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by SriKumar
18 Aug 2007 19:13
Forum: Military History Archive
Topic: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat
Replies: 360
Views: 135521

And finally, when Islam successfully conquered and converted entire countries from Morocco to Indonesia, why did they fail to do the same in India?? Good question. It intrigued me for years. Hindus are the only civilisation in the world that could survive a 600-year-long brutal occupation by the me...
by SriKumar
09 Jun 2007 11:59
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 288
Views: 102888

in a company that does not have a history of research the dedication to required by the top management to do r&d may be lacking. the mindset of these people would need to go through some drastic changes. that is not easy. I agree that R&D is a different mindset which is not a mere extension...
by SriKumar
09 Jun 2007 09:53
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 288
Views: 102888

DRDO and profit ?? it's a R&D organisation buddy, it doesn't produce anything to sell for a profit and nor is it meant to. My point exactly. I fully understand what DRDO is about. My above comment was in response to your comment about company R&D budgets being low. It seems like you have no...
by SriKumar
09 Jun 2007 09:32
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 288
Views: 102888

Sure they dont spend much of their own money on research, but neither does DRDO. It is GOI taxpayer money. that really doesn't mean anything !! and I didn't question ability of some pvt players to make it big in the future. my point was they were sure not going to contribute anything substantial no...
by SriKumar
09 Jun 2007 08:56
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 288
Views: 102888

right kind of people constitute only one requirement for a succesful organisation. risk taking ability and attitude towards research constitue some of the other essential requirements. Sure, but R&D units in companies provide that kind of environment. And populating them with engineers with a r...
by SriKumar
08 Jun 2007 08:38
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 288
Views: 102888

If the Government does indeed comply with the Sengupta Recommendations and grants the RUR Company's all the rights the likes of Govt owned org's enjoy it could very well be the beginning of the end of the DRDO in its present form. It could work out for the best and structural reforms for the Govt o...
by SriKumar
09 Apr 2007 00:59
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 10
Replies: 377
Views: 105249

Brief!!!! :shock: Before you argue anymore, please go down and visit all of Ashoka's writings [atleast]. And figure it out yourself how "brief" they are! Till that time pointing out to you about those historical records will be like the classic case of bringing the donkey to the well but ...
by SriKumar
08 Apr 2007 20:19
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 10
Replies: 377
Views: 105249

Rakesh, From my perspective, which I hope, correctly reflects the perspectives of most others on this forum, the arrival and the life of St. Thomas in India was a completely peaceful affair, whereas the arrival of Islamic armies (starting with Ghazni, then Ghori, Aibak, Khilji, Tughluqs and then Bab...
by SriKumar
07 Apr 2007 07:10
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 10
Replies: 377
Views: 105249

writing on historical and social conditions is pre suppossed not to be in the form of poetry.However, that does not mean any poetry is *not* a commentary on the existing social conditions. If poetry (romantic or otherwise) was woven with social customs/mores, that obfuscates. It becomes subject to ...
by SriKumar
07 Apr 2007 03:59
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 10
Replies: 377
Views: 105249

According to Megasthenes , philosophers - whether Brahmins or Jain/Buddhist monks also had obligations in terms of offering advice to the ruler in matters of public policy, agriculture, health and culture. (While early Gupta period records indicate the existence of rural consultative councils ........
by SriKumar
06 Apr 2007 20:47
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 10
Replies: 377
Views: 105249

Re: Religion Thread - 10

Your and Valkan's exchanges on Vedanta were a delight to read. But the usual distractions like beef-eating and caste rants have degenerated the thread. So, I believe you get my drift as who were the ones driving 10 pages discussion (or distractions :) ). My thought is that what we call 'distraction...
by SriKumar
06 Apr 2007 19:59
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 10
Replies: 377
Views: 105249

What about the Upanishads which use the dialog method- eg. Nachiketa? Indian traditions too use the dialog method. Even Mahatma used the technique in Hind Swaraj. Indian thought process lends itself to the Q&A type of discourse. Not having formally read philosohpy, I was/am on relatively unfami...
by SriKumar
06 Apr 2007 19:29
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 10
Replies: 377
Views: 105249

Re: Religion Thread - 10

The series of threads on religion was started to explore the possibility of discussing dispassionately the strategic threats posed by religion to India. My 2 cents worth response, at large: Agreed that the thread topic was specific (data on strategic threats posed by religion) and the tone was supp...
by SriKumar
02 Apr 2007 08:40
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion thread - 7
Replies: 371
Views: 76137

My point about "faith" is not to claim it is useless. IMO vedanta is based on "experiences" of the upanishadic Rishis. To have a "faith" in those experiences as axioms, and to derive a philosophical system from those experiences taken as axioms is just fine. My objecti...
by SriKumar
02 Apr 2007 05:54
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion thread - 7
Replies: 371
Views: 76137

