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by a_bharat
21 Oct 2009 14:47
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan - September 15, 2009
Replies: 2841
Views: 247924

Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan - September 15, 2009

AmitR wrote:Just in case you don't know enough, Paki is a term used collectively for all the south asians.


In that case you agree that you are a Paki.
by a_bharat
14 Oct 2009 10:57
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US News and Discussion
Replies: 2539
Views: 270360

Re: India-US News and Discussion

The NRIs who voted for him are now guilty of having the blood of Indian men, women and children on their hands. Many NRIs whose jobs were threatened by outsourcing supported Obama as he came across as someone who would contain outsourcing. Sometimes personal economic interests override love for cou...
by a_bharat
12 Oct 2009 19:31
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-China News and Discussion
Replies: 2386
Views: 243923

Re: India-China News and Discussions

India should pay attention to exporting Indian culture, spirituality and philosophy to China (while at the same time building up military capability to counter any Chinese threats). 1NaiQ40PuBE China @ 60: Dragon learns Hindi Many Chinese students at Peking University have adopted Indian names - lik...
by a_bharat
08 Oct 2009 20:12
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US News and Discussion
Replies: 2539
Views: 270360

Re: India-US News and Discussion

prad wrote:i didn't question your take on GoI's statement at SeS.
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the reason why GoI did it??? i have no idea. only MMS has the answer to that.


He probably mistook stupidity to "thinking out of box", or he wanted to be a statesman at country's expense.
by a_bharat
08 Oct 2009 04:59
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Education System
Replies: 3791
Views: 289294

Re: Indian Education System

Is it not true that unless an institution has significant public funding GoI policies don't apply? Do private universities currently have to subscribe to the quota system? Is it not DDMities to assume that reservation laws apply means quotas are enforced? AFAIK, institutions that are privately fund...
by a_bharat
08 Oct 2009 04:45
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 647532

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

Consider that at L1 and L2, there is no real orbital maintenance to worry about, since the gravities of Earth and Moon cancel out over there. If you are free of the hassle of orbital maintenance, that means you can be extravagant with how much mass you place there, enabling the use of a large solar...
by a_bharat
08 Oct 2009 04:33
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 647532

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

So if ISRO can aim satellites operating at an altitude of 36,000km, then why can't they aim satellites at an altitude of 55,000km? We could undertake such a mission to L1/L2 jointly with some other country, to subsidize the costs. 55,000km is the distance from Moon's surface to L1. The distance fro...
by a_bharat
07 Oct 2009 12:38
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 647532

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

L1 is about 55000 km from Moon's surface and L2 is about 60000 km. We might need a nano sun to transmit energy in the form of light from that distance.
by a_bharat
07 Oct 2009 09:40
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 647532

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

How does one beam power? I know there were some experiments to transmit power wirelessly -- small amounts over very small distances in lab setup. How does the Sun beam power to keep us alive here on Earth? Through photons. In the case of a solar collector in lunar orbit, we could gather solar energ...
by a_bharat
06 Oct 2009 17:35
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India Nuclear News And Discussion
Replies: 4936
Views: 457259

Re: India Nuclear News And Discussion

Gareth Evans's visit was hosted by Delhi Policy Group . One of the initiatives launched by DPG is Nuclear Policy Stewardship Project, which is supported by the Nuclear Threat Initiative , Washington D.C. NTI is funded, founded and co-chaired by Ted Turner and Sam Nunn. DPG also has Prof Radha Kumar...
by a_bharat
06 Oct 2009 11:37
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 647532

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

I was thinking, if one had to use solar power arrays on the Moon, then why bother to land the solar infrastructure onto the Moon's surface at all? That just takes extra propellant mass and more complex landing systems. Why not just park it in lunar orbit, and just beam the power down from there? Ho...
by a_bharat
06 Oct 2009 10:03
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-3
Replies: 1343
Views: 135704

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-3

Even though he was stupid he knew his wife was telling truth because he knows how he went through his childhood in this village. He begins to worry and then tells his wife we can secretly save 1000 samples of semen in the local sperm bank. His wife tells even though you can sneak this samples a chi...
by a_bharat
06 Oct 2009 09:32
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-3
Replies: 1343
Views: 135704

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-3

It looks like there is a concerted effort by senior BRF folks to mould an opinion that 1. TNs are not needed and 2. signing of CTBT is in India's interest. I don't know if it is their personal opinion, or, if their day jobs require them to propagate such views. Tough innit? Tough to get a viewpoint...
by a_bharat
06 Oct 2009 07:56
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-3
Replies: 1343
Views: 135704

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist - Part-3

It is absurd to sign CTBT now and to break it later citing NoKo tests being proxy tests for China/Pakistan. The logical sequence of steps for India would be: - raise a hue and cry about NoKo tests being proxy tests for China/Pakistan; we should have started doing it much earlier - build up delivery ...
by a_bharat
05 Oct 2009 16:18
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-China News and Discussion
Replies: 2386
Views: 243923

