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by Shanmukh
04 Sep 2016 17:21
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: General Indian Military News & Discussions
Replies: 154
Views: 13492

Re: General Indian Military News & Discussions

Shiv-ji,
Thanks very much for the insights.

Wig-ji,
Interesting info about the casualties. Thanks very much.
by Shanmukh
04 Sep 2016 04:14
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: General Indian Military News & Discussions
Replies: 154
Views: 13492

Re: General Indian Military News & Discussions

Folks - is it correct that the standard IAF repertoire doesn't include side arms? Are IAF officers not armed with pistols, etc as a rule, while going to & back from duty? Asking this in the context of the murder of Sq. Ldr. Ravi Khanna & his men, slaughtered by JKLF terrorists - Yasin Malik ...
by Shanmukh
18 Aug 2016 21:39
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: J&K News and Discussion-2011
Replies: 3990
Views: 237720

Re: J&K News and Discussion-2011

Our (Vikram, Aparna, Saswati Sarkar, Brihaspati (Dikgaj in article) & me) article on the future demographics of Jammu & Kashmir & how Hill Jammu is at serious risk. Pakistanis tried once to push Hindus south of the Chenab line (as Kishtwar Cauldron of GD Bakshi shows) and may try it agai...
by Shanmukh
03 May 2016 14:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Armed Revolutionary Movement 1857-1947
Replies: 84
Views: 4309

Re: Armed Revolutionary Movement 1857-1947

Cross posting from the BRF social media thread. Our (Saswati Sarkar, Brihaspati, and myself) article on the death of Chandrasekhar Azad and who may have betrayed him. http://www.dailyo.in/politics/chandrasekhar-azad-jawaharlal-nehru-mahatma-gandhi-hinduism-freedom-struggle-sardar-patel-subhas-chandr...
by Shanmukh
03 May 2016 14:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Armed Revolutionary Movement 1857-1947
Replies: 84
Views: 4309

Re: Armed Revolutionary Movement 1857-1947

Cross posting from the BRF social media thread. Our (Saswati Sarkar, Brihaspati, and myself) article on the Komagata Maru episode and its role in the Ghadar Revolt. http://www.dailyo.in/politics/komagata-maru-justin-trudeau-indian-freedom-struggle-indo-japan-ties-sikhs-canada-cellular-jail/story/1/1...
by Shanmukh
03 May 2016 14:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Armed Revolutionary Movement 1857-1947
Replies: 84
Views: 4309

Re: Armed Revolutionary Movement 1857-1947

Cross posting from the BRF Social Media thread. Our (Saswati Sarkar, Brihaspati, Jeck Joy & myself) set of articles on Rashbehari Bose. http://www.dailyo.in/politics/rashbehari-bose-hindu-muslim-riots-partition-1947-mahatma-gandhi-independence-hindu-german-conspiracy-ina/story/1/8230.html http:/...
by Shanmukh
29 Mar 2016 19:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Levant crisis.(Israel,SYRIA,Lebanon,etc) - II
Replies: 4115
Views: 148199

Re: The Levant crisis.(Israel,SYRIA,Lebanon,etc) - II

Folks, Another basic question from me. Who exactly are the `opposition groups' in Idlib province? It seems that most opposition groups are either in Idlib or Aleppo. Are these Jabhat al Nusra or other groups? Are there substantial numbers of oppositions in other areas? What are the remaining areas f...
by Shanmukh
02 Mar 2016 15:32
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions (YEMEN, gulf)
Replies: 4734
Views: 246531

Re: West Asia News and Discussions (YEMEN, gulf)

Why are the Iranian & Russians fighting totally inside their allies' territory? Why not export the joy to NE Saudi Arabia (Dharran oil fields?) & Bahrain? If Bahrain falls, won't it deal Unkil a sharp blow too? If Dharran is burnt, it will solve both the Saudi & oil glut problem in one s...
by Shanmukh
24 Feb 2016 11:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Levant crisis.(Israel,SYRIA,Lebanon,etc) - II
Replies: 4115
Views: 148199