Srikumar - at the risk of going OT, from the link you posted, I can count only eight (or nine states) with restriction on selling hard liquor on sundays. even among these eight or nine, most allow consumption of alcohol in a restaurant (acompanied by food). So the religous oppression if any is negl...
by SriKumar
02 Apr 2007 05:39
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion thread - 7
Replies: 371
Views: 76137

[ Nope. I dont know of many states that have state-run liqour shops (personally know exactly one). THere are many states where liquor is banned on Sundays in private shops. See this link. Search for keyword: Sunday. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquor_store Srikumar, In PA, its the state run PLCB h...
by SriKumar
01 Apr 2007 21:46
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion thread - 7
Replies: 371
Views: 76137

May be A can't deny the subject in himself. But B can deny the subject in A. Illogical statement, as usual. The AXIOM ( unprovable ) in the above statement is that A and B are BOTH existing. I am going to fire and run :D! Methinks the above is i) based on an axiom of some sort, ii) but is not illog...
by SriKumar
01 Apr 2007 21:30
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion thread - 7
Replies: 371
Views: 76137

Srikumar, please look at the following example. May be A can't deny the subject in himself. But B can deny the subject in A. Budhist shunyavAda constructed a logical system denying everything, i.e. everything is shunya, the object, the observer, the observation and even Wikipedia. In that system ev...
by SriKumar
01 Apr 2007 20:57
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion thread - 7
Replies: 371
Views: 76137

I asked you to point out ANY axioms that I have used thus far. I state it once again,- I have used NONE. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Let me put it this way. If you haven't used "axioms" then your construction is not logical. Period. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logic From the above 'If' , it seems...
by SriKumar
31 Mar 2007 07:48
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 6
Replies: 323
Views: 63077

Agreed that it is difficult to objectively measure happiness and I cannot supply proof, but would you not agree that there are swamijis/yogis who own nothing and are happy? The KNOWLEDGE that 'I am Satyam-Jnanam-Anantam Brahman' will dispel that ignorance about my Self, and remove the root problem ...
by SriKumar
30 Mar 2007 07:14
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 6
Replies: 323
Views: 63077

This thread's galloping at 1001 mph. Actually the words Anantam and Anandam are identical,- Anantam Eva Anandam. 'Unhappiness' is caused by some limitations imposed upon you. If only you were not limited by money and resources , you could obtain all the goodies that would make you happy. If only you...
by SriKumar
10 Feb 2007 11:48
Forum: Military Expositions Archive
Topic: Aero India 2007 - Photo Thread
Replies: 345
Views: 107315

On page 2 of the pics. above, there's one that says 'Shiv Aroor visits BR'. Was that actually so? If so, was there any free and frank 'exchange of views' on his recent coverage of DRDO?
by SriKumar
17 Jan 2007 08:50
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Higher Education: How to create more Phds in India?
Replies: 120
Views: 23905

Are there any high-caliber researchers in India today? And by high-caliber, we should also include the many nameless and unknown engineers/researchers doing the drudge work in the labs who do not have their names in the newspaper. Do you mean like highly cited researchers ? This listed is not compr...
by SriKumar
06 Jan 2007 06:25
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Higher Education: How to create more Phds in India?
Replies: 120
Views: 23905

MMS talks about funding Sci/Tech. This may be a good sign, or it could be one more of those things that all agree need to be done, but nothing happens. http://www.hindu.com/2007/01/04/stories/2007010410550100.htm Posting 'The Hindu' article in full: CHIDAMBARAM (TAMIL NADU): Prime Minister Manmohan ...
by SriKumar
04 Jan 2007 01:25
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India-US Nuclear Deal continued
Replies: 285
Views: 61828

From the article:
This is why Pakistan is apoplectic, the non-proliferation fundamentalists are enraged
Non-proliferation ayatollahs or wot :?:
by SriKumar
02 Jan 2007 00:10
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Higher Education: How to create more Phds in India?
Replies: 120
Views: 23905

.......... The thread topic is about how to increase # of Ph.Ds in India..... The thread will be more focussed with a bit of detail. Right now there are (valid, IMO) questions raised about what is the best way to spend education money (high-school vs. Ph.d) Mere increase in the supply of PH.D.s wil...
by SriKumar
29 Dec 2006 23:17
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Higher Education: How to create more Phds in India?
Replies: 120
Views: 23905

Sukhdev: The purpose of the thread is not super-clear. The thread topic is about how to increase # of Ph.Ds in India. Would it be possible to provide more detail on what you actually want to do? It is not clear whether this is something you are doing: a) to collect information to write an article in...
by SriKumar
29 Dec 2006 23:12
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Higher Education: How to create more Phds in India?
Replies: 120
Views: 23905