Re: India-China News and Discussions

Beijing and Burma no longer best of friends ... The first signs of the cracks in the relationship appeared when the Burmese army launched an offensive against the Kokang ethnic rebels who have had a truce with the regime for twenty years. Thousands of refugees fled across the border for safety, rai...
by a_bharat
04 Oct 2009 00:07
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-China News and Discussion
Replies: 2386
Views: 243923

Re: India-China News and Discussions

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/news/india/Pushing-The-Limits-Day-after-Day/articleshow/5083864.cms Although China has moved from being a totalitarian state to being an authoritarian state, some things haven't changed since the Mao years. Some other things indeed have changed for the worse, such ...
by a_bharat
03 Oct 2009 23:35
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-China News and Discussion
Replies: 2386
Views: 243923

Re: India-China News and Discussions

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2009/10/02/time_for_india_to_play_hardball_with_china Time for India to Play Hardball with China Indian democracy vexes Beijing. If India can guarantee fundamental rights to its diverse citizens while managing a growth rate not far from China's, why, someone is ...
by a_bharat
23 Sep 2009 16:13
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 647532

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

http://www.domain-b.com/aero/space/spacemissions/20090923_chandrayaan_mission.html 'Major discovery' from Chandrayaan mission set to be announced Mumbai: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the American National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are set to make a major announ...
by a_bharat
10 Sep 2009 14:09
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: PRC Economy and Industry: News and Discussions
Replies: 3933
Views: 535548

Re: PRC Economy News and Discussions

First Solar, which makes more solar cells than any other company, said it struck a tentative 10-year deal to build in China's vast desert north of the Great Wall. The project would eventually blanket 25 square miles of Inner Mongolia -- slightly larger than the size of Manhattan -- with a sea of bl...
by a_bharat
10 Sep 2009 13:48
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-China News and Discussion
Replies: 2386
Views: 243923

Re: India-China News and Discussions

http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?a=jjjqicdhaca&title=Column_Calling_China_039_s_Bluff Column: Calling China's Bluff ... By all indications, China is a paranoid nation. It is so apprehensive about economic competition from India that it allowed some of its firms to produce fake Indian drugs and...
by a_bharat
30 Aug 2009 09:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Australia News and Discussion
Replies: 1955
Views: 238485

Re: India-Australia News and Discussion

Slump in Indian student numbers MARK RUSSELL August 30, 2009 INDIAN student enrolments at Victoria's universities are expected to plunge by up to 50 per cent next year following a spate of violent attacks in Melbourne. The shortfall - comprising existing students who plan to abandon their courses h...
by a_bharat
30 Aug 2009 07:23
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist
Replies: 2362
Views: 170360

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist

But on Saturday PK Iyengar, former chief of the atomic energy commission backed Santhanam and asked as to why Kalam's words should be taken seriously considering he is only a missiles expert. " What is so sacrosanct about Abdul Kalam? Even Einstein made mistakes . Before the scientists on the ...
by a_bharat
27 Aug 2009 18:39
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist
Replies: 2362
Views: 170360

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist

Do we need to test TN weapon now, or, can it wait? If we do have reliable (non TN) nuclear weapons and matching delivery systems to deter China, the test can wait -- assuming the leadership has the wisdom to ignore any external pressure regarding CTBT. If what we currently have can't deter China and...
by a_bharat
27 Aug 2009 12:09
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist
Replies: 2362
Views: 170360

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist

Any insight into the timing of Sanathanam's disclosure? Would it not have been more appropriate before signing the nuke deal? Or, perhaps we want to get whatever we can from the deal, and then test? Some possibilities: - he is a patriot - he is a loose cannon; shooting his mouth off - he is doing it...
by a_bharat
27 Aug 2009 09:50
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist
Replies: 2362
Views: 170360

Re: India Nuclear News And Discussion

All this rhona dhona is quite unseemly. Is there any "news" in Santanam's qualified admission/revelation -- other than that it is from someone involved with the program? That said, I do have the following questions/concerns: - if the TN test failed, do the scientists clearly know what fail...
by a_bharat
27 Aug 2009 09:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Tibet watch
Replies: 646
Views: 78910

Re: Tibet watch

Taiwan, challenging China, to let Dalai Lama visit TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan, which turned away the Dalai Lama last year on fears of upsetting China, has approved a visit by the Tibetan spiritual leader next week to comfort victims of a deadly typhoon, the government said on Thursday. http://in.reu...
by a_bharat
25 Aug 2009 09:44
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Oil & Natural Gas: News & Discussion
Replies: 1591
Views: 263721

Re: Oil & Natural Gas: News & Discussion

This article is probably an RNRL plant. Nevertheless, facts are facts. Can NTPC forestall rip-off by UPA ministers? ... In a shocking anti-reforms development during the regime of the man considered as architect of the reforms, NTPC is now at risk of losing out to powerful self-serving elements. Min...
by a_bharat
24 Aug 2009 20:24
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Oil & Natural Gas: News & Discussion
Replies: 1591
Views: 263721

