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by SriKumar
17 Aug 2011 05:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Telangana Monitor
Replies: 5661
Views: 363747

Re: Telangana Monitor

@SriKumar You make a lot of hypothetical questions. Separate telangana's only purpose is self rule. It wants to be ruled by the locals. That means all planning and administration(which includes 'jobs') will go to the people who are local to telangana. This should be self explanatory. Remember, TRS ...
by SriKumar
14 Aug 2011 19:27
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Telangana Monitor
Replies: 5661
Views: 363747

Re: Telangana Monitor

It's a sad situation. Congress doesn't care for either andhra or telangana. It only cares that it survives in the aftermath. I agree with the above. The Delhi congress does not seem to care about A.P. I have a simple question for the seemandhra folks here... You have a dilemma on your hands. Which ...
by SriKumar
13 Aug 2011 21:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Telangana Monitor
Replies: 5661
Views: 363747

Re: Telangana Monitor

^ well said. This is the exact reason why I was harsh on locals inviting external people to settle scores with their own. KCR just now said, why do we need a central govt if we can solve our problem among ourselves. In a sense he doesn't mind accepting (would he?) an unfavorable solution by an exte...
by SriKumar
13 Aug 2011 18:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Telangana Monitor
Replies: 5661
Views: 363747

Re: Telangana Monitor

Just an observation, take it for what it is worth. When I (try to) follow the political ferment over Telangana over the past 2-3 years, I get a sense of watching India's history move in extreme slow motion. It is like 2-3 years of events condense into 1 page of history, when the history of this peri...
by SriKumar
09 Aug 2011 20:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussion 9th Aug 2011
Replies: 2935
Views: 133526

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussion 9th Aug 2011

Saar, we should call off the tour citing security reasons onlee. Pay them back in their own coin, so to speak!! Then India would have lost the series 2-0, a margin that would guarantee them second spot. The strategy, in my opinion, should be to stay put, stiff upper lip and all, and send a message ...
by SriKumar
24 Jul 2011 17:37
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Discussion on Indian Epics, Texts, Treatises & Kathas
Replies: 4574
Views: 32708

Re: Discussion on Indian Epics, Texts, Treatises & Kathas

The vimana/shikhara of the Kalki temple by Raja Sawai Jai Singh takes off from the Khajuraho Kandariya Mahadev temple. This is great. So, his architects chose to pick up that architecture vs. other options. Comparing the two, one could determine whether the 18th century sculptors/architects did a be...
by SriKumar
23 Jul 2011 16:14
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Discussion on Indian Epics, Texts, Treatises & Kathas
Replies: 4574
Views: 32708

Re: Discussion on Indian Epics, Texts, Treatises & Kathas

A perfect disciple indeed. At the age of 39, he was already so fed up of material existence, he sat down in meditation and quit the body. I had actually meant my statement in the context of the ideal disciple as described by the Swamiji, and not to him directly, but yes, he no doubt he was an ideal...
by SriKumar
20 Jul 2011 04:40
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Discussion on Indian Epics, Texts, Treatises & Kathas
Replies: 4574
Views: 32708

Re: Discussion on Indian Epics, Texts, Treatises & Kathas

I see the guru-shishya relationship as more of a continuity of quest, like the genetic continuity and flourishing of the "inherited" material from father to son. ..... My experience and pre-existing knowledge can enrich and inspire their own individual quests, while I gain inspiration fro...
by SriKumar
18 Jul 2011 08:08
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Discussion on Indian Epics, Texts, Treatises & Kathas
Replies: 4574
Views: 32708

Re: Discussion on Indian Epics, Texts, Treatises & Kathas

Does not the guru lie inside ? ......A Guru has his or her own perceptions which may get encrusted on the process of your perceptions. This is an interesting point and speaks to a question I have. Within the hindu context, a guru is God. 'Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu Gurur devo Maheswara ....' we are ta...
by SriKumar
16 Jul 2011 15:43
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Education System
Replies: 3791
Views: 289601

Re: Indian Education System

The business model is the same as the IT industry. Use the lower cost economy of India to serve the global market. I suspect many of their students will be "internationals" either the Indian diaspora or otherwise that are looking for a deal on engineering education. Very interesting. Did ...
by SriKumar
16 Jul 2011 10:21
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Education System
Replies: 3791
Views: 289601

Re: Indian Education System

The startup package is 100K USD, a team of 2-4 can be hired, pay commensurate with international standards and is not an issue (50-60 USD p.a. should be par for the course), performance based incentives, acco in or out of the campus, etc. The first time I am seeing a seriously worthy ad from India ...
by SriKumar
16 Jul 2011 10:00
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread
Replies: 3908
Views: 770331

Re: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread

pics of the lch td2 in air, camo looks menacing, in pic4 it is hard to make out the LCH in the midst of the buildings Just Loving It! Here Comes LCH TD-2! Quite a set of pix. This digital camouflage thing makes my head spin. It is really amazing....not at all easy to spot it against plain (whitish)...
by SriKumar
12 Jul 2011 06:57
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indo-UK: News & Discussion
Replies: 3938
Views: 535654

Re: Indo-UK: News & Discussion

1908 Atlantic Magazine Article: The New Nationalist Movement in India A must read article on British Rule in India, Please read the full article to get a perspective on British rule in India. When I read articles from old magazines/newspapers like these, I wonder if there are not many more of such ...
by SriKumar
03 Jul 2011 21:45
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Physics Discussion Thread
Replies: 2649
Views: 151254

Re: Physics Thread.

AmberG, your questions remind me of that book Physics for Entertainment by Yakov Perelman. I bought the first volume but did not buy the second one. If I can find it now, I'd pay 100 times the amount that I bought it for, back then.. The book is available here online: http://www.archive.org/stream/...
by SriKumar
03 Jul 2011 20:18
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Physics Discussion Thread
Replies: 2649
Views: 151254

Re: Physics Thread.

On a semi-related note, I was trying to see why are mathematical manipulations important i.e. what is their sancitity.... Why would it even be interesting? Simply put, mathematical manipulations are interesting just because of our psychological urge in abstractions or generalizing things. Without q...
by SriKumar
02 Jul 2011 20:18
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Physics Discussion Thread
Replies: 2649
Views: 151254

Re: Physics Thread.

AmberG, your questions remind me of that book Physics for Entertainment by Yakov Perelman. I bought the first volume but did not buy the second one. If I can find it now, I'd pay 100 times the amount that I bought it for, back then. Speaking only for myself, I think a subject like physics is best in...
by SriKumar
02 Jul 2011 20:00
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Physics Discussion Thread
Replies: 2649
Views: 151254

Re: Physics Thread.

Well, the reasoning is quite simple really. Physics believes that the universe arose as described by big-bang cosmlogy. This event happened about 14 billion years ago, and the universe then evolved according to the laws of physics. No one will claim that *all* laws are known - the claim is that the...
by SriKumar
27 Jun 2011 07:14
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Physics Discussion Thread
Replies: 2649
Views: 151254

Re: Physics Thread.

It also gives an excellent (practical) way to experimentally verify the coulombs law ( or 1/r potential) to a very high precision. One simply measures field inside a charged metal sphere... absence of the field will verify Gauss's law, and this method is much more precise than, say, actually measur...
by SriKumar
27 Jun 2011 06:50
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Physics Discussion Thread
Replies: 2649
Views: 151254

Re: Physics Thread.

You are saying that the description could well have been "verbal", and that the only advantage math brings with it is the power to make predictions. However, this is not a minor advantage. Math can predict unobserved phenomena! No amount of verbal deduction could do that. Agreed, with the...
by SriKumar
26 Jun 2011 21:32
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Physics Discussion Thread
Replies: 2649
Views: 151254

Re: Physics Thread.

So, the question that troubles me is this: why do simple equations work in describing physics? Or, why do seemingly complex phenomena find explanation in simple mathematical equations? Take the solar system for example. The planets have complex orbits so at first glance it looks like a complicated ...
by SriKumar
25 Jun 2011 18:30
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Physics Discussion Thread
Replies: 2649
Views: 151254

Re: Physics Thread.

Bade, the potential is arbitrary. Its only claim to fame is that "it works" - there is no basis for it. Same is true for the inflationary potential in big bang cosmology. Exactly. Wouldn't this imply that the correlation between the potential equation and the physics it represents is arbi...
by SriKumar
19 Jun 2011 18:51
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Physics Discussion Thread
Replies: 2649
Views: 151254

Re: Physics Thread.

Well, no one bit, so here goes: Here's an essay I found sometime back that I thought was interesting and seemed to explain some questions I had about the nature of Math. On the Nature of Mathematics (my words here- and its relation to real world): http://santiago.mapache.org/nonfiction/essays/math.h...
by SriKumar
16 Jun 2011 06:04
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Physics Discussion Thread
Replies: 2649
Views: 151254

Re: Physics Thread.

For example, you can solve all electrostatic problems via the relaxation technique on a computer in microseconds. Given an arbitrary set of boundary conditions, a software package will be able to infer the potential in an arbitrarily large 3-D space. So, what is the worth of Laplace's equation toda...
by SriKumar
12 Jun 2011 08:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): May 30, 2011
Replies: 2853
Views: 255802

Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): May 30, 20

^^^^^ Warning. Some links have graphic images of people hit by the blast.
pgbhat, pliss to warn.
by SriKumar
04 Jun 2011 23:35
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 647847

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

Not really. The first loss was due to the Indian cryo not working. The second loss is due to the nature of the contract with Russia due to US sanctions. It was treated as black box. The loads due to larger fairing were second order loads that affected the shroud connector support. I think instead o...
by SriKumar
01 Jun 2011 07:40
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5780
Views: 594328

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

The black box for the ill-fated Air France flight was recovered recently and investigators have started accessing the data. A preliminary report was released to public. Air France 447 black boxes reveal new details from doomed flight This article has a link to a pdf file of the report released by BE...
by SriKumar
28 May 2011 20:04
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Education System
Replies: 3791
Views: 289601

