Friday, June 30, 2017

Fwd: Occupy Chumbi Valley a cable from Hareshwar Dayal+Asian nations need to put China on notice+Vietnam Russia Joint Statement


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1. Human rights in Pakistan-Occupied Gilgit Baltistan 30.6.17 by Sajjad Hussain http://www.vijayvaani.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?aid=4356
 
2. China's T-Junction stand-off with Bhutan: Flexing muscle to annex land is nothing new for Beijing 30.6.17 by lt gen prakash katoch
China's annexation of Tibet, Manchuria, Xinjiang and parts of Mongolia are all well-documented. It also wants to capture the Doklam plateau because it overlooks Chinese posts in Chumbi valley of China-Occupied Tibet (CoT).
SN – Strategic thinkers and columnists must always refer to Tibet and Chinese Occupied Tibet as Lt Gen Prakash Katoch has done in the above article.
 
3. Occupy Chumbi Valley a cable from Harishwar Dayal – Nehru said NO by Claude Arpi 2015 http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/2015/12/occupy-chumbi-valley-cable-from.html
 
 
The two presidents underscored the importance of cooperation in defence and military technology, as well as coordination of actions in defence-security without harming any third party.'
 
6. Asian nations need to put China on notice – an Indian viewpoint by N S Venkataraman 30.6.17 https://www.slguardian.org/2017/06/asian-nations-need-to-put-china-on-notice-an-indian-viewpoint/
 
7. China: Breach of Agreement of Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage confirms Chinese Cussedness 30.6.17 by lt gen prakash katoch http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/china-breach-of-agreement-of-kailash-mansarovar-pilgrimage-confirms-chinese-cussedness/
Chinese citizens watching Salman Khan's 'Tubelight' may feel happy the PLA can overrun Indian posts anywhere, but they would not know that: even in 1962, it took the sacrifice of 5-6000 PLA troops to overrun Rezang La held by mere 3-400 Indian soldiers; the Nathu La incident of 1967 where PLA troops were forced to vacate their posts for three days, scurrying like rats abandoning the sinking ship; the Indian response to Chinese intrusion in Sumdorog Chu in 1986 where they had also built a helipad ..
In 1979, China under Den Xiaoping attacked Vietnam to "teach them a lesson" but learnt a lesson instead and the PLA returned with their tails tucked between their legs. Interestingly, during the invasion of Vietnam, Xi Jinping was a secretary in the Chinese Ministry of Defence.
 
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Quick notes: Tax-cut experiment, Car ownership...

  • Tea party: Kansas’ experiment with tax cutting failed spectacularly — on its own terms. Fodder for Democrats.


  • End of car ownership: Startups such as Faraday Future envision selling subscriptions to a vehicle—for instance, allowing people to use it for a certain number of hours a day, on a regular schedule for a fixed price. Other companies are experimenting with the idea of allowing drivers to access more than just one kind of vehicle through a subscription—so, a driver might choose a compact model one day but a minivan another day if she needed more passenger space. Lexus is testing payment plans that let people subsidize the purchase of pricey cars by renting them through a service called Getaround.

    Because autonomous cars will likely be designed to be on the road longer with easily upgradable or replaceable parts, the results could be devastating to auto makers. “It may become more like the airline business where we see jets that have been in service for 50 years.”


  • Gujarat power plant losses: After steel and telecom, lenders brace for NPAs in power sector. Coal-fired power plants under extreme pressure due to fall in solar tariffs. Tata, Adani, Essar stare at huge writedowns.


  • Solar Wall: Trump confirms he wants a solar border wall.


  • Dutch PM gifts bicycle to Modi :
  • http://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/narendra-modi-gifted-cycle-by-premier-mark-rutte-delighted-pm-takes-to-twitter-shares-photos/738828/


  • Tow an SUV With This Incredible Electric Bike:



  • Solar on cars: Panasonic joins push to put photovoltaics on more car roofs


  • 30 miles per hour on water: China is building the world's fastest amphibious fighting vehicle


techies for a communist union? it's come to this?

