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by Dhiman
26 Dec 2011 10:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-China News and Discussion
Replies: 431
Views: 22014

Re: India-China News and Discussion

Jimi wrote:All the "will" stuff is boring. Really boring.


Simple question sir. Assume that India gave nuclear boom boom to a random "splitist" group in china and these crazy splitist actually boom boomed a Chinese city using indian provided nukes.

In that case would china nuke India?
by Dhiman
23 Dec 2011 13:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Managing Chinese Threat
Replies: 5192
Views: 405241

Re: Managing Chinese Threat

In fact Menon was still being chicken. He should have asked Beijing to honor its agreement to provide autonomy to Tibet. The Chinese establishment is mad. Not as mad as the Pakis, but still mad. Won't you be scared of a mad man walking down from the other end of the road? In any case, if all else r...
by Dhiman
13 Dec 2011 10:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Managing Chinese Threat
Replies: 5192
Views: 405241

Re: Managing Chinese Threat

China makes inroads into Indian Ocean, but says no military base LOL, this Naval base is dead even before its arrival as there will never be a safe Chinese supply line to any puppy east of A&N islands (or maybe even Vietnam now that India-Vietnam defense cooperation seems to be on the rise cour...
by Dhiman
13 Dec 2011 10:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Managing Chinese Threat
Replies: 5192
Views: 405241

Re: Managing Chinese Threat

RajeshA ji, remember I was telling you about using religion against PRC from Singapore and Malaysia? Well, its happening - The current Bhuddist convention was an intel project per BK. The establishment in China has always viewed religion as a form of control, but not as a mechanism for spiritual en...
by Dhiman
13 Dec 2011 10:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Two-G (2G) Spectrum Scam Tapes and follow-up
Replies: 4139
Views: 318562

Re: Two-G (2G) Spectrum Scam Tapes and follow-up

Now that the 2G crooks are out of jail, its time for the CWG crooks to arrange their exit. Yes and don't forget to kick the farmer and his children in the face before they commit suicide for lack of livelihood.
by Dhiman
28 Nov 2011 04:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-China News and Discussion
Replies: 431
Views: 22014

Re: India-China News and Discussion

Frankly from the translations i have not seen a single Chinese comment at any analytical level towards the problem between India and China. I agree with that assessment of harbans. While I do appreciate the efforts of ltaakat in translating, posting, re-translating and re-posting, the quality of re...
by Dhiman
16 Sep 2011 08:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II
Replies: 3078
Views: 172064

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/If-Amar-Singh-sings-many-big-people-will-be-in-trouble-Jaya-Prada/articleshow/9999129.cms " If he opens his mouth, many people will be inconvenienced . Yet, he has been patient throughout this ordeal and he has kept his secrets to himself . The big peop...
by Dhiman
13 Sep 2011 08:12
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Apr 1 2011)
Replies: 3372
Views: 228520

Re: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Apr 1 2011)

To claim that spending savings is productive and not spending savings is not productive makes no sense. I agree with you, because that is not what I claimed in the first place :-) All I said was that if millions suddenly go out and start spending their gold, it will lead to massive inflation. Besid...
by Dhiman
12 Sep 2011 08:31
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Apr 1 2011)
Replies: 3372
Views: 228520

Re: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Apr 1 2011)

So can Gold be transferred into other assets, at will! Not sure what your point is here. I am not sure what I am trying to answer here, but pretty much the only points I am making is that: 1) gold is non-productive asset, and 2) gold is not wealth, it is an effective mechanism for exchanging wealth...
by Dhiman
11 Sep 2011 13:09
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Apr 1 2011)
Replies: 3372
Views: 228520

Re: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Apr 1 2011)

Marten wrote:How about land holdings that are not developed?


It can be developed, can't it?
by Dhiman
11 Sep 2011 13:01
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Apr 1 2011)
Replies: 3372
Views: 228520

Re: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Apr 1 2011)

Simple question is whether the assets of all charitable institutions/trusts are also taxed. If not, why only one kind of asset?


