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by ShauryaT
07 Apr 2007 11:08
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 10
Replies: 377
Views: 92661

And I was hoping that there is a hindu renaisance....give up the battle, even before it starts....sigh :x Hi ShauryaT, The Hindu renaisance is begining, built on the back of a prosperous nation. Do you feel it? Samuel, It is way too late and it will be difficult to cover 101's of the concept of Akh...
by ShauryaT
07 Apr 2007 10:36
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 10
Replies: 377
Views: 92661

The point is, can we have a narrative be about what we actually are and aspire to be, not what we were (unless of course, what we aspire is Akhand Bharath, and an extra 300million of our Muslim-upon-Sindhu and Muslim-e-Bangla to help shape the demographics of India, heck lets throw in Afghanistan t...
by ShauryaT
07 Apr 2007 02:28
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 10
Replies: 377
Views: 92661

AnanadK, As usual, excellent post. Some more on the Post Gupta period and the influence of the changing landscape of the social-political context, the march of Islam and the codification by the British. Apologies to all for the long post, there simply is not a single link to explain it all. Hope it ...
by ShauryaT
05 Apr 2007 04:28
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 9
Replies: 326
Views: 63509

Do we really need to reinvent the wheel with a new slogan to sell Hinduism? Hinduism = Sanatan Dharma = Eternal Truth. What we really need is an Advaita for dummies, so that when the subsequent questions are asked, what does it mean - there is a clear and unambiguous answer, which every 8th grader c...
by ShauryaT
04 Apr 2007 08:05
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 8
Replies: 320
Views: 56956

3. The US system actually works well. Church and state are reasonably separate.... The US system works well today becuase they kept working at it till the 1960's. It is also a system borne out of the unique experiences of the people belonging, largley to the christian faith and of european descent....
by ShauryaT
04 Apr 2007 00:54
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 8
Replies: 320
Views: 56956

I think it is defacto . By controlling the trusts that have the capital it effectively prevents the enjoyment of Constituional rights . It doesnt have to explicitly state it. And might not . So it can challenged in courts? Any constitutional experts....??? No expert here but article 30 of the const...
by ShauryaT
03 Apr 2007 21:42
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 8
Replies: 320
Views: 56956

pradeepe wrote:IIRC, "socialist" has been dropped a long time ago. Will look up the preamble again.
What the 42nd added in the preamble, was not what was amended in the 43rd or 44th or subsequently, to my knowledge.
by ShauryaT
03 Apr 2007 20:52
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 8
Replies: 320
Views: 56956

Calvin, Let me try to answer your questions in my own way. >>Ok, Ok, but who is going to determine what the Dharma should be? People will, through their representatives and through the structures of governance. >>Is this going to be an individual who sits in a Court of Law? Certainly, one of the tes...
by ShauryaT
03 Apr 2007 20:39
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 8
Replies: 320
Views: 56956

Sadler, any pointers to the differences? So far, the books I have provide a certain unity of flow between the old testament, the bible and the Quran.

TIA.
by ShauryaT
03 Apr 2007 07:26
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 8
Replies: 320
Views: 56956

The path forward can be based on (a) "faith" that dharma will do right by the individual; (b) determination of basic (and perhaps even limited) "red-lines" that will never be crossed (my favorite ones are - right to sustain one's own life; right to one's life work - i.e., proper...
by ShauryaT
03 Apr 2007 04:00
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 8
Replies: 320
Views: 56956

For example when (Mulayam or Laloo?)Yadav called for a major effort to import in to India cattle from Europe that were to be destroyed to stem the spread of mad cow disease - were there significant groups within Indian and Hindu society that agreed, yes, we do have a moral obligation to save these ...
by ShauryaT
03 Apr 2007 03:30
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 8
Replies: 320
Views: 56956

So I suppose the real question is which sections of Indian and Hindu society believes the cow is a truly special animal, and that they have special responsibilities to cows? I do and so do most mainstream Hindu communities. Cows in an agrarian society provide milk, the primary source of protein in ...
by ShauryaT
03 Apr 2007 03:03
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 8
Replies: 320
Views: 56956

Well, I don't think the point is that eating meat precludes one from "realization," rather, in these times, we need as much of a leg up as we can get, and vegetarianism gives us such an advantage. If Satvic gunas are essential for "Brahman" and Satvic gunas are not possible for ...
by ShauryaT
03 Apr 2007 02:43
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread - 8
Replies: 320
Views: 56956

I have never heard any of my acharyas making this mistake; this theory is certainly new to me. As far as I have been told, vegetarianism is more about maintaining a saatvik mindset. Meat confers rajas, in a sort of "you are what you eat" manner. At least that was my understanding. I have ...
by ShauryaT
02 Apr 2007 05:18
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion thread - 7
Replies: 371
Views: 65679

As for the workweek in the US, while there are traditional weekends, this is not legislated by law, as far as I am aware. If it were, how do facilities operate on a 24-hour basis? it is true of private enterprise ... No it is not. There are areas in the US, where general businesses such as malls, s...
by ShauryaT
02 Apr 2007 02:48
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion thread - 7
Replies: 371
Views: 65679

TSJones wrote:Is beef served in the military? Chow hall? Field rations?