Re: The Levant crisis.(Israel,SYRIA,Lebanon,etc) - II

@Singha-ji, @Deejay-ji, @Satya_anveshi-ji,
Thanks for your insights on why the SAA & its allies are attacking on so many axes.
by Shanmukh
22 Feb 2016 17:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Levant crisis.(Israel,SYRIA,Lebanon,etc) - II
Replies: 4115
Views: 148199

Re: The Levant crisis.(Israel,SYRIA,Lebanon,etc) - II

A basic (probably stupid) question for Gurus here. Why doesn't Syrian govt & its allies just focus on one front at a time & wipe it out? Maybe focus on Aleppo first & then roll up the desert flank of Idlib & Hama southwards & only then try to take care of the far eastern Euphrate...
by Shanmukh
19 Feb 2016 16:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Levant crisis.(Israel,SYRIA,Lebanon,etc) - II
Replies: 4115
Views: 148199

Re: The Levant crisis.(Israel,SYRIA,Lebanon,etc) - II

raqqa is like a mofussil town in India, whose name no one heard. Even long time residents of Syria never heard of the name Raqqa until the middle of civil war and ISIS name associated with the region of Ar-Raqqah. >> i think turkeys problem is this - kurds are only 10% and sunni turks 87% this is u...
by Shanmukh
10 Feb 2016 12:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Levant crisis.(Israel,SYRIA,Lebanon,etc) - II
Replies: 4115
Views: 148199

Re: The Levant crisis.(Israel,SYRIA,Lebanon,etc) - II

It would be interesting to analyse how the Syria adventure will influence the world. The wars in Afghanistan from the 80s onwards directly or indirectly impacted the globe, from overt consequences such as the worldwide spread of terrorism to 9/11 to, dare I say it, even how entire western economies...
by Shanmukh
09 Jan 2016 07:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 4438
Views: 487763

Re: Internal Security Watch

We are all familiar with the shrinking share of Hindus in the Indian subcontinent over the millennia, mostly because of largescale conversions to the Abrahmic religions. Are there any instances of large scale reconversions of the converted to Hinduism? By largescale, I mean in tens of thousands or ...
by Shanmukh
07 Jan 2016 21:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 4438
Views: 487763

Re: Internal Security Watch

Violence in Purnea over Kamalesh Tiwari's remarks. Why is it becoming such a huge issue now? Are the peaceful folks spoiling for a fight? They seem to be picking up on Hindus where Hindus are heavily outnumbered. http://www.prabhatkhabar.com/news/purnea/bihar-purnia-police-station-attack-kamlesh-tiw...
by Shanmukh
05 Jan 2016 09:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pathankot AirForce base under attack
Replies: 1213
Views: 52229

Re: Pathankot AirForce base under attack

Thanks, Shiv-saar. Getting a feel for why so many combing operations of the army/police fail. This business of searching for hidden pigs in forests (or worse, urban areas) is worse than searching for needles in a haystack. On that related note, I see that these pigs have been fighting for more than ...
by Shanmukh
05 Jan 2016 07:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pathankot AirForce base under attack
Replies: 1213
Views: 52229

Re: Pathankot AirForce base under attack

Just a question for the knowledgeable folks. When sanitising such a big base as Pathankot, how do we ensure that terrorists don't double back/circle round into already sanitised areas, especially at night? Particularly when we don't know where they are? Do we have enough lighting available to ensure...
by Shanmukh
04 Jan 2016 10:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 4438
Views: 487763

Re: Internal Security Watch

sum wrote:^^ Looks like parts of WB are for all practical reasons a write off and cannot be considered part of India anymore! :( :(


It is even more true of Assam. Drive from Siliguri to Golaghat taking the route via Goalpara & Morigaon & you will see for yourself.
by Shanmukh
04 Jan 2016 10:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 4438
Views: 487763

Re: Internal Security Watch

@Surasena-garu Thanks for pointing out the Maldah business - it is very interesting. That `communal tension' is in the most Muslim part of Maldah. The Maldah district is ~50% Muslim, but this region east of the Ganga, & south of old Maldah, from Bamangram through Baliadanga to Sujapur is ~90% Mu...
by Shanmukh
03 Jan 2016 13:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pathankot AirForce base under attack
Replies: 1213
Views: 52229

Re: Pathankot AirForce base under attack

maxratul wrote:All TV channels shouting that we want to catch the terrorists alive. Truly the fifth column in this country. No understanding, no restraint, puts our boy's lives in risk.


