Sunday, March 18, 2018

simultaneous elections would mean that the centre doesn't have to be in perpetual election mode

so why are these secular types opposing it? because elections are good ways of laundering money. 

Why simultaneous elections are bad for India's democracy
Simultaneous elections runs the risk of undermining the representative gains that political decentralisation of the last two decades have made
COLUMNS Updated: Mar 15, 2018 16:06 IST
Yamini Aiyar

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what does the free indo-pacific mean?


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translation: hans are actually worried about quad + 3

if france, britain and new zealand join the QUAD to contain china, it will hurt the hans. hence this rhetoric.

and oh, the south china sea belongs to us. the indian ocean is negotiable.

Indian media read too much into Macron's visit
By Long Xingchun Source:Global Times Published: 2018/3/15
The Indian Ocean is not an ocean belonging to India, the US or France, but ought to be a "free and open" sea. If any country wants to do anything vicious, the surrounding countries will protest and China can also deal with it. 

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can indian IT services firms really reinvent themselves? hope so

'The new mantra is, reskill or perish'
March 15, 2018 08:35 IST
'30 to 40% of the industry needs to be reskilled as existing jobs will go to automation.'
'Reskilling is required as some existing jobs will not be required in the future.'
With artificial intelligence, cloud computing, automation, virtual reality, Big Data analytics, 3D printing, etc expected to take over the world, there is an urgent need to re-skill and upskill India's techies.
It is with the intention to upskill 4 million IT employees that Nasscom launched the Future Skills Platform earlier in February.
"I have no doubt that India will play not just a major role, but a dominant role in the adoption of new technologies," Nasscom Chairman Raman Roy, left, below, tells's Shobha Warrier.

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no point trying to kowtow to china

Running scared of China
Amulya Ganguli | March 16, 2018
The Chinese are not impressed by a timorous attitude. Instead, they will regard it as just the kind of behaviour they expect from a weaker country.
If India does not want to go down in their estimation, it should not be afraid of letting Beijing know that the acceptance of the Chinese occupation of Tibet does not mean that India will treat those who escaped the dishonour of living under the yoke with disrespect.
The Modi government claims to be a far stronger, nationalistic entity than its predecessor. In no other field of geopolitics is the need for demonstrating its strength greater than on the Tibetan issue.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

three by-poll losses and they're already singing obituaries to modi in 2019

a bit premature. and somebody was suggesting this means 'compromise candidate' for a BJP-led coalition will be arun jaitley.

just weeks ago, they were saying if BJP has a brute majority, then yogi could be the new PM in 2019.

all this is just talk.

however, the BJP has to be careful not to piss off its core supporters. even if they do vote, if they don't show enthusiasm, that means the voting % could be quite low (in the 30s and 40s in gorakhpur) and that would spell trouble for the BJP. 

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Fwd: Support for OLI conducive to China Nepal relations+ The coming of PTEROYUAN+CPEC: western route and Balochistan

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Sanjeev Nayyar

3. Beware of the new Xi Jinping 14.3.18 by Harsh Pant
4. Support for OLI conducive to China Nepal relations 14.3.18
5. Power brokers of Kashmir crush nationalist voice 14.3.18 by Brig Anil Gupta
6. The coming of PTEROYUAN 12.3.18 by S R Dadwal
7. CPEC: western route and Balochistan 14.3.18 by Hasaan K
9. China has ample bargaining chips vs the U.S. 13.3.18 
The country has been the biggest buyer of US soybeans, reportedly importing about one-third of the entire US crop
Warm Regards
sanjeev nayyar

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Fwd: The existential threat that the oligarchs pose for the Indian Republic

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jay Bhattacharjee
Date: Sat, Mar 10, 2018 at 1:58 PM
Subject: The existential threat that the oligarchs pose for the Indian Republic


My article in SWARAJYA has just been uploaded.

In this essay, I try to assess the scenario in the country and the existential threat that the oligarchs pose for our ancient civilisation:

Your thoughts are most welcome.