No the Indian Military does not serve beef. More so, the Army insists on Jhatka style as opposed to Halal.
by ShauryaT
02 Apr 2007 00:38
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion thread - 7
Replies: 371
Views: 65679

Is that cultural or religious? As far as India is concerned, it is colonial. There is simply no justification for a national holiday for minority religious festivals. A perfect example of a minority veto on the wishes of the majority. Just like there is no justification for a national holiday on Pa...
by ShauryaT
01 Apr 2007 21:21
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion thread - 7
Replies: 371
Views: 65679

My contention is that for most people this distinction is an irrelevant one. When I say "most people" I talk about the fellows that are on the streets, includng some that were kar sevaks that participated in rath yathras and the like. I agree. Notwithstanding some knowlegdable people such...
by ShauryaT
01 Apr 2007 20:43
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion thread - 7
Replies: 371
Views: 65679

In fact let me make a suggestion to anyone who is willing to take it up and I say right now that what I am suggesting is pure rabble rousing. Walk into the arms of a nearby evangelist and allow him to talk you into the benefits of converting, and bait him into saying what is bad. Then start a publi...
by ShauryaT
23 Mar 2007 18:46
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread 4
Replies: 321
Views: 67609

science, science and science ... AlokN Ji: Some moons back, you had said something similar. Monotheism is a violent concept, faith is the product of a deranged mind. Now, you have your religion threads to discuss these issues. Where your position is, if I may, science trumps all. While, No one reas...
by ShauryaT
14 Mar 2007 18:27
Forum: Religion Discussion Archive
Topic: Religion Thread 1
Replies: 342
Views: 60044

I wonder if they do not have the PR strength to change things- or worse they do not have the insight to see why that may be important. Some things to point to here. The RSS, has by and large made a conscious decision to shun ideological talk and focus on "action" on the ground instead and...
by ShauryaT
01 Mar 2007 06:59
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Jagan commended by CAS
Replies: 85
Views: 55011

Congratulations Jagan....Hope to meet you some day in one of BR's NE meets.
by ShauryaT
25 Feb 2007 08:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Foreign Policy
Replies: 2197
Views: 220348

Acharya wrote:There is some inside information. Lot of the policies where written before in 1989 and before.
What are you waiting for? come on now, spill the beans :)
by ShauryaT
25 Feb 2007 08:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Foreign Policy
Replies: 2197
Views: 220348

PVN was the person in charge of the 'think tank' in INC before the elections in 1991. One of the things they recommended was economic reforms. They did not know the extent of the emptyness in the Treasury at that time. When he took charge as PM there was no alternative to implementing the reforms. ...
by ShauryaT
24 Feb 2007 21:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Foreign Policy
Replies: 2197
Views: 220348

Johann wrote:I think under Patel India's foreign policy would have looked a lot like foreign policy under Narasimha Rao or Vajpayee.

What PVN may have done without a gun on his head (the BOP crisis) and a breakdown of the USSR is anyone's guess?

Where were his other options or models? Cuba?
by ShauryaT
24 Feb 2007 01:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Radar - Specs & Discussions
Replies: 895
Views: 187365

Given that the target is a transport aircraft a modified BrahMos with 300Km range will be attractive.

Is it feasible to modify a Brahmos to an A2A or G2A role?
by ShauryaT
05 Jan 2007 09:55
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: India tests Prithvi based ABM-4
Replies: 139
Views: 52312

The target missile (PAD02) was set to mimic the profile of a Tactical Ballistic missile with a 600 km range.
Does it mean this baby's range was actually 600 KM?
by ShauryaT
31 Dec 2006 12:18
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: The physics, politics and myths of fission
Replies: 91
Views: 24762

While we debate, how much is enough, let us see what this old report from some apparently knowledgable sources say. [url=http://www.ciaonet.org/olj/sa/sa_sep00kag01.html]India's Nuclear Force Structure By Gurmeet Kanwal[/url] Americans managed to convince themselves that thousands of strategic warhe...
by ShauryaT
31 Dec 2006 11:49
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: The physics, politics and myths of fission
Replies: 91
Views: 24762