Because, as I have said many times earlier, gold is a non-productive asset.
by Dhiman
11 Sep 2011 12:11
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Apr 1 2011)
Replies: 3372
Views: 228520

Re: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Apr 1 2011)

Dhiman, are you serious about levying taxes on individuals for buying gold AFTER you have already charged them taxes and service charges while buying the gold? Am not sure how you propose doing this. Could you elaborate? As far as I know sir, gold (in private hands) is already subjected to a wealth...
by Dhiman
11 Sep 2011 11:57
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Apr 1 2011)
Replies: 3372
Views: 228520

Re: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Apr 1 2011)

What about gold in private hands? If we are talking about small amounts of gold that more or less constitute "savings", "retirement fund", or "rainy day fund", then no. If these private hands start hording gold, then apply high wealth tax as an incentive for private ha...
by Dhiman
11 Sep 2011 11:50
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Apr 1 2011)
Replies: 3372
Views: 228520

Re: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Apr 1 2011)

Dhiman, Could you please explain the exact type of monetization you are talking about? If you are talking about selling bonds with gold as collateral, temples do not need that money. Anything, that would bring this money into the larger economy and hence more productive use. If people are not ready...
by Dhiman
11 Sep 2011 10:42
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Apr 1 2011)
Replies: 3372
Views: 228520

Re: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Apr 1 2011)

Gold at temples belong to deities. One can not see it just as a 'treasure' & 'monetize' it. Gold is not wealth, it is an effective mechanism for exchanging one wealth with another across both time and geographical space. Gold's ability to serve as a monetary unit of exchange is pretty much the ...
by Dhiman
10 Sep 2011 08:41
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Apr 1 2011)
Replies: 3372
Views: 228520

Re: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Apr 1 2011)

Even if you spend entire wealth of the temples, the poverty won't go away Let's assume that horded wealth (which has absolutely zero influence in economy) in India is: $100 billion: You could revamp the entire railway system in India cutting travel times in half thereby giving a major boost to the ...
by Dhiman
08 Sep 2011 11:11
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Apr 1 2011)
Replies: 3372
Views: 228520

Re: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Apr 1 2011)

If the rich donate tons of gold to deities, someone can not point a finger. It is for those who donate to decide what to do with their wealth. I have no problem with anyone donating anything to anyone or with temple wealth in specific. The problem is with money being taken out of economy in the for...
by Dhiman
07 Sep 2011 09:20
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Apr 1 2011)
Replies: 3372
Views: 228520

Re: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Apr 1 2011)

Gold is deferred consumption. A lot of India's wealth historically has been in the form of gold in temples where it just sits and does nothing until looted by foreign invaders (Islamic invaders, East India Company, etc). This is like pulling money out of productive use in economy and freezing it in...
by Dhiman
31 Aug 2011 12:20
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Apr 1 2011)
Replies: 3372
Views: 228520

Re: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Apr 1 2011)

Will the cost equations change when the tomato is 100Rs/kg instead of 20Rs/kg today, sure. Tomatoes are one of the easiest plants to grow. I used to grow quite a few back in the days. Once planted in soil mixed with manure/fertilizer or in a large pot, they will practically grow themselves as you l...
by Dhiman
29 Aug 2011 22:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II
Replies: 3078
Views: 172064

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II

There should also be some sort of ban on candidates providing gifts and inducements to voters, i.e ending the practice of buying votes. :lol: you think EC has been waiting for this bright idea to appear on BR before it can go ahead on this ? Err, never said that Sir. Not sure why you got that idea ...
by Dhiman
29 Aug 2011 12:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II
Replies: 3078
Views: 172064

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II

I also support a suggestion made by somebody earlier to separate the legislature from the executive; lawmakers should not be able to benefit from the laws they are making. But for proper separation it may be necessary to have the elections on non-party basis. Yes, execute and legislatures should bo...
by Dhiman
29 Aug 2011 10:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II
Replies: 3078
Views: 172064

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II

EC recommended "electoral reforms" to GoI in 2004 and I quote some of the recommendations From http://eci.gov.in/eci_main/PROPOSED_ELECTORAL_REFORMS.pdf CRIMINALISATION OF POLITICS The Commission is of the view that keeping a person, who is accused of serious criminal charges and where the...
by Dhiman
29 Aug 2011 08:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II
Replies: 3078
Views: 172064

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II

Karnatka did have a lokayukta (fresh example) and corruption happened. The success of Anna's fast is not in the fact that he got government to agree to set up LokPal. His success lies in the fact that he managed to get a message across to criminals that run this country that "corruption will n...
by Dhiman
28 Aug 2011 08:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II
Replies: 3078
Views: 172064

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II

I The way the government eventually capitulated says that Parliament as an institution of representative democracy is in the ICU, fast heading toward expiry. Whether enough reforms can be put in to preserve it remains to be seen. The problem is that executive and legislative branches of the governm...
by Dhiman
27 Aug 2011 13:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II
Replies: 3078
Views: 172064

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II

Pranab is right when he says that the nation is at a crossroads.For the politicos that is. An angry nation will reject the Gandhian non-violent path in full measure if parliament today fillibusters the LokPal bill and tries through every means to derail the first step in establishing an anti-corrup...
by Dhiman
27 Aug 2011 10:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II
Replies: 3078
Views: 172064

