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by Cyrano
14 Mar 2021 00:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 5676
Views: 1148707

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

With eye on China, Quad nations to tie up in rare earths: Report TOKYO: The United States, Japan, India and Australia will work together to secure rare earth metals that are essential to the production of electric car motors and other products, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Thursday. The four-na...
by Cyrano
11 Mar 2021 22:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 5676
Views: 1148707

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

We need to watch this again and again. The most cogent explanation of why the Chinese have been aggressive in Ladakh by Ambassador Stobdan (a Ladhaki) and wisest advice on how to counter it not just by military means, but with narrative based on history, and with culture based on a fine understandi...
by Cyrano
11 Mar 2021 22:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3642
Views: 780692

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

We need to watch this again and again. The most cogent explanation of why the Chinese have been aggressive in Ladakh by Ambassador Stobdan (a Ladhaki) and wisest advice on how to counter it not just by military means, but with narrative based on history, and with culture based on a fine understandi...
by Cyrano
11 Mar 2021 18:13
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Urban Development and Public Policy Discussion
Replies: 516
Views: 84392

Re: Indian Urban Development and Public Policy Discussion

India's urban development woes are not just about capital intensive or labour intensive development. Its due to piss poor urban planning and near zero effective IMPLEMENTATION of even existing rules. Every political party has feasted on conversion of suburban agricultural lands into residential/indu...
by Cyrano
11 Mar 2021 17:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 5183
Views: 817556

Re: Internal Security Watch

I notice a subtle change in the recent articles from Print, Wire etc. Earlier it was direct forces bashing or demeaning their capabilities. Remember how IAF was hounded for "proof" that Balakot actually killed jehadis, and some had questioned if the strikes even happened ? They stopped tha...
by Cyrano
11 Mar 2021 17:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Social Media Watch Thread
Replies: 503
Views: 54134

Re: Social Media Watch Thread

SIgned up on Koo from PC. Koo app not available in my locale. Koo needs to build a lot of new user momentum in the next 3 months. Else interest will fizzle and it will be very hard to bounce back.
by Cyrano
11 Mar 2021 17:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 10207
Views: 1185412

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Pfizer has been extremely haughty, always seeking exceptions and special treatment. Is there a need for GoI to accommodate its demands ? I don't think so.
by Cyrano
11 Mar 2021 16:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3530
Views: 373986

Re: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Deleted . There’s already been a mod note on derailing thread with this.
by Cyrano
11 Mar 2021 16:27
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3611
Views: 924448

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Interior of the Scorpene Class boat in the Indian Navy... https://twitter.com/ThingsNavy/status/1365271238134833155?s=20 ---> Francisi military maal is always high on reliability, fit, finish, practicality and ergonomics. Like the Rafale cockpit or Leclerc tank interiors. Their cars from Renault &a...
by Cyrano
10 Mar 2021 14:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Women in Combat
Replies: 562
Views: 89959

Re: Women in Combat

darshan, asgkhan, Going by your biased view (can't call it logic) only Haryanvi Jats or Punjabi Sikhs should be in SF, since they confirm to your Schwarzenegger image, and there is no place for a southie Swarnashekhar or a NE Mary Kom or a Gurhka since significant raw strength differential may exist...
by Cyrano
09 Mar 2021 01:05
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3530
Views: 373986

Re: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Part of the difficulty in characterising today's BJP (considering the last 6 years) is that some of the biggest steps it has taken and implemented have been kind of thrust upon it, due to monumental inaction of previous govts, especially the Congress. Modi himself thanked the congress and opposition...
by Cyrano
09 Mar 2021 00:27
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 3496
Views: 663416

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

They must have got paid a royal sum for the interview... smart couple.
by Cyrano
08 Mar 2021 23:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Women in Combat
Replies: 562
Views: 89959

Re: Women in Combat

Women can be as tough as men in high stress, high risk situations. While men may draw their strength from inner aggression and desire to dominate and defeat, women draw their strength from their instinct to protect and tenacity. Both have their place and can complement each other in a host of situat...
by Cyrano
08 Mar 2021 23:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3530
Views: 373986

Re: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Each year in France the whole country slows down during summer holidays for about 6 weeks, mid-July to end of Aug. During this lull, all major political parties organise their own 2 week "summer university" where thought leaders present analyses, policy papers and debate future course of a...
by Cyrano
08 Mar 2021 22:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3642
Views: 780692