Re: Oil & Natural Gas: News & Discussion

Asia's oil exports a threat to U.S. refiners ... India and China could provide intense competition on the global market to refineries in North America and Europe, which could suffer losses and eventually close down. Some small European refineries have already closed, while many in the United States...
by a_bharat
24 Aug 2009 18:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: International Nuclear Watch & Discussion
Replies: 1367
Views: 122182

Re: International Nuclear Watch & Discussion

'Evidence lacking' of Burma's nuke plans ... Media reports last month claimed Burma had embarked on a secret nuclear weapons program, aided by North Korea which has long conducted a clandestine nuclear weapons program, testing devices in 2006 and 2009. Mr Selth said the US had steadfastly refused t...
by a_bharat
21 Aug 2009 14:02
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India Nuclear News And Discussion
Replies: 4936
Views: 457259

Re: India Nuclear News And Discussion

Article by T P Sreenivasan, a former member of the Indian Foreign Service, was India's ambassador to the United Nations and governor for India, IAEA The US may have no nuclear trade with India But the latest indication from Washington is that the US may not be interested in supplying nuclear materia...
by a_bharat
17 Aug 2009 16:54
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Strategic leadership for the future of India
Replies: 1978
Views: 151624

Re: Strategic leadership for the future of India

This is probably OT, but since there has been some discussion on castes and inferiority complexes, I am posting the following letter published in NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/14/world/asia/14iht-letter.html?pagewanted=1&tntemail0=y&_r=4&emc=tnt ... Das is a dalit, a member of the ...
by a_bharat
17 Aug 2009 12:48
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (June 8 2008)
Replies: 2768
Views: 380037

Re: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (June 8 2008)

First hand experience in what capacity? I don't think you would have availed benefits of the scheme so I am assuming you must have seen/heard some cases in certain village in certain state. Those are anecdotal evidences, I think they could be very useful and informative but one had to be careful in...
by a_bharat
17 Aug 2009 09:59
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Strategic leadership for the future of India
Replies: 1978
Views: 151624

Re: Strategic leadership for the future of India

When a nation, or a civilization does the most inhumane and egregious things and yet leaves behind a body of literature claiming that all that was done was only good and positive and that overall, evils have been reduced - then you get the story of the Islamic civilization, Britain and present day ...
by a_bharat
17 Aug 2009 08:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India Nuclear News And Discussion
Replies: 4936
Views: 457259

Re: India Nuclear News And Discussion

Here is a Google tech talk by Kirk Sorensen on fluid-fuelled thorium reactors and their advantages over other alternatives: Inherently safe, self-controlled, running at ambient pressure, simple fuel cycle, etc. A proven solution (in the 60s) but was not pursued further due to a political decision to...
by a_bharat
16 Aug 2009 08:16
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Strategic leadership for the future of India
Replies: 1978
Views: 151624

Re: Strategic leadership for the future of India

Most people we know may not be prone to inferiority complexes, but a society that has tolerated caste hierarchies for so long, has a long way to go before it cleanses itself of inferiority complexes. Why else would the shudras for eons allow themselves to be called lower castes?! It has always been...
by a_bharat
16 Aug 2009 07:41
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Strategic leadership for the future of India
Replies: 1978
Views: 151624

Re: Strategic leadership for the future of India

I wonder if one of the issues affecting leadership in India is a (manufactured) sense of shame in India and Indianness. If you exclude the "low class, aam aadmi Indian" most Indians who are exposed to the outside are able to put up a long list of faults about India and Indians of a type t...
by a_bharat
15 Aug 2009 07:13
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (June 8 2008)
Replies: 2768
Views: 380037

Re: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (June 8 2008)

NREGS does act as a minimum wage tier in places where a lower farm income level competes with it. That is normal economic dynamics, where the prevailing wage and supply of labour makes it possible for the farmer to pay just that much, until there is competition from NREGS for both labour supply and...
by a_bharat
14 Aug 2009 10:12
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (June 8 2008)
Replies: 2768
Views: 380037

Re: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (June 8 2008)

Katare wrote:And how do you know all that Bharat? :)


First hand experience.
by a_bharat
14 Aug 2009 06:31
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (June 8 2008)
Replies: 2768
Views: 380037

Re: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (June 8 2008)

A vote bank called NREGS From being an employment guarantee programme NREGS is being mutated into a vast official set-up with its own permanent staff and “mini secretariats” at the village assembly level. In addition, the nature of work allowed under NREGS is being changed: From being a public prog...
by a_bharat
11 Aug 2009 08:36
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India Nuclear News And Discussion
Replies: 4936
Views: 457259

Re: India Nuclear News And Discussion

My rustic summation: India ki Gan* main dum nahin, par mardaan-gi ki baatain bhaati hain. IMVHO Talk is cheap. Of course Talk is cheap -- but that's what people do on forums such as this. The current leadership may be timid, but there have been times where the Indian leadership showed the courage a...

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