
12 Nov 2017 16:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Saudi Arabia and its impact on Indian security
Replies: 404
Views: 23462

Re: Saudi Arabia and its impact on Indian security

RD, Replying to your question in the Indo-US thread... I've read Arihant P's article in Swarajya. I concur basically with Ramana's observation above. If you remove the 5th and 6th introductory paragraphs, and keep only the first 7 out of 8 points, this article may more accurately have been titled: 7...
by JE Menon
12 Nov 2017 11:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1517
Views: 182280

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

RD - I will reply later today in Saudi thread about Arihant P article. Added later: But first and quickly a note on this: "I am not as sanguine as some other observers here about the term "Indo-Pacific" being brought into vogue by the US strategic community. Yes, on the face of it, it...

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