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

Gents, Its been 2 weeks since the ceasefire agreement on LoC came into effect, and the good news is that we have not heard of any complaints of violation of this ceasefire from either side. Our border troops can get some R&R, equipment and facilities like sangars, bunkers, depots and forward bas...
by Cyrano
08 Mar 2021 17:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 3780
Views: 763378

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

As soon as released, they will run and join their buddies in other cities like Hyd, or go to Kerala, WB etc. A Sr police officer was caught with multiple illegally issued passports for such people in Hyd just a few days ago. EAM Jaishankar has visited BD last week, to prepare the upcoming visit of P...
by Cyrano
08 Mar 2021 17:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 10207
Views: 1185412

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Good to see India upping the ante through the Quad. India seeks funds from Quad alliance to match China's vaccine push: Source NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON: India has urged the United States, Japan and Australia to invest in its vaccine production capacity, an Indian government source told Reuters, as the s...
by Cyrano
08 Mar 2021 16:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1094
Views: 207743

Re: The IAF History Thread

Legendary WWI fighter pilot Hardit Singh’s statue to be erected in Britain TNN | Mar 6, 2021, 11.59 PM IST LONDON: A statue of the first Indian fighter pilot of Royal Flying Corps, Hardit Singh Malik, known as the ‘Flying Sikh’, will be erected in Southampton as a tribute to all black and ethnic co...
by Cyrano
07 Mar 2021 23:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 5841
Views: 848597

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Aren't there Defense committees in the Congress and Senate? Wouldn't the supreme commander taking them into confidence be enough in many cases where its not a whole new war or opening a new theatre ?
by Cyrano
07 Mar 2021 17:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 10207
Views: 1185412

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

The French can take some comfort from the fact that vaccine rollout is no better on the other side of the Rhine !

Germany should have led the world at handling the pandemic. But experts slam Merkel's vaccine response as a disaster
by Cyrano
07 Mar 2021 17:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 5841
Views: 848597

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Eh....... whose side is KH on ?!
by Cyrano
07 Mar 2021 17:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Order of Battle (ORBAT)
Replies: 30
Views: 4664

Re: China Order of Battle (ORBAT)

Gents, hope this is the right thread to post this: China has built the world's largest navy. Now what's Beijing going to do with it? https://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/210303030926-02-china-world-largest-navy-super-169.jpg In this April 12, 2018, file photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chines...
by Cyrano
07 Mar 2021 02:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 10207
Views: 1185412

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Well, at 52 million adults that's about 1/20th the population of an India or China, so 100k a day would be like 2 million a day proportionally. Also, I thought like half of the French don't even want the vaccination at all? At 100K/day we will need 500 days, thats a year and a half encore ! No one ...
by Cyrano
07 Mar 2021 01:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Interests_2
Replies: 178
Views: 39760

Re: Indian Interests_2

Suraj ji, I found the article's tone a bit dry and needed some focus on the part of the reader to read fully and appreciate. Which I mustered and was therefore able to appreciate it. May be you chose not to be as eloquent as you are capable of being, to focus on the facts and the essential argument....
by Cyrano
07 Mar 2021 00:50
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Personal Health, Nutrition and Fitness Thread
Replies: 50
Views: 2703

Re: Personal Health, Nutrition and Fitness Thread

Its actually a good question when someone says "What about eating plants ? Are you not killing them?". They are justifying their killing by saying you too are killing in some way or the other. I ask them then why do we not eat our pets or other humans ? Why do we feel that a line needs to ...
by Cyrano
06 Mar 2021 19:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Social Media Watch Thread
Replies: 503
Views: 54134

Re: Social Media Watch Thread

Actually adding teeth coz SC asked for it is to deflect "authoritarian" labelling. Why this govt treads so carefully ?!
by Cyrano
06 Mar 2021 19:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 5841
Views: 848597

Re: Understanding the US - Again

So if American soldiers or civilian lives are in danger, POTUS has to wait for congress to convene, debate and decide before he can act to save lives ? This bill is a waste of time. Being in congress doesnt guarantee common sense.
by Cyrano
06 Mar 2021 18:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 10207
Views: 1185412