Fwd: D- India China stand off is actually in Bhutan+The closest look yet at the Chinese engagement in Africa+Chinese interests in CPEC are not benign


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gives details of border skirmishes since 1962.
GT quote 'The Doklam area belongs to China, not Bhutan and India, which has been proven by history and legal principle, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang told a regular conference on Wednesday. "China's road construction in Doklam area, which is our territory, is legitimate, and any other party has no right to interfere," Lu said.'
 
2. Putin's geopolitical chessboard by Brahma C 28.6.17 https://chellaney.net/2017/06/28/vladimir-putins-geopolitical-chessboard/
 
3. It's time India used its most powerful weapon against China: Trade 29.6.17 by Brahma C http://www.hindustantimes.com/opinion/it-s-time-india-use-its-most-powerful-weapon-against-china-trade/story-Bz40cMCubN384qVwQjgMRP.html
 
SN – The Chinese are very upset that India refused to be part of OBOR. When China agreed to give India access to Kailash Mansrovar thru Sikkim it made Modi Sarkar reiterate its acceptance that Tibet is part of China. We are back to nought since the Chinese are now using access as a bargaining tool.
No need to escalate issues with China beyond a point unless India becomes stronger both economically and militarily.
 
 
Sources confirmed that the standoff with China is in Bhutan's territory and in a disputed area which is controlled by Thimphu but coveted by Beijing. The 89-square-km patch of territory in the Chumbi valley — sitting between Sikkim and Bhutan — is an unresolved boundary dispute Beijing has with Thimphu. The two countries have failed to resolve it despite 24 rounds of negotiations since 1984.
5. This round goes to Pak Army by G Parthasarathy 29.6.17 http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/comment/this-round-goes-to-pak-army/428937.html 
'Pakistan's military will thus continue to enjoy absolute power, with no constitutional responsibility. It would be unrealistic to expect there is going to be any change in its support for terrorism in India and Afghanistan. It is clear that President Trump deplores Pakistan sponsored terrorism. We will have to work in close coordination with the Afghan Government to influence US Policies on Afghanistan. China will profess to be interested in apolitical settlement in Afghanistan, while seeking negotiations that ensure Pakistan's dominant role in that country, thereby encouraging Pakistan to continue sponsoring terrorism. President Putin evidently favours four party negotiations on Afghanistan, which exclude India, even while promoting bilateral cooperation with India.
In crafting its approach to Pakistan, India should have no hesitation in taking advantage of its vulnerabilities and fault lines. In sectarian terms, Pakistan faces tensions between its Wahhabi outfits and the widely observed Sufi/Bareilvi practices. It is also afflicted by the Shia-Sunni divide. Prime Minister Modi spoke last year about the exploitation of Baluchis by the Punjabi elite. Just as Pakistan speaks of Kashmir as the "unfinished agenda of partition" India should respond on Baluchistan, bearing in mind that Jinnah himself acknowledged to Baluchistan's ruler, the Khan of Kalat, only a few days before independence, that Baluchistan was independent and not part of British India.  Moreover, we should join Afghanistan in declaring the Durand Line as a disputed border'.
 
6. Human rights abuses in Pak-held J&K 29.6.17 by Claudia Waedlich http://www.vijayvaani.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?aid=4355
 
 
8. India can help Chinese IT sector expand overseas 28.6.17 Interview with Girish Ramchandran of TCS  http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1053985.shtml
'GT: According to research firm IDC, the IT market in a total of 64 countries along the route of the Belt and Road (B&R) initiative is worth approximately $200 billion per annum. Do you see any opportunities for Indian IT companies to capitalize on the huge growth potential along the B&R route?'
SN – Hope Indian co's never make mistake. Years ago China borrowed or stole secrets from Western Telecom companies only to set up Chinese telecom co's that dominate many markets today.
 