What makes China such a golden standard? except ignorance. Please try to do some search to get facts before falling down to this Dhimmi trait. And yes Shakti-I has the form factor fitting MIRV. Its outer diameter is ~50cm just right for MIRV. Hold your horses a little, will you? 8) The China refere...
by ShauryaT
30 Dec 2006 22:21
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: The physics, politics and myths of fission
Replies: 91
Views: 24762

Arun_S: Is it your submission that India can deploy an MIRV capable miniaturised warhead without further tests? My understanding is even China has undertaken such miniaturized warhead tests between 93-96 for the DF 31. If true, then no one has been able to do this so far - without any prior experien...
by ShauryaT
27 Dec 2006 23:41
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India-US Nuclear Deal continued
Replies: 285
Views: 56739

Arun_S: Some further thoughts to your report. 1. Would it be possible to add the min and max WG Pu in your summary. May be there should be multiple min/max based on a single or multiple pass. 2. Is it possible to corroborate the theory with one or two references at the individual plant level, in the...
by ShauryaT
27 Dec 2006 05:46
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India-US Nuclear Deal continued
Replies: 285
Views: 56739

Arun: It seems you are taking the differential in mined vs used fuel for power consumtion and distributing the same across all operational non safeguarded HWR/PHWR and the TFBR. While others presume that weapons grade Pu is from from Cirus and Dhruva only. If this is correct, any further references ...
by ShauryaT
26 Dec 2006 20:36
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India-US Nuclear Deal continued
Replies: 285
Views: 56739

Boss, I have on equestion onlee ... why not spend the time to read Arun_S report and try to understand the issues? ... Shiv has started another thread to help with the process ... Did not find it last night, have found it now. Will go through it. Thanks for your kind advice. btw, even "reactor...
by ShauryaT
26 Dec 2006 20:32
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India-US Nuclear Deal continued
Replies: 285
Views: 56739

The only way to 'convert' reactor grade material to weapons grade is to use it in a breeder reactor. Neutrons from the Plutonium will convert the Thorium and Uranium in the breeder blankets to the desired stuff - weapons grade Pu and U233. I found this in the Ashley Tellis report. [quote]One ‘mod...
by ShauryaT
26 Dec 2006 20:27
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India-US Nuclear Deal continued
Replies: 285
Views: 56739

Arun_S is writing about weapons grade Pu, not reactor grade Pu. Previous estimates have been much lower (enough for 100 bombs, not 800). The only way to 'convert' reactor grade material to weapons grade is to use it in a breeder reactor. Neutrons from the Plutonium will convert the Thorium and Uran...
by ShauryaT
26 Dec 2006 20:10
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India-US Nuclear Deal continued
Replies: 285
Views: 56739

about 55% of the fuel and 8% of its reactor capacity was used in low fuel burn mode, generally associated with operating the reactors in mode optimized to generate weapon grade Plutonium. This corresponds to about 2,400Kg weapon grade Plutonium enough for 800 strategic nuclear weapon. Arun_S is bei...
by ShauryaT
25 Dec 2006 22:40
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India-US Nuclear Deal continued
Replies: 285
Views: 56739

ShauryaT wrote: Let's leave the H&D stuff to the direct descendants of the Arab civilization to the west of India. I think we just have to live with a "slap in the face" as we weep uncontrollably due to this H&D loss...all the way to the bank. Please read that as an analogy. In FP...
by ShauryaT
25 Dec 2006 22:16
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India-US Nuclear Deal continued
Replies: 285
Views: 56739

What does India need for French style deterrence and independent action? The difference is UK/France are backed up by NATO and hence US aresenals too. Also, UK/France are not in the same league as India in terms of geographic size, population, threat perceptions and very soon economic sizes too. Wh...
by ShauryaT
25 Dec 2006 22:08
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India-US Nuclear Deal continued
Replies: 285
Views: 56739

Have you actually read that law document? The word "civilian" reactor does not occur among the definitions - and in fact nowhere in the document. Yes. I have read and know that the word "Civilian" is not defined in the Hyde law and neither clearly defined in the separation plan ...
by ShauryaT
25 Dec 2006 19:39
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India-US Nuclear Deal continued
Replies: 285
Views: 56739

it is up to India to designate future reactors as civilian or military ... are you disputing this point? ... if not, then why is your musharraf acting up? ... if yes, then please state your claim more clearly ... No. I am not disputing that point. That decision is certainly sovereign. But before th...

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