A Ph.D. is just a scrap of paper if the title holder cannot think for themselves independently and solve problems in a hands-on manner, and express their views and vision clearly. Hopefully, all the years of agony and self-doubt will translate to concrete abilities based on training in critical thi...
by SriKumar
29 Dec 2006 02:49
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Higher Education: How to create more Phds in India?
Replies: 120
Views: 23905

Guru Gobin dono khade.... nicely done ... Advait version onlee ... :) Alright guys, ya got me started. What did ya learn in high school? And how good is the memory? . Next doha in that list: 2. Yeh tan vish ki belari, Guru Amrit ki Khan. Sees diya jo guru mila..... and complete this line! 3. Guru k...
by SriKumar
28 Dec 2006 03:43
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Higher Education: How to create more Phds in India?
Replies: 120
Views: 23905

Bade, what time zone are you in.....? Or is it the case that you need a dash of Scotch to help you sleep :D ? If so, try Red Label. 1.How is it that China manages to produce such large number of Phds and we dont? Many of these students branch out into interdisciplinary areas soon after landing in th...
by SriKumar
28 Dec 2006 00:33
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Higher Education: How to create more Phds in India?
Replies: 120
Views: 23905

the 3 reasons I know for going to grad school are as follows: 1. a burning desire to learn more and indulge in research. 2. a perception that the advanced degree will help get a better job with more money. 3. procrastination ... don't wanna face real life, so a teaching assistantship sounds like a ...
by SriKumar
28 Dec 2006 00:24
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Higher Education: How to create more Phds in India?
Replies: 120
Views: 23905

Just yesterday there was a news item that all the IITs requested GoI/MHR to reserve 25% seats for foreign students in masters program. They want to do that to create diversity and fill up the available seats that are going vacant every year. So even IITs are having problem filling up available seat...
by SriKumar
27 Dec 2006 22:22
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Higher Education: How to create more Phds in India?
Replies: 120
Views: 23905

Re: Higher Education: How to create more Phds in India?

Every year about 60,000 students leave for US for higher education. That is an indicator that there is a sizeable number of people who are willing to go for higher education and are willing to pay big money for it. To start with I pose a few questions: 1.How is it that China manages to produce such...
by SriKumar
06 Dec 2006 05:25
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Strategic Implications of India's ABM Test
Replies: 322
Views: 84478

IRoT cannot win the war, they now want to try and win Kashmir through peace. IRot has known for decades it cannot win a shooting war with India. So, they send in their jehadis. As for them wanting to win it via peace, I'll believe that when their minions stop blowing up people, trains and temples i...
by SriKumar
06 Dec 2006 03:55
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Strategic Implications of India's ABM Test
Replies: 322
Views: 84478

Did anyone notice this news??? Pake Ready to Give up Kashmir : Mushy 8) If you go beyond the headline and see his proposals, at this NDTV link: http://tinyurl.com/ydr4et the idea of giving up on plebiscite is deja vu all over again. Check this link dated Dec 19, 2003. Daily Times. http://www.dailyt...
by SriKumar
04 Dec 2006 01:06
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Strategic Implications of India's ABM Test
Replies: 322
Views: 84478

Srikumar - India has always been willing to be nuked. This is why we have the NFU. I agree, but the situation you refer to is in the endgame. If Pakistan launched a nuke, everyone knows it is all-out war and the final battle has begun. What I am refering to is whether the shield has any bearing on ...
by SriKumar
04 Dec 2006 00:56
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Strategic Implications of India's ABM Test
Replies: 322
Views: 84478

SHould the shield become active in the projected 3 years it will substantially negate the paki threat of nuke strikes on Indian cities... ... Exactly. It will 'substantially' negate, and not completely eliminate. It is perhaps impossible to ask for a total guarantee. So, the policy planners have to...
by SriKumar
04 Dec 2006 00:44
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Strategic Implications of India's ABM Test
Replies: 322
Views: 84478

Is it necessary for a pre-emptive strike against Pakistani's nukes to be nuclear in nature? If the answer is no, then, the ABM destroys whatever status quo the Pakistanis and Chinese have relied on, without even changing the GOI's fundamental doctrine. Not sure if this was in respose to my post. As...
by SriKumar
04 Dec 2006 00:17
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Strategic Implications of India's ABM Test
Replies: 322
Views: 84478

You are on the right track. But you missed the final point. The efficiency of our missile defence will open up the possibility of bankruptcy. Adversary still has to walk through that door. But he won't. So, what are the other options available to him?Suing for peace means coming closer to India's p...
by SriKumar
03 Dec 2006 09:30
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Strategic Implications of India's ABM Test
Replies: 322
Views: 84478

Pakistan can of course increase the size, not the quality of its arsenal. But doing requires money. Something pakistan does not have a lot of. Building 20 nukes annually requires an infrastructure worth several billions. Building 100 nukes pr year will require tens of billions of dollars of infrast...

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