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Cyranoji, we already did 1.39M a day, see above. You have to hand it to the Americans, inspite of using a more difficult to transport vaccine, they have ramped up steeply and have gone to 80M. We should catch them up in a month though... Unke pas (a)MA(zon) hai :wink: But India has to, and do even ...
by Cyrano
06 Mar 2021 18:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 10207
Views: 1185412

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Unfathomable why there is so much complexity in getting organised and administering vaccinations in EU even today, especially in France where 52M adults need to be vaccinated, which is a fraction of India's population. First vaccinations started around Jan 3rd, now 2 months later we are barely hitti...
by Cyrano
06 Mar 2021 17:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 10207
Views: 1185412

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

My parents got vaccinated yesterday in Hyd at a local private hospital which is close by. Not a lot of wait but steady stream of visitors through out the day. No prior registration on Arogyasetu is needed. Adhaar card is required. Multiple kiosks are setup where patients are registered, then passed ...
by Cyrano
06 Mar 2021 15:20
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Urban Development and Public Policy Discussion
Replies: 516
Views: 84392

Re: Indian Urban Development and Public Policy Discussion

University campuses in main citues (like JNU) account for 1000s of acres in porche and populated areas of South Delhi. It is similar for other tier-1 cities and universities. This forces people to reside in outskirts due to high prices and takes up a lot of space in these congested areas. I think g...
by Cyrano
06 Mar 2021 00:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3530
Views: 373986

Re: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Suraj,

A slightly different take on Indian nationalism :

In defence of rooted Indian nationalism by Abhinav Prakash Singh who makes some good points.
by Cyrano
05 Mar 2021 18:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3530
Views: 373986

Re: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Suraj wrote:With JE Menon’s support, I had my first article published on SwarajyaMag:
Why BJP Should Be Considered A Hindu Democratic Party


Excellent piece Suraj ! Deserves a far wider dissemination that what Swarajyamag attracts.
by Cyrano
05 Mar 2021 17:48
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Personal Health, Nutrition and Fitness Thread
Replies: 50
Views: 2703

Re: Personal Health, Nutrition and Fitness Thread

Here you go: https://ourworldindata.org/meat-production China's appetite for meat has skyrocketed since the sixties. Next place is US, but far behind China. NOTE: This doesn't include fish and seafood, which China catches in huge quantities with gigantic trawlers in almost every ocean and also impor...
by Cyrano
05 Mar 2021 16:24
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Personal Health, Nutrition and Fitness Thread
Replies: 50
Views: 2703

Re: Personal Health, Nutrition and Fitness Thread

It seems like a myth to me that a vegetarian diet is deficient in protein. Various types of lentils, milk, curds, paneer, various types of beans, peas, nuts etc are good sources of protein. There are other exotic sources like spirulina, quinoa, oats, wild rice, chia etc etc. If you are OK with eggs,...
by Cyrano
04 Mar 2021 01:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2021 Five State Elections
Replies: 654
Views: 104237

Re: 2021 Five State Elections

You may recollect that Sonia Gandhi went to the US a few months ago for some treatment, she hasn't made any public appearances since then. She is three quarters there and has probably thrown in the towel due to health reasons. That leaves Pappu Baba and Mrs Vadra in charge of the enormous moolah tha...
by Cyrano
04 Mar 2021 01:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 5676
Views: 1148707

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

Thankfully here are two opinion pieces in the Hindustan Times that get it right:

Why 2021 political rhetoric is no match for 1962 fighting in Ladakh by Shishir Gupta

and

Disengagement will not lead to friendship by Jayadeva Ranade
by Cyrano
04 Mar 2021 00:11
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Personal Health, Nutrition and Fitness Thread
Replies: 50
Views: 2703

Re: Personal Health, Nutrition and Fitness Thread

There are all kinds of observational studies in this field that are peddled as "research" by proponents of every type of food or method. Its very hard to distinguish stuff from fluff. At least for me.

I like how this doctor explains the subject of studies itself:

by Cyrano
03 Mar 2021 19:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 5676
Views: 1148707

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

What Delhi must do to make sure it isn’t caught off-guard by China again Relief at disengagement must be tempered by the fact that it is just the latest act in the ongoing drama being played out by China. - Retd. Admiral Arun Prakash The nation heaved a collective sigh of relief as the Indian and C...

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