9. Chinese interests in CPEC are not benign 29.6.17 by Uzair M Younus https://www.dawn.com/news/1342036/a-red-flag
'These interests are fuelled by China's imminent need to secure its global energy and food supplies. CPEC and Gwadar are key to this as they will enable the flow of vital energy and food supplies into China through an alternative route while allowing China to have a military and naval presence close to American military assets located in the Gulf.
A more visible and expanded role by Chinese diplomats in Afghanistan is also part of this strategy as a stable Afghanistan will not only reduce American military presence in the region, but also unlock energy and mineral assets in the landlocked country.'
In crafting its approach to Pakistan, India should have no hesitation in taking advantage of its vulnerabilities and fault lines. In sectarian terms, Pakistan faces tensions between its Wahhabi outfits and the widely observed Sufi/Bareilvi practices. It is also afflicted by the Shia-Sunni divide. PM Modi spoke last year about the exploitation of Balochis by the Punjabi elite. Just as Pakistan speaks of Kashmir as the 'unfinished agenda of Partition', India should respond on Balochistan, bearing in mind that Jinnah himself acknowledged to Balochistan's ruler, the Khan of Kalat, only a few days before independence, that Balochistan was independent and not part of British India.  Moreover, we should join Afghanistan in declaring the Durand Line as a disputed border and continue moves to isolate Pakistan in South Asia. Most importantly, India should respond strongly and effectively, to ISI-backed infiltration and terrorism across the LoC.
We will have to work in close coordination with the Afghan Government to influence US policies on Afghanistan. China will profess to be interested in apolitical settlement in Afghanistan while seeking negotiations that ensure Pakistan's dominant role in that country, thereby encouraging Pakistan to continue sponsoring terrorism. President Putin evidently favours four-party negotiations on Afghanistan, which exclude India, even while promoting bilateral cooperation with India.
We will have to work in close coordination with the Afghan Government to influence US policies on Afghanistan. China will profess to be interested in apolitical settlement in Afghanistan while seeking negotiations that ensure Pakistan's dominant role in that country, thereby encouraging Pakistan to continue sponsoring terrorism. President Putin evidently favours four-party negotiations on Afghanistan, which exclude India, even while promoting bilateral cooperation with India.
We will have to work in close coordination with the Afghan Government to influence US policies on Afghanistan. China will profess to be interested in apolitical settlement in Afghanistan while seeking negotiations that ensure Pakistan's dominant role in that country, thereby encouraging Pakistan to continue sponsoring terrorism. President Putin evidently favours four-party negotiations on Afghanistan, which exclude India, even while promoting bilateral cooperation with India.
 
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Fwd: Tony Joseph's article in The Hindu on genetics and the Aryan invasion


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Dear All,

 

Regarding Mr Tony Joseph's recent article on genetics and the Aryan migration theory, The Hindu has just published this comment of mine:

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/the-problematics-of-genetics-and-the-aryan-issue/article19165320.ece . (The print edition, which I haven't seen yet, is suppose to carry today also a much abridged version of it.)

 

I had been told that Mr Tony Joseph's would be invited to respond to my comment; his lengthy response reflects not only his lack of familiarity with the field of population genetics (he has clearly gone into it recently and in the hope to find there a "proof" of the old Aryan migration theory), but also considerable distortion of my own statements as well as an ideological bent. I will respond to it in a few days.

 

Those wishing to see a broader introduction to the contribution of genetics to the Aryan debate may wish to consult my paper published last year on the topic:

https://www.academia.edu/23325989/Aryans_and_the_Indus_Civilization_Archaeological_Skeletal_and_Molecular_Evidence, which referred to over 25 studies of Indian population genetics.

 

Best regards,

 

Michel

 

 

PS: Some articles critical of Mr Tony Joseph's have already appeared here and there on the Net, responding to its polemical as well as technical aspects (I am yet to read all of them):

·         http://indiafacts.org/propagandizing-aryan-invasion-debate-rebuttal-tony-joseph/

·         https://swarajyamag.com/ideas/genetics-might-be-settling-the-aryan-migration-debate-but-not-how-left-liberals-believe

·         https://www.myind.net/Home/viewArticle/is-it-ignorance-or-yet-another-mischievous-attempt-at-proving-the-never-existent-aryan-invasion-of-india

·         https://swarajyamag.com/culture/here-we-go-again-why-they-are-wrong-about-the-aryan-migration-debate-this-time-as-well

·         http://www.pragyata.com/mag/genetics-and-the-aryan-invasion-debate-367

·         https://aryaninvasionmyth.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/ani-asi-r1a-and-indian-ancestral-origins/

·         https://aryaninvasionmyth.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/mistakes-committed-in-silva-martin-and-others-2017-bmc-evolutionary-biology/ 

 

 

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Michel Danino

Guest professor, IIT Gandhinagar

 




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Top Vatican godman caught for sexual abuse

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Vinegar Helps Plants Survive Drought

Ordinary vinegar has been found to help plants survive drought:

https://www.phys.org/news/2017-06-vinegar-cheap-simple-drought.html

yet another derisive review of genocide suzy's latest opus

she writes utter crap. that's the bottom line. i've never read 'the god of small things' but i think it was propaganda, brilliantly marketed.

