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by Comer
26 Jan 2015 12:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Republic Day 2015 - News and Discussion
Replies: 376
Views: 21207

Re: Republic Day 2015 - News and Discussion

I kind of like Pranab Mukherjee for all his faults as a congressman. Good to see him reach the highest post and adding dignity to the office
by Comer
26 Jan 2015 11:16
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Republic Day 2015 - News and Discussion
Replies: 376
Views: 21207

Re: Republic Day 2015 - News and Discussion

The flymast over grey skies were quite menacing!
by Comer
26 Jan 2015 10:52
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Republic Day 2015 - News and Discussion
Replies: 376
Views: 21207

Re: Republic Day 2015 - News and Discussion

I thought the floats were lot better than earlier, with low clearance. Ministers showing enthusiasm for their ministries were nice to watch
by Comer
25 Jan 2015 16:27
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US Relations : News and Discussion
Replies: 3947
Views: 150689

Re: India-US Relations : News and Discussion

The US press has this annoying habit of asking questions which are irrelevant to the occasion.
by Comer
20 Jan 2015 21:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3770
Views: 313501

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Tuvaluan, the four points need to be pinned somewhere.
by Comer
20 Jan 2015 18:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3770
Views: 313501

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Not sure if this was posted earlier. http://www.dailymirror.lk/61621/ay-visit-sl-in-march With a new government taking office in Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi may travel to Colombo in March. If he does go, it will be the first state visit by an Indian PM since Rajiv Gandhi's trip in 1987. ...
by Comer
20 Jan 2015 12:27
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3770
Views: 313501

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

You were rambling and did the nice thing by using your argument for driving home a point. Now I will be frank. Not sure what is your purpose in this thread other than displaying bigotry towards a state and it's people and using that as an excuse for foreign policy stupidity. You are trying to be mor...
by Comer
20 Jan 2015 12:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3770
Views: 313501

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Actually it is a nice parallel. Since the kind of lopsided sekularitis that decimated Congress party. It applies to other countries as well. If a group perceives any discrimination, a new equilibrium point is *always* found.
by Comer
20 Jan 2015 11:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3770
Views: 313501

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Right. And China is a foreign country as well. If Sinhalese would have felt discrimination is the best option for themselves they would have stuck with Rajapakse. Allegations of corruption notwithstanding. And the new government wouldn't be talking to India about repatriation. We should encourage th...
by Comer
20 Jan 2015 10:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3770
Views: 313501

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

^^ Exactly Tuvaluan. Once the genie is out of the bottle it can't be put back without a blowback to anyone touching it with a barge pole. Happened time and again. I guess folks need to read up on the SL history atleast around 1980s to understand the discrimination and it's aftermath.
by Comer
20 Jan 2015 10:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3770
Views: 313501

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Am hopeful that the new dispensation would deal with the inequality of SL Tamils and the dramatis personae of the GoSL are way better than earlier one. That being said, things wouldn't 't be in status quo for a long time if the present second class treatment continues. What GoI does or doesn't would...
by Comer
19 Jan 2015 22:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3770
Views: 313501

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

You are right, the author presumes India can only offer carrots and not sticks if it comes to that. Maybe still in MMS mode? The fending off of external folks including UN would be a tough act to pull it off. BTW, where are the Biglunds and Smalgands? They used to buzz around the area and seem quiet...
by Comer
19 Jan 2015 15:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3770
Views: 313501

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

The local BJP leaders are not effective and the few effective ones mysteriously get bumped off. NaMo and AS can only do Hindi which is hated by the local populace. Very strange that hindi works in karnataka and andhra but not in TN. No one is saying barter anything but if you need to make a deal th...
by Comer
19 Jan 2015 15:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3770
Views: 313501

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

I am not saying there should be only one view as long as it is consistent and not colored by local politics. Thatha for his faults did help GoI by doing pointless drama which aided in his fall. Way better than WB. And Vaiko for all his politics did an honourable exit from the alliance when he could ...
by Comer
19 Jan 2015 14:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3770
Views: 313501

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

I don't have an opinion on citizenship issue since there is no demand for it. But if they are given citizenship they are free to move like any other citizen. On refugee status their movement is more restricted. There was a cry of diplomacy should not be hostage to the TN politics, which it wasn't wh...
by Comer
19 Jan 2015 13:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3770
Views: 313501

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

There is nothing like give and take in this situation. Are you suggesting TN elect BJP so that they give citizenship to SL Tamil?
There is too much conflating of unrelated topics. Since you brought up Eelam, are you worried that any closer ties would nudge people towards Eelam?
by Comer
19 Jan 2015 11:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3770
Views: 313501

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

^^ From what I've heard about the Mandapam camp for refugees, they are under strict monitoring. IIRC they can't even leave the camp for extra income by doing work.
The kids if refugees can't get scholarships.
The notion that they are angling for citizenship is misplaced.
by Comer
18 Jan 2015 15:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan - 12 Dec 2014
Replies: 2853
Views: 111027

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan - 12 Dec

^^ Am wondering, how difficult it it for NaPak army and ISI to setup this local franchise of ISIS? With the Afghan spigot soon to be turned off, they would need a new avenue for jiziya. It is easier to setup the local chapter yourself than compete with an organic grown variety.
Just speculation onlee.
by Comer
12 Jan 2015 11:19
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3770
Views: 313501

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

I agree that having a big country next to you can generate loathing among some people. But having a foreign policy around that is being afraid of one's own shadow. We could atleast start with a ferry service that can carry people and materials like the one between England and France. But if we are t...
by Comer
12 Jan 2015 09:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3770
Views: 313501