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II

Over hunger/starvation and female infanticide. Or chronic joblessness and lack of health care. Or lack of quality schooling or brutish inflation. or lack of drinking water. Or even malaria which kills 100,000 every single year in India. Or preventable infectious diseases that kill well over 1 Milli...
by Dhiman
26 Aug 2011 23:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II
Replies: 3078
Views: 172064

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II

Anna should go off the fast, and someone else, perhaps Arvind Kejriwal can continue the fast, thus a relay fast would buy time for negotiations. From what I know Ramdev has volunteered to take Anna's place if Anna has to be hospitalized. But wait until Saturday, that's when the real crowds should c...
by Dhiman
26 Aug 2011 12:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II
Replies: 3078
Views: 172064

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II

Its safe to say that Congress does not know what it is doing. Different people in congress are saying different things at the same thing and taking a large number of people who are on the streets through wide mood swings. I don't see how this is anything but a recipe for disaster. They have NO inten...
by Dhiman
25 Aug 2011 11:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II
Replies: 3078
Views: 172064

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II

We were discussing corruption and bribes with a former top ex. of a heavweight blue-chip co.He categorically told us that he never bribed anyone and preferred to wait for approvals.However,in many cases he admitted ,smaller cos. to whom the work was outsourced,did a "turn-key" op and they...
by Dhiman
25 Aug 2011 03:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II
Replies: 3078
Views: 172064

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II

So, are you guys saying... there is none in the babulatarian circles that is free to accept anna? not even a single politician? we need to find how many accept anna, so that we can rule out the rest are totally corrupted. This bill would do a babu cleansing! of course the need of the hours now for ...
by Dhiman
25 Aug 2011 02:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II
Replies: 3078
Views: 172064

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II

Our electoral system is broken and until that can be fixed, a selected group of political elites will continue to rule our nation and the parliament will not be a true representative of the people of India as claimed by our politicians. When they say that the Jan Lokpal bill will compromise the dem...
by Dhiman
25 Aug 2011 02:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II
Replies: 3078
Views: 172064

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II

What is so sacrosanct about "parliamentary democracy"? What is the ultimate goal of a government elected by the people? The issue is that the IAC movement is not calling for a change in the parliamentary democracy, rather it is trying to force something through the back door. As long as t...
by Dhiman
25 Aug 2011 00:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II
Replies: 3078
Views: 172064

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II

$1 billion for each minister in the government for bribe + $5 billion for Maino clan and I will bet my life savings that this bill will move.
by Dhiman
24 Aug 2011 23:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II
Replies: 3078
Views: 172064

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II

Pranab Mukherjee on CNN-IBN saying that "Govt never said Anna's health is not its problem" ... "My statement has been twisted out of context" .. Things are getting serious if Pranab Mukherjee is giving media interviews at 12:00 AM ... Off course, how could the venerated your hig...
by Dhiman
24 Aug 2011 22:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II
Replies: 3078
Views: 172064

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II

AnimeshP wrote:Looks like the govt is going to play hardball ... Interesting times ahead ...


Indeed Sir! Especially when keeping in mind that this government does not hesitate in flipping and flopping from its old positions. All definitions of "Leadership" are going to be tested in next 24 hours :-)
by Dhiman
24 Aug 2011 11:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II
Replies: 3078
Views: 172064

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II

Shashi Tharoor's Tweet: Every time a poor woman has to bribe to get a hospital bed, or a widow her pension, we know our system has failed us. Corruption isn't only 2G/CWG . The chain of bribes goes from Santri to Mantri. LOL, what about IPL corruption regarding Kochi team :rotfl: Shashi Tharoor see...
by Dhiman
24 Aug 2011 11:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II
Replies: 3078
Views: 172064

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II

Can anybody see what happens if Mr Bukhari comes to fast unto death for prosecuting Mr Modi? First of all if Modi has committed a crime, he should go to jail. Secondly, IMHO, to answer your question nothing will happen because it will lead NDA to react by organizing an equally bigger protest and fa...
by Dhiman
24 Aug 2011 08:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II
Replies: 3078
Views: 172064

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II

SwamyG wrote:Rudradev: You are connecting dots and weaving a story. No doubt it is fascinating.


Yes. Definitely good material for a Hollywood conspiracy film. Would suggest including the term "X-Files" somewhere in the title for effect.
by Dhiman
23 Aug 2011 13:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II
Replies: 3078
Views: 172064

Re: The Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, and Baba Ramdev II

One unanswered Q.Is there any coincidence between the Indian uprising and those in the Arab world? Are we being manipulated or are outside elements making use of the opportnuity which the UPA has presented them with? The principal members of this Anna movement appear to be reliable characters + Ram...

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