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/06/arundhati-roys-new-big-cause-the-conflict-in-kashmir/

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Fwd: Analysis of joint statement + Being a pawn for US containment strategy a trap for India +Beyond defining the Strategic Partnership


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1. Terror thru ideological lens 26.6.17 by ajai sahni http://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/column-terror-through-ideological-lens-2483611
 
Trump - It is important that barriers be removed to the export of U.S. goods into your markets, and that we reduce our trade deficit with your country. We're also looking forward to exporting more American energy to India as your economy grows, including major long-term contracts to purchase American natural gas, And next month, they will join together with the Japanese navy to take place in the largest maritime exercise ever conducted in the vast Indian Ocean.
Modi - Fighting terrorism and doing away with the safe shelters, sanctuaries, and safe havens will be an important part of our cooperation.The increasing instability, due to terrorism, in Afghanistan is one of our common concerns.  n the Indo-Pacific region, in order to maintain peace, stability, and prosperity in the region, this is also another objective of our strategic cooperation in this area.
 
'the language in 2017 only "reiterates the importance of respecting freedom of navigation, overflight, and commerce throughout the region," a significant toning down of the language that possibly reflects Mr. Trump's current ties with Beijing.
 
4. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor takes form amid serious security concern 26.6.17 http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1053543.shtml
 
5. Being a pawn for US containment strategy a trap for India 26.6.17 OPED http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1053588.shtml
'If India regresses from its non-alignment stance and becomes a pawn for the US in countering China, it will be caught up in a strategic dilemma and new geopolitical frictions will be triggered in South Asia.  . If India regresses from its non-alignment stance and becomes a pawn for the US in countering China, it will be caught up in a strategic dilemma and new geopolitical frictions will be triggered in South Asia.'
 
6. China strives to reconcile Kabul and Islamabad OPED 27.6.17 http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1053587.shtml
According to a joint statement, the three parties agreed to establish the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' dialogue mechanism and Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed to establish a crisis management mechanism.'
 
7.   Beyond defining the Strategic Partnership 27.6.17 by lt gen prakash katoch http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/beyond-defining-the-strategic-partnership/
 
Michael Kugelman -- Deputy Director and Senior Associate for the South Asia program at the Wilson Center, the Washington, DC think-tank. 'I do think that China is an area where the US and India are not as like-minded as they had been prior to Trump taking office. Trump's position toward China has evolved from one of outright hostility to cautious conciliation -- at least for now.'
 
9. Modi in America, chemistry not history 27.6.17 by manoj joshi http://www.orfonline.org/research/modi-in-america-chemistry-not-history/
One thing seems clear, Trump actually gets along well with tough guy leaders like Modi. Witness his attitude towards Russian President Vladimir Putin, Egyptian Abdel Fattah el-Sisi or Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, or for that matter, Xi Jinping'
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Monday, June 26, 2017

Pak Media Mob Modi During His US Visit

Pak media showed up to mob PM Modi during his visit to the US:



Sunday, June 25, 2017

Fwd: Russia Cyberwar against Ukranine+Saudi Pak Nuclear cooperation+Tillerson’s Russia Strategy


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1. How An Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar 20.6.17 https://www.wired.com/story/russian-hackers-attack-ukraine/
Yushchenko, who ended up serving as Ukraine's president from 2005 to 2010, believes that Russia's tactics, online and off, have one single aim: "to destabilize the situation in Ukraine, to make its government look incompetent and vulnerable."
 