Who is saying they want to catch the terrorists alive? Names, please?
by Shanmukh
03 Jan 2016 00:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pathankot AirForce base under attack
Replies: 1213
Views: 52229

Re: Pathankot AirForce base under attack

Out of curiosity, why didn't the terrorists come wearing saffron robes, Rakhis & RSS ids signed & stamped by Mohan Bhagwat, and having called some of our oh-so-secular media to photograph them before going on to attack the airbase? Have they given up the `Yindoo terror' plot so easily? Or ar...
by Shanmukh
02 Jan 2016 14:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pathankot AirForce base under attack
Replies: 1213
Views: 52229

Re: Pathankot AirForce base under attack

This is specifically directed to security knowledgeable folks like Rohit Vats-ji & Shiv-ji, How hard is it to take over (take over, not just destroy) a dozen (change this to any appropriate number) Pakistani border posts in PoK? Can we have a land (Pakistani land) for terror (Pakistani terror ag...
by Shanmukh
20 Dec 2015 01:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Levant crisis.(Israel,SYRIA,Lebanon,etc) - II
Replies: 4115
Views: 148199

Re: The Levant crisis.(Israel,SYRIA,Lebanon,etc) - II

Oh, I'm sure he is. :D I think I'll send him a Christmas card. Take it for what it's worth TSJ, but you're dead wrong on this one. He is secular and he's not a Sunni Muslim. If you have not already read up on this chap and his father may be worth your while. Or just watch the interviews he's given ...
by Shanmukh
18 Dec 2015 15:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Levant crisis.(Israel,SYRIA,Lebanon,etc) - II
Replies: 4115
Views: 148199

Re: The Levant crisis.(Israel,SYRIA,Lebanon,etc) - II

Guys - Turkey won't want to push too hard on the Shia-Sunni thing. There are ~10-15% of Turkish Shias & Alevis (some are Kurdish, but some are not) in Turkey itself. Getting not only the Kurds angry, but also the Alevis would be a monumentally stupid thing for even Erdogan to do. And you never k...
by Shanmukh
21 Aug 2015 16:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 4438
Views: 487763

Re: Internal Security Watch

Hindus attacked in Trikaripur (Kerala) over wearing Rakhi in school

http://www.janmabhumidaily.com/news313364

(Link in Malayam - gathered as much as I have from Google translate. Glad if some Malayalam knowledgeable folks post a summary of article).
by Shanmukh
10 Aug 2015 18:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Bangladesh News and Discussion
Replies: 2509
Views: 223908

Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Examining the Indo-Bangla Land Boundary Agreement - Indiafacts.co.in Its a very big and detailed article and it was penned by 2 our own BRFites. Well researched article. Good work overall. I have just two comments. 1. The article seemed to glance over is the access to North East. Developing and int...
by Shanmukh
25 Apr 2015 20:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: North East & Eastern Himalayan: News & Discussion
Replies: 1080
Views: 129003

Re: North East & Eastern Himalayan: News & Discussion

http://focusnews.com/india/after-long-peace-mizoram-facing-terror-again/14893/ After Long Peace, Mizoram Facing Terror Again Nearly 30 years after Mizoram embraced peace, there are signs that terrorism may be raising its “disturbing” head in the northeastern state bordering Myanmar and Bangladesh. ...
by Shanmukh
07 Apr 2015 08:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Buddhism - Socio Political Contributions
Replies: 444
Views: 14372

Re: Buddhism - Socio Political Contributions

If Rajeev Srinivasan & John Dalal are your sources, you should have said so. I have no wish to argue with either. The former is a conspiracy theorist, the latter is a traitor. If you have clear figures, post them. Otherwise, it is just conspiracy theory & hot air. I say Christians are 40% i...
by Shanmukh
07 Apr 2015 05:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Buddhism - Socio Political Contributions
Replies: 444
Views: 14372

Re: Buddhism - Socio Political Contributions

Doesn't add up. 68%+8%+14%=90%. Who are the other 10%? Also, IIRC, the government said Hindus are now 78.4% or something like that (or was it Firstpost speculation?). Finally, i will be very surprised if Christians have increased `hugely' in KL, even if there has been some substantial conversions i...
by Shanmukh
07 Apr 2015 05:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Buddhism - Socio Political Contributions
Replies: 444
Views: 14372

Re: Buddhism - Socio Political Contributions

From another forum Folks - the govt has not yet released the census 2011 numbers to public. I was told by a journo with Zee tv that the Xtian percentage has increased to a whopping 8 %. Apart from north east, TN, AP and Kerala saw a huge increase in their population for the decade of 2001 to 2011. ...
by Shanmukh
07 Apr 2015 03:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Buddhism - Socio Political Contributions
Replies: 444
Views: 14372

Re: Buddhism - Socio Political Contributions

For a change you are right. SL was 20% christian at the turn of the last century which has declined to 7%. We need Buddhism for strategic reasons in SE Asia - the only remaining bastion of non-Abrahamic faith in the world outside India. They are salivating at the prospects in SE Asia. If they succe...
by Shanmukh
27 Mar 2015 22:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion
Replies: 2532
Views: 258341

Re: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion

If I had to hedge money over a long term I would hedge against Israel..Not that I dislike em...swimming on black sea is an experience...Humus and falafal are yummy...and some of the smartest people in the world...but odds are aligned against them... If they have to go then its in our interest they ...
by Shanmukh
27 Mar 2015 16:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion
Replies: 2532
Views: 258341

Re: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion

@Karan M Saar, there is no need for US or EU to recruit anyone, either in Israel or abroad. There is a huge body of anti-Zionist & Leftist Jews, whose deracination is ten times worse than our Left's. See this article for how deracinated Jewish academia in Israel is. http://www.frontpagemag.com/2...
by Shanmukh
19 Mar 2015 07:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion
Replies: 2532
Views: 258341

Re: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion

Adam Silverman has been a generally reliable commentator, but I found this to be surprising: http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2015/03/one-state-a-challenge-to-american-foreign-policy-in-the-middle-east.html All three have indicated that Israel should annex the Palestinian territor...
by Shanmukh
18 Mar 2015 23:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion
Replies: 2532
Views: 258341

Re: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion

I'm sorry, the following is off-topic, by nageshks is attributing views to me that I have not expressed. No. The Jews did not get Israel peacefully, although creation of Israel (where before 1948, they bought most of the lands from absentee landlords of the then Ottoman Turkey & later the Briti...
by Shanmukh
18 Mar 2015 20:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion
Replies: 2532
Views: 258341

Re: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion

The Next Knesset - List of MKs

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340 ... 18,00.html

Surprised that Hadash (New) - it is a far Left Party - went with United Arab List (who are purely Arabs) and managed to grab 5 seats there.
by Shanmukh
18 Mar 2015 19:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion
Replies: 2532
Views: 258341

Re: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion

Enough said. Will not enter into the mythology of the peaceful creation of Israel with willing displacement of the Palestinian population, and how that is or is not different from a jihad against unbelievers. No. The Jews did not get Israel peacefully, although creation of Israel (where before 1948...
by Shanmukh
12 Mar 2015 18:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-EU News & Analysis
Replies: 1581
Views: 160314

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

I didn't make a sweeping generalization of Russia. You are putting words into my mouth. I said as a whole, Russia was more racist than US given the widespread racism experienced by the minorities in Russia and the lack of protection and law in Russia. Go look up news stories of Indian traders being...
by Shanmukh
10 Mar 2015 22:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-EU News & Analysis
Replies: 1581
Views: 160314

Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Tuvaluan, You need to stop being so angry all the time at the western world. In most of your posts, you just come across as an angry Indian man. This is just an isolated incident. I have been to Germany and met some wonderful people. I had a lovely time and never met any racist people. In fact, a g...
by Shanmukh
07 Mar 2015 19:53
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 1134178

Re: Managing Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

David Shambaugh predicts collapse of Communist China.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-coming- ... 1425659198

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