Jay Bhattacharjee

Jay Bhattacharjee MA(Cantab), FCS
Advisor (Corporate Laws & Finance)

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marathas and modi

modi explains why he brings in vibheeshanas

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reflections on hinduphobia

critical defense project of railway lines on tibet border remains unfunded

pablo neruda, nobel winning chilean poet, on his rape of a sri lankan tamil woman


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Quick notes: Security concerns, EV target...

  • Here you go! Trump halts Broadcom takeover of Qualcomm. “If the deal was completed, the U.S. military was concerned that within 10 years, there would essentially be a dominant player in all of these technologies and that’s essentially Huawei, and then the American carriers would have no choice. They would just have to buy Huawei (equipment).”

  • Stand up to China: Modi sarkaar's genuflection to Chinese concerns on Dalai Lama are not in India’s national interest.

  • India scaling back EV ambitions: Govt proposes 30% electric vehicle target, instead of total fleet switch

  • Pollution's cost: 'India incurred $55.39 bn losses in terms of labour output caused by air pollution in 2013'.... From the archives of this blog: Pollution 'hits China's farmland': This is India's future too - unless plans for 'Chemical Hubs' and other pie-in-the-sky are abandoned and real focus is brought to the agri sector . Remember - before giving them jobs - you have to give them food!!!

  • Controversial land deals: Syro-Malabar Catholic Church in Kerala in graft row

  • Scrcpy: Control your Android device from your PC

  • Meera Bhajan in South:

Is ISRO Doing Its Homework?

In its recent PSLV-C40 mission, ISRO has apparently launched 4 small satellites for a small US startup, even though US authorities had deemed those satellites to be unsafe:

The satellites were declared to be unsafe because their small size would lose problems in tracking them - something which is essential in forecasting collisions and preventing them.

Under international law, if satellites are launched into orbit and collide with others causing them damage, then the launch provider can be liable for the damages.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Quick notes: Cellphone chips, Russian help...

maybe raghuram rajan isn't the paragon of virtue he's been made out to be

was finacle imposed on psu banks to enable LoU scam?

indian businesses want software that will enable them to do 'off-balance-sheet' stuff to do tax-dodging etc.

in an extreme case of this, sree iyer alleges that infosys software finacle was forced upon PSU banks. 

let us also remember that infosys people implemented aadhar. #justsaying

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compare trudeau's visit to macron's

trudeau's was an extended photo opportunity

macron's signing defense agreements, selling planes.

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Pak Requires Disclosure of Religion to Get a Job

The courts in Pakistan have declared that a person must disclose their religion in order to get a job:

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Quick notes: Next Pakistan, Spaced repetition...

  • Betrayal as state policy: Turkey is turning into the next Pakistan 

  • “Spaced Repetition”: The scientific, efficient way to learn languages.

  • Investigate the RBI: When questions were raised how Harshad Mehta functioned, the RBI blamed everybody except the RBI. If you start an honest investigation, the first stop is the role of the RBI.  If you are not going to investigate the RBI now, we are putting our banking system into turmoil.... The system has been designed carefully to ensure this is not audited or even when audited not much comes out and even some one points out something, the officials within the system connive to bury the matter.

  • A bear and tiger fight at Tadoba Reserve in Maharashtra: Maybe a friendly, not much blood

  • China dangles carrots to lure foreign talent: The talent pool at Zhongguancun Science Park has over 10,000 foreign hires. The goal is to attract top-notch scientists and their innovation teams from all over the world.

  • Right priorities: China is beating back traffic in its most congested cities. More than half of the top 30 most-congested cities in 2016 saw a decline in the time drivers spent in rush hour traffic one year later.

  • Chinese Stealth: How China's Geely spent months stealthily building a $9 billion stake in Daimler

  • On caste: The religion of the Hindus is divided into two parts: the ceremonial and the spiritual. The spiritual portion is specially studied by the monks. In that there is no caste. A man from the highest caste and a man from the lowest may become a monk in India, and the two castes become equal. In religion there is no caste; caste is simply a social institution --Swami Vivekananda

  • Ban Church Superstition:

Why Canada is Hostage to Khalistan

A piece by Terry Milewski of the CBC delves into why Canadian political leaders are afraid to offend the Khalistan vote: