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by Ashok Sarraff
11 Jun 2013 21:23
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Narendra Modi vs the Dynasty: Contrasting Ideas of India
Replies: 40185
Views: 1008499

Re: Narendra Modi vs the Dynasty: Contrasting Ideas of India

NaMo is to India what Obama was to the US in 2008. Hope and Change. I mentioned exactly the same thing to a Chinese colleague of mine a few days ago. But I added a caveate. Obama is/was an elite while Modi emerged from dirt. In that sense, the emergence of Modi is a more powerful story. And I also ...
by Ashok Sarraff
11 Jun 2013 20:41
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Narendra Modi vs the Dynasty: Contrasting Ideas of India
Replies: 40185
Views: 1008499

Re: Narendra Modi vs the Dynasty: Contrasting Ideas of India

A concern about Modi's personal security that I and others raised earlier. Recent rallies and pictures show how easy it is for general people to get very close to him. With increased cross-country campaigning, threats to his personal safety increase manifold. Who in the government evaluates possible...
by Ashok Sarraff
03 Jun 2013 22:03
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections
Replies: 20723
Views: 516591

Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Yogesh wrote:no way I am losing it..but smtps are disabled I can't send the effing thing on my personal id. will see how I can bypass the IED led out by IT (banking jobs are sometimes weird..) !


Did you consider (color) printing it and scanning/hosting on a website?
by Ashok Sarraff
03 Jun 2013 18:14
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections
Replies: 20723
Views: 516591

Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

^ NOt true vivek. rao, the page opened fine for me. http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/nia-probe-reveals-four-congress-leaders-were-in-constant-touch-with-maoists/1/278133.html Can you retry on a different browser? I am getting 404 error and redirected to pagenotfound.jsp It's gone, saars! Everythi...
by Ashok Sarraff
31 May 2013 21:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Managing Chinese Threat
Replies: 5192
Views: 343149

Re: Managing Chinese Threat

I find a curious disconnect between Chinese individuals and Chinese government. I know dozens of Chinese men and women, and I find them to be one of the most polite, soft-spoken, humble, and simple people (especially the wimmens) on earth. On the other hand, Chinese goverment comes out to be a globa...
by Ashok Sarraff
30 May 2013 17:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan - May 13, 2013
Replies: 2850
Views: 75979

Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan - May 13, 2013

mango abduls getting lots of khujli on DNA being declared unislamic. See the comments section http://dawn.com/2013/05/30/rape-cases-cii-says-dna-data-not-acceptable-as-primary-evidence/ Why do some Paki Muslims want to go against the Prophet and the Holy Quran? As pious Paki Muslims, they should fo...
by Ashok Sarraff
28 May 2013 23:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Managing Chinese Threat
Replies: 5192
Views: 343149

Re: Managing Chinese Threat

My suggestions:

The Middle Emperors
The Little Emperors
The Middle Ones
The Little Middles
by Ashok Sarraff
24 May 2013 01:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan - May 13, 2013
Replies: 2850
Views: 75979

Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan - May 13, 2013

arun wrote: Tirmizi then says it is “a strictly utilitarian relationship in which Beijing uses Islamabad occasionally to scare the living daylights out of the United States and India to get what it wants in its negotiations with Washington and New Delhi, and then abandons Pakistan once that transact...
by Ashok Sarraff
16 Apr 2013 18:00
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections
Replies: 20723
Views: 516591

Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Shettar has good future and at least in LokSabha elections there is hope. Even in Karnataka and AP the people are supporting Modi for PM post. So come Parliament election BJP projecting Modi as PM should do very well in Karnataka and also in Telangana region of AP. I talked to two CS grad students ...
by Ashok Sarraff
21 Feb 2013 23:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Hyderabad Bomb Blast 2/21/13
Replies: 512
Views: 16083

Re: Hyderabad Bomb Blast 2/21/13

http://i.imgur.com/Cqi8rqA.png reminding that it is full of Butchers and belongs tooo.... < that community??> I guess she is trying to say, "butchers and meat eaters are generally Muslims, and Muslims don't kill Muslims, and therefore only Hindu Terrorists could have done this." Unfortuna...
by Ashok Sarraff
21 Feb 2013 00:25
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII
Replies: 856
Views: 49176

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Ordered on Amazon, delivery (promised) day after tomorrow. :-)
by Ashok Sarraff
29 Jan 2013 00:25
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections
Replies: 20723
Views: 516591

Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Re. LKA, I guess more than the PM, he wants to be a former-PM. That is, he wants to touch the summit that he probably believes he should have reached instead of ABV or immediately afterwards. I think he is smart enough to know that his age is not on his side, but he wants to touch the PM kursi just ...
by Ashok Sarraff
28 Dec 2012 21:31
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Narendra Modi vs the Dynasty: Contrasting Ideas of India
Replies: 40185
Views: 1008499

Re: Narendra Modi vs the Dynasty: Contrasting Ideas of India

Watch this video of Modi exiting from the stadium after oath-taking (see Part 2 , NOT Part 1, 1:20 min. onwards): http://indiatoday.intoday.in/video/narendra-modi-takes-oath-as-gujarat-chief-minister/1/239472.html Most Brf-ites will remember the below clip about Benazir Bhutto's assassination: http:...
by Ashok Sarraff
08 Dec 2010 09:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: People's Republic of China Nov 22, 2009
Replies: 3245
Views: 315104

Re: People's Republic of China Nov 22, 2009

The latest Economist talks about the 'The dangers of a rising China'

http://www.economist.com/node/17629709
by Ashok Sarraff
10 Jun 2010 00:22
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 567436

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

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by Ashok Sarraff
24 Mar 2010 21:01
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Distorted history- Causes, consequences, remedies
Replies: 4186
Views: 65073

Re: Distorted history- Causes, consequences, remedies

Chennai folks might be interested in this. The C.P. Ramaswami Foundation, located at 1 Eldams Road, Alwarpet, Chennai, is hosting the launch of Michel Danino’s book The Lost River: On the Trail of the Sarasvati on Friday 26th March at 10:30 AM. Michel (per his email) will be pleased if you or your f...
by Ashok Sarraff
06 Jan 2010 21:28
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: BR Forum Piskology Thread
Replies: 176
Views: 7644

Re: BR Forum Feedback

Mods, a serious suggestion. How about starting a new thread. It can be called one of the following: - Secularism khatarein mein hai (on BRF) - Secular corner (on BRF) - Secular rona dhona Only the born “seculars” and the born-again “seculars” should participate and moderate that thread. In other wor...
by Ashok Sarraff
06 Jan 2010 06:59
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: BR Forum Piskology Thread
Replies: 176
Views: 7644

Re: BR Forum Feedback

Arnab, You need to understand that pointing out that an Indian Muslim might share some cultural characteristics and preferences with Muslims in other countries is not the same as saying that all Indian Muslims are "traitors". The similarities may be miniscule and the affection may arise du...
by Ashok Sarraff
06 Jan 2010 06:24
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: BR Forum Piskology Thread
Replies: 176
Views: 7644

Re: BR Forum Feedback

Ashok Saraff would such a quote qualify? Or is this faux-secularism? Arnab, Is that all you could find? Where does the statement say that the concerned people are not part of the ground reality of India? Remember, that was the original statement. The people mentioned in the post are very much a par...
by Ashok Sarraff
06 Jan 2010 02:31
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: BR Forum Piskology Thread
Replies: 176
Views: 7644

Re: BR Forum Feedback

Was YS Rajshekahra Reddy an EJ? Or was he just a Christian who was in politics? And for that matter what is an EJ? Yet he has been called an EJ or surrounded by EJs, out to spread Christianity in AP. Is it bad for AP if he was a Chrsitian? Why? Can you point out one thing that he did as a CM where ...
by Ashok Sarraff
06 Jan 2010 02:00
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: BR Forum Piskology Thread
Replies: 176
Views: 7644

Re: BR Forum Feedback

ldev wrote: And yes, the fault is mine for actually wanting a realistic discussion which recognizes that Muslims, Sikhs and Christians are part of the ground reality of India and are also Rakshaks of Bharat although they may not be recognized as Rakshaks of Bharat on Bharat Rakshak lDev, Sorry, but ...
by Ashok Sarraff
29 Dec 2009 03:53
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: BR Forums Feedback
Replies: 1566
Views: 158657

Re: BR Forums Feedback

Again, these are my genuine thoughts as a long-term well wisher of the forum and the sentiments it represents with no axe to grind with any moderator or poster. {Thanks, your views are not surprising given your (rather unwisely volunteered, JMHO) stated level of experience. You may learn. Again, thi...
by Ashok Sarraff
28 Dec 2009 00:50
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: BR Forums Feedback
Replies: 1566
Views: 158657

Re: BR Forums Feedback

Now a real feedback and sincere Thankyous. I have been browsing BRF for last seven or eight years. In particular, BRF has been my constant companion for the last five years during the long and lonely hours I spent in the library and office working on my PhD. BRF posters have kept me awake while I wo...
by Ashok Sarraff
25 Dec 2009 22:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: BR Forums Feedback
Replies: 1566
Views: 158657

Re: BR Forums Feedback

Brihaspati ji, I would advice and request caution and a bit cooling down. I, like many others on the forum, have learnt a lot from your thoughts. It will be a big loss to your "students" if you voluntarily stopped or are stopped from posting here. So in the interest of educating the less i...
by Ashok Sarraff
11 Apr 2009 00:54
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Strategic leadership for the future of India
Replies: 1978
Views: 124640

Re: Strategic leadership for the future of India

Reg. INC future and Yuvraaj, There might be a grand strategy at work and a somewhat unexpected player might emerge in addition to or as a replacement of Rahul. I am talking about Priyanka. It seems her in-laws are being eliminated/eliminating themselves for a purpose – to let her have a clean record...
by Ashok Sarraff
22 Oct 2008 09:26
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Chandrayan-1 moon mission
Replies: 1807
Views: 297100

Re: Chandrayan-1 mission launched succesfully

This is indeed a huge huge achievement... congratulations ISRO and congratulations all nationalists on BRF!

-A
by Ashok Sarraff
04 Jun 2008 22:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Tibet watch
Replies: 646
Views: 69779

Sanjay and others, Could someone guide me to an article or book that summarizes Indian rule/political influence over Tibet and parts of China? We Indians never hear about such stuff. A In November 1665, on Aurangzeb's orders, a Mughal expedition was launched from Kashmir for Tibet. It forced the rul...
by Ashok Sarraff
15 May 2008 18:09
Forum: Terrorism Archive
Topic: Jaipur Blasts
Replies: 356
Views: 54239

Well, the truth of the matter is that all these guys are merely mythological figures. Ishmael, Isaac, Abraham, Moses did not exist at all. Neither did Adam and Eve. For that matter, even Allah and the White, Caucasian blue-eyed God also does not exist. And of course since God does not exist, how val...
by Ashok Sarraff
15 May 2008 08:51
Forum: Terrorism Archive
Topic: Jaipur Blasts
Replies: 356
Views: 54239

One of the things I learned in the west is 'group solidarity'. Westerners will close ranks when confronted with something they consider as a threat. Essentially it means 'if you do something to one of us, you did it to all of us and all of us will come for you'. We see this kind of solidarity among...
by Ashok Sarraff
14 May 2008 09:05
Forum: Terrorism Archive
Topic: Jaipur Blasts
Replies: 356
Views: 54239

>>So no heads are going to roll ? No responsibility taken for negligence ?

Heads need to roll (literally) but in a "neighbouring country". Unless favors are returned several times over, our friendly neighbours won't understand. The war needs to be taken into the enemy territory

A
by Ashok Sarraff
14 May 2008 04:06
Forum: Terrorism Archive
Topic: Jaipur Blasts
Replies: 356
Views: 54239

Economics 101 Lesson: Guns vs Butter If you spend all your efforts making butter churns to feed yourself, and your neighbor spends all their efforts on acquiring guns -- then your neighbor will end up having both guns and butter churns in their possession, while you will have nothing. Bravo. What t...
by Ashok Sarraff
14 May 2008 04:06
Forum: Terrorism Archive
Topic: Jaipur Blasts
Replies: 356
Views: 54239

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by Ashok Sarraff
07 May 2008 23:21
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Distorted history- Causes, consequences, remedies
Replies: 4186
Views: 65073

IMHO, the things to consider for the website are the following. Luminaries on this website can provide more ideas. 1) Alexander's incursion into India, 2) Rise of Chandragupta and the Maurya dynasty. I would love to see another slant: the spread of Indic ideas overseas... e.g.: 1. Influence of Indi...
by Ashok Sarraff
09 Feb 2008 23:18
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Tackling Islamic Extremism in India - 6
Replies: 320
Views: 54756

After fifteen attempts by nine Khalifas over a period of seventy-four years (638-712 A.D.) the Arabs had conquered Sindh. It was one of the saddest days in Indian history. I think we have still not realized that there is no final respite unless we take the war to the enemy camp and eliminate the th...
by Ashok Sarraff
31 Dec 2007 04:24
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Tackling Islamic Extremism in India - 3
Replies: 320
Views: 59794

Arun Shourie says it brilliantly, beautifully, awesomely in this IE piece Chock full of quotable quotes. Better still, real meaningful insight. Must read. And pleeeeze pass-on! Ensoi. Supports my "change-software" theory. Unless the software changes, nothing is gonna change this side of I...

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