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

We do have bus and train services from even Pakistan. Am sure there are some road services from Nepal. What is wrong with having one with SL? Moreover they have better per capita indices if you are worried about illegal migration
by Comer
12 Jan 2015 09:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3770
Views: 313501

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

It is not always a zero sum game. Right now Chinese may have the upper hand but with the new government and proper diplomacy we can claw our way back. It is our geographical zone not China's.
Not all SL Tamil love India and not all Sinhalese hate us. No point throwing the towel especially now
by Comer
12 Jan 2015 09:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3770
Views: 313501

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

chetak, forget TN politics. What's wrong with having transport links with SL?
by Comer
12 Jan 2015 08:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Breaking news: Coast guard intercepted terrorist boat
Replies: 969
Views: 42021

Re: Breaking news: Coast guard intercepted terrorist boat

matrimc wrote:Are we sure the boatswine are dead?

Glad to see this word before the thread closed
by Comer
11 Jan 2015 18:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan - 12 Dec 2014
Replies: 2853
Views: 111027

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan - 12 Dec

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/stoi/deep-focus/Why-Paris-is-even-more-shocking-than-Peshawar/articleshow/45839338.cms *snip* Applies to us as well. *snip* I am hoping the Varadarajan household has serious dinner table debates over this issue and this is not just a prescription for the West.
by Comer
09 Jan 2015 22:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3770
Views: 313501

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

^^ Nope, you got it right. I am assuming a mistranslation by nandakumar!
As you said, it could be due to a lack of an exact word for ambitious in Tamil.
by Comer
09 Jan 2015 22:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3770
Views: 313501

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

I think he meant ambitious/audacious thinking as opposed to greed.
by Comer
09 Jan 2015 21:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3770
Views: 313501

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Sri Lanka would also have been better served if it were a state in the Indian Union or Indian confederation because it achieves the same ends and checks any social waves in favor any single community. Especially considering the fact that they have a poor track record in settling issues peacefully a...
by Comer
09 Jan 2015 19:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Breaking news: Coast guard intercepted terrorist boat
Replies: 969
Views: 42021

Re: Breaking news: Coast guard intercepted terrorist boat

OK, what is the insinuation here, chackojoseph? Out with it. Are you saying that the SOP was not followed? Big deal. Are you implying something else? If so, say that openly. +1. If the idea is to create a stench around the incident without saying anything concrete to back up the assertion, then the...
by Comer
09 Jan 2015 10:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3770
Views: 313501

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Sindhu nadhiyin misai nilavinilae is the start of the song. Amazing vision of interconnecting Indian subcontinent and trade
by Comer
09 Jan 2015 10:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3770
Views: 313501

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

True, there are great possibilities if it is played right! Glad we have a person of NaMo caliber at the right moment in time.
by Comer
09 Jan 2015 09:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3770
Views: 313501

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Nice reset button, probably in decades.
High time GoI maintains direct contact with GoSL and avoid interlocutors like Vaiko or SuSwamy to interpret the relationship.
Wish there is a ferry service from India to SL and other easier access for both the countries.
by Comer
09 Jan 2015 08:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Breaking news: Coast guard intercepted terrorist boat
Replies: 969
Views: 42021

Re: Breaking news: Coast guard intercepted terrorist boat

chackojoseph, Now since the soosai of the boat itself is questioned by you the assumption is another actor has done the deed, which includes the CG boat itself. Since you are worried that India could become Bakistan by such actions am assuming that the line of thought is CG could be in the wrong by ...
by Comer
09 Jan 2015 08:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Breaking news: Coast guard intercepted terrorist boat
Replies: 969
Views: 42021

Re: Breaking news: Coast guard intercepted terrorist boat

saravana, why do you assign me with the credit of believing that it was not a terror boat. I speculated it might not be one, citing some circumstances; and govt speculated it is one, citing circumstances. Just because some vested interest in the forum shouted their loudest does not mean truth has b...
by Comer
09 Jan 2015 07:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Breaking news: Coast guard intercepted terrorist boat
Replies: 969
Views: 42021

Re: Breaking news: Coast guard intercepted terrorist boat

chackojoseph, have you come across any piece of evidence that clearly preclude them being terrorists?
Suppose if there is not overwhelming proof for a terror boat, what is the endgame here in your opinion?
by Comer
09 Jan 2015 04:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3770
Views: 313501

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

SriLankan election website is pretty slow, has the Kandy results come out?
by Comer
08 Jan 2015 23:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan - 12 Dec 2014
Replies: 2853
Views: 111027

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan - 12 Dec

Amber G, that is from a parody news website
http://www.fakingnews.firstpost.com/201 ... ear-party/
I had seen this before so I found it to be parody. Otherwise, easily believable as it is not much different from the articles.
by Comer
08 Jan 2015 23:21
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian IT Industry
Replies: 3944
Views: 333019

Re: Indian IT Industry

I am the most alert on brf about cheeni creeping takeover as composite national power. EastEuropeans make the Chinese look soft :shock: . Chinese may be a force in electronics and manufacturing, the EEs are making a mark on software. The ones I met were professional, matter of fact to the point of ...
by Comer
08 Jan 2015 22:36
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian IT Industry
Replies: 3944
Views: 333019

Re: Indian IT Industry

I don't know how one guy can double his productivity? Has it happened in the manufacturing jobs that went to China?
by Comer
08 Jan 2015 20:00
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian IT Industry
Replies: 3944
Views: 333019

Re: Indian IT Industry

Is there really an effort to unionise or a clickbaity FDM?

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