2. Saudi Pak Nuclear cooperation 2005 by G Parthasarathy http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20050811/edit.htm#4
'Robert Baer has reported that the US has known about nuclear cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia since 1994. Defence Minister Prince Sultan was given unprecedented access to Pakistan's nuclear facilities in Kahuta in May 1999. Dr. A.Q. Khan visited Saudi Arabia shortly thereafter. According to Pakistani writer Amir Mir, General Musharraf's visit to Saudi Arabia on June 25-26 was primarily to discuss how to deny the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) access to information about the Pakistan-Saudi Arabia nuclear nexus. Saudi Arabia is resisting pressures to adhere to the Additional Protocol of the IAEA, a Protocol that Iran has been compelled to accept.'
 
3. Strategic ASEAN diplomacy underpins regional stability 22.6.17 by kishore mahubani http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/26502-strategic-asean-diplomacy-underpins-regional-stability.html
 
4. India challenges China's OBOR initiative by harsh pant 22.6.17 http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/content/india-challenges-chinas-intentions-one-belt-one-road-initiative
 
5. Russia's engagement with the Taliban 21.6.17 by p s suhag http://www.idsa.in/idsacomments/russias-engagement-with-the-taliban_pssuhag_210617
 
 
7. Modi meets Trump – what to expect 21.6.17 by ashok sajjanhar http://www.idsa.in/idsacomments/modi-meets-trump-what-to-expect_asajjanhar_210617
 
8.  Tillerson's Russia Strategy May Look Too Much Like Obama's (Op-ed) 21.6.17 https://themoscowtimes.com/articles/frolov-58242
 
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the attacks on hindu temples continue: sabarimala's new golden flagpole

but notice that every church now sports a golden flagpole in kerala (an expropriation in the last 10 years) but not one of them has ever been attacked.

the astonishing amounts we pay to import bad food

https://makanaka.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/eating-out-or-indias-exorbitant-world-food-bill/

i thought it was only crap oil like olive oil, but this is humongous. and in the process we are destroying traditional crops eg. coconut.

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navin chawla did the EVM manipulation for cong in 2009

and thus won sonia the 2009 election. 

also wrote mteresa autobiography. a true villain.

the shah commission had said the fellow should never be given any position of authority, so naturally he was made chief election commissioner.



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even swarajya calls the stinkin' desert 'Holy Land'

the power of propaganda. next i suppose will be AD (anno domini, in the year of our lord [sic])




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Saturday, June 24, 2017

wapo gloats about lost IT services jobs in india

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/the-high-tech-jobs-that-created-indias-gilded-generation-are-disappearing/2017/06/22/815f1d0e-5588-11e7-9e18-968f6ad1e1d3_story.html?utm_term=.b28b3d30d5a6

schadenfreude, eh? well, if our guys turn out serious software products the boot will be on the other foot

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why modi trump is going to produce nothing of great value

my opinion. you guys are welcome to read, RT and comment on it. trump has decided india is expendable. and he may not be wrong. 

http://www.rediff.com/news/column/modi-trump-meet-why-i-have-low-expectations/20170624.htm

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elst fisks tony joseph on AIT

http://www.pragyata.com/mag/genetics-and-the-aryan-invasion-debate-367

characteristically thorough, and elst wisely keeps away from dabbling in the genetics part himself as he is no expert

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more taleb about competitive intolerance. so ISIS will win



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what taleb says about pagans in his essay :-)



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mr modi goes to washington: why i have really low expectations

i wrote this before speculation surged about a possible drone deal. but even that is not all that great for india: no tech transfer, and only unarmed drones, but it's $3 billion, and that's all trump cares about.

and special 301 under the formidable US Trade Rep robert lighthizer is going to be harsher than ever.

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taleb on how an aggressive minority, even if small, can dictate terms to the rest

saudi attempt to wipe out al-jazeera not a #freedomofexpression problem

for indian MSM. obviously not. 

NDTV being investigated for massive fraud is.