Re: Indian Education System

Exams are an efficient (albeit imperfect) way to filter the ordinary from the talented but cannot be considered an unbiased estimator of talent. This is another basic aspect of the desi landscape that I wish would change. Topping tough exams is seen as the be-all and end-all of high achievement. Yo...
by SriKumar
28 May 2011 19:36
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Education System
Replies: 3791
Views: 289601

Re: Indian Education System

Very weak and inarticulate sounding. Total absence of the expected wit, verve, humour and incisiveness one would expect, in some measure, from such a bright person. Not to belabor the point but the JEE exam is purely about a theoretical knowledge in physics, chemistry and mathematics at a high-scho...
by SriKumar
24 May 2011 08:26
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Distorted history- Causes, consequences, remedies
Replies: 4186
Views: 65135

Re: Distorted history- Causes, consequences, remedies

Many documents in Modi are eaten by termites, such is the condition.. If nothing is done, within 10 years, we will loose a very big and vital chunk of Indian history for ever, due to our own negligence.. Atriji, I have been thining on the same lines for the past few weeks, ever since the Delhi BRF ...
by SriKumar
23 May 2011 04:19
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Education System
Replies: 3791
Views: 289601

Re: Indian Education System

Engineering is a loser's field in the USA, because fields like financial engineering :P offer better rewards. The field is reserved mostly for first and second generation immigrants who are looking for jobs with little risk. I agree with the bold-faced part (not with the other part because immigran...
by SriKumar
20 May 2011 21:53
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): May 8, 2011
Replies: 2866
Views: 241167

Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): May 8, 201

"normal that indians who have moved to the US have to be seen to be MUTU, whilst in the UK indians can have much more of an open attitude. so the approach to sell the message has to be different to each market" I see what you are saying, but then, what about the connection between America...
by SriKumar
20 May 2011 21:38
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): May 8, 2011
Replies: 2866
Views: 241167

Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): May 8, 201

the other thing to remember is that becoming american requires almost a formal renunciation of the previous nationality and culture (whilst keeping some elements of it), and there is a strong expectation of fitting in and being one of the average joes - little league, hot dogs, giants, etc. etc..; ...
by SriKumar
01 Apr 2011 05:48
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: The Cricket World Cup Thread
Replies: 8255
Views: 348600

Re: The Cricket Thread

I thank MSD and all Indian players for not allowing the [Pakistan team] to make a trip into mumbai ever again. Please imagine the scene-Pakis winning the cup in Mumbai and all candlewallahs appaluding and other Pakis insulting Indians on the net. It would have looked like a victory of adharma over ...
by SriKumar
10 Mar 2011 08:16
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): Feb. 12, 2011
Replies: 2857
Views: 266730

Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): Feb. 12, 2

One good thing from that article was that 'Aman ki Asha' campaign has now concluded. The American-sponsored programme has run out of steam and even fabricated statistics and opinion polls could not make any dent. At the risk of sounding overly like sri acharya this was just a sociological experimen...
by SriKumar
08 Mar 2011 09:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Telangana Monitor
Replies: 5661
Views: 363747

Re: Telangana Monitor

the Chenchus, at least in Hyd, are mostly involved in hard labor. from what I gather, their economic/financial situation until 20 years ago was pretty bad. So the chenchus are not truly belonging there because they came in recently. Who else fits that category? Hyderabadis who speak Telugu with an ...
by SriKumar
08 Mar 2011 06:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Telangana Monitor
Replies: 5661
Views: 363747

Re: Telangana Monitor

Look at it this way... Why Telugus united every time the opposition waned? I see it as that Telugus were separated only for 1625 years in its eternal history. If you read Kota Venkatachalam garu, you will see that Andhra kingdom started millions of years ago by Andhra, son of Yayati... What forced ...
by SriKumar
19 Feb 2011 08:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Telangana Monitor
Replies: 5661
Views: 363747

Re: Telangana Monitor

TRS goons manhandled LokSatta MLA JP in the Assembly premises today, driver of an MLA hit him in his head from behind. Such a sad day for democracy Met Dr. Jaya Prakash once at a seminar...... a cultured and thoughtful person incapable of inflicting physical harm on anyone. An anti-politician among...
by SriKumar
10 Feb 2011 08:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat
Replies: 2442
Views: 334943

Re: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat-2

these articles on the Maratha princely states established in Central India span the post-Shivaji times and lead up to Indian Independence. Indore [/url] I was recently reading about the history of Rani Ahilya bai Holkar of Indore/Maheshwar. It is quite a story.... she ought be, IMHO, recognized as ...
by SriKumar
01 Jan 2011 23:04
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 647847

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

The cause effect direction should be easy enough to debug, right. If telemetry data shows attitude errors growing and the control signals transmitted for correction, which means connectors were still intact and were destroyed along with rest of the rocket. Exactly. It is easy for them to know wheth...
by SriKumar
30 Dec 2010 20:52
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 647847

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

Well what do we have here! Snapping of 10 connectors led to GSLV failiure ... As many as ten connectors between the second and cryogenic third stage had snapped, resulting in non-receipt of commands from onboard computers to strap-on motors in the first stage leading to disintegration of the Geosta...

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