Fwd: North Korea ka real strategy+The world is going down with Trump+GHAZWA-e-HIND revival


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1. Why the F-16 deal is not a game changer 23.6.17 by abhijit iyer mitra http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/Xj7srxgr7o2cL9k0Qv58lI/Why-the-F16-deal-isnt-a-game-changer.html
 
2. Modi's  road to Trump's heart  23.6.17 by kanwal sibal http://www.rediff.com/news/column/modis-road-to-trumps-heart/20170623.htm
 
3. Chinese killings in Pakistan linked to CPEC 23.6.17 by lt gen prakash katoch www.indiandefencereview.com/news/chinese-killings-in-pakistan-very-much-linked-to-cpec/
 
4. Modi's visit will set the tone for India's engagement with Trump administration 24.6.17 by arun k singh http://www.hindustantimes.com/opinion/modi-s-visit-will-set-the-tone-for-india-s-engagement-with-trump-administration/story-90DjpN5p1Ays6hd8V3HTwJ.html
 
5. GHAZWA-e-HIND revival – dangerous to Indian security by R Upadhyay 22.6.17 http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/node/2176
 
Pakistani propagandist Zaid Hamid had also repeatedly invoked Ghazwa-e-Hind as a battle against Hindu India led from Muslim Pakistan. According to Hamid, "Allah has destined the people of Pakistan" with victory and "Allah is the aid and helper of Pakistan." 
 
6. Ten Imponderables in the Strategic Partnership Scheme 22.6.17 by amit cowshish http://www.idsa.in/idsacomments/ten-imponderables-in-the-strategic-partnership-scheme_acowshish_220617
 
7. Challenges for the New Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia 23.6.17 by mh m quamar http://www.idsa.in/idsacomments/challenges-for-the-new-crown-prince-of-saudi-arabia_mmquamar_230617
 
8. Belt and Road helps Nepal diversify relations and expand trade ties 22.6.17 http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1053020.shtml
 
9. The world is going down with Trump by paul c roberts 24.6.17 https://www.slguardian.org/2017/06/the-world-is-going-down-with-trump/
The most important fact that is overlooked by the Washington Post and the Russophobic members of the US government is that it is an act of insanity to call for more punishment and more pressure on a country with a powerful military and strategic nuclear capability whose military high command and government have already concluded that Washington is preparing a surprise nuclear attack.
 
10. North Korea ka real strategy 23.6.17 by christoper hill http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/26524-north-korea-s-real-strategy.html
GHAZWA-e-HIND – Revival and Re- assertion is dangerous to Indian Security:
GHAZWA-e-HIND – Revival and Re- assertion is dangerous to Indian Security:
Myanmar: Second Session of Panglong Conference: Mixed Results?
Myanmar: Second Session of Panglong Conference: Mixed Results?
Myanmar: Second Session of Panglong Conference: Mixed Results?
Myanmar: Second Session of Panglong Conference: Mixed Results?
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pak's army wants to terrorize by beheading and videotaping

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/pakistans-bat-team-carried-headband-camera-dagger-to-mutilate-record-terror-attack/articleshow/59296101.cms?from=mdr

the equivalent of this would be to take the pak guy's body and pack it up in certain substances. brits used to do this to rebellious pak tribals. it cured them quickly, because it would prevent them from getting to 'heaven'. 

in other words, use their superstitions against them. 

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the kind of story that gets no media attention at all. no beef, no minority

just an ordinary hindu woman who was killed by apathy.

look at the desperation on her son's face. this is the desperation of the hindu community as govt and society just don't care about them.

Friday, June 23, 2017

so 'love jihad' for money is a reality, according to MSM?

RSS has only been saying this, and even showing the rate card, for around 10 years.

https://twitter.com/TimesNow/status/878267297621696512

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the elephant in the room: feminists' unwillingness to face muslim misogyny

Fwd: [NEW POST] Logic behind the perversion of caste – Ram Swarup


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Logic behind the perversion of caste – Ram Swarup

Caste

Ram SwarupThe self-styled social justice intellectuals and parties do not want an India without castes, they want castes without Dharma. This may be profitable to some in the short run but it is suicidal for all in the long run. – Ram Swarup

Today casteism is rampant. It is a new phenomenon. Old India had castes but no casteism. In its present form, casteism is a construct of colonial period, a product of imperial policies and colonial scholarship. It was strengthened by the breast-beating of our own "reformers". Today, it has acquired its own momentum and vested interests.

In the old days, the Hindu caste-system was an integrating principle. It provided economic security. One had a vocation as soon as one was born—a dream for those threatened with chronic unemployment. The system combined security with freedom; it provided social space as well as closer identity; here the individual was not atomised and did not become rootless. There was also no dearth of social mobility; whole groups of people rose and fell in the social scale. Rigidity about the old Indian castes is a myth. Ziegenbalg (1682 – 1719) writing on the eve of the British advent saw that at least one-third of the people practised other than their traditional calling and that "official and political functions, such as those of teachers, councillors, governors, priests, poets and even kings were not considered the prerogative of any particular group, but are open to all".

Nor did India ever have such a plethora of castes as became the order of the day under the British rule. Megasthenes (ca. 300 BCE) gives us seven-fold division of the Hindu society; Hsuan Tsang (ca. 650 CE) the Chinese pilgrim mentions four castes. Alberuni (973 – 048) too mentions four main castes and some more groups which did not strictly belong to the caste system.

Even the list of greatly maligned Manu contained no more than 40 mixed castes, all related by blood. Even the Chandals were Brahmins on their father's side. But under the British, Risley (1851 – 1911) gave us 2,378 main castes, and 43 races! There is no count of sub-castes. Earlier, the 1891 census had already given us 1,150 sub-castes of Chamars alone. To Risley, every caste was also ideally a race and had its own language.

Caste did not strike early European writers as something specially Indian. They knew it in their own countries and saw it that way. J. S. Mill (1806 – 1873) in his Political Economy said that occupational groups in Europe were "almost equivalent to an hereditary distinction of caste".

To these observers, the word caste did not have the connotation it has today. Gita Dharampal-Frick, an orientalist and linguist [currently at Heidelberg University], tells us that the early European writers on the subject used the older Greek word meri which means "a portion", "share", or "contribution". Sebastian Franck (1499 – ca. 1543) used the German word rott (rotte) meaning a "social group", or "cluster". These words suggest that socially and economically speaking they found castes closer to each other than ordo or estates in Europe.

The early writers also saw no Brahmin domination though they found much respect for them. Those like Jurgen Andersen (1669) who described castes in Gujarat found that Vaishyas and not the Brahmins were the most important people there.

They also saw no sanskritisation. One caste was not trying to be another; it was satisfied with being itself. Castes were not trying to imitate the Brahmins to improve social status; they were proud of being what they were. There is a Tamil poem by Kamban (ca. 1180 – 1250) in praise of the plough which says that "even being born a Brahmin does not by far endow one with the same excellence as when one is born into a Vellala family".

There was sanskritisation though but of a very different kind. People tried to become not Brahmins but brahmavadins. Different castes produced great saints revered by all. Ravidas (ca. 1450) a great saint, says that though of the family of Chamars who still go through Benares removing dead cattle, yet even most revered Brahmins now hold their offspring, namely himself, in great esteem.

With the advent of Islam the Hindu came under great pressure; it faced the problem of survival. When the political power failed castes took over; they became defence shields and provided resistance passive and active. But in the process, the system also acquired undesirable traits like untouchability. Alberuni who came with Mahmud Ghaznavi (971 – 1030) mentions the four castes but no untouchability. He reports that "much, however, as these classes differ from each other, they live together in the same towns and villages, mixed together in the same houses and lodgings".

Another acquired another's trait; they became rigid and lost their mobility. All mobility was now downward. H. A. Rose (1867 – 1933), Superintendent of Ethnography, Punjab, from 1901 to 1906, author of A Glossary of Punjab Tribes and Castes, says that during Muslim period, many Rajputs were degraded and they became scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. Many of them still retain Rajput gotra of Parihara and Parimara. Similarly, G. W. Briggs in his The Chamars, tells us that many Chamars still carry names and gotra of Rajput clans like Banaudhiya, Ujjaini, Chandhariya, Sarwariya, Kanaujiya, Chauhan, Chadel, Saksena, Sakarwar; Bhardarauiya, and Bundela, etc. Dr K. S. Lal (1920 – 2002) cites many similar instances in his recent Growth of Scheduled Tribes and Castes in Medieval India.

The same is true of Bhangis. William Crooke (1848 – 1923) of Bengal Civil Service tells us that the "rise of the present Bhangi caste seems, from the names applied to the castes and its subdivisions, to date from the early period of Mohammedan rule". Old Hindu literature mentions no Bhangis of present function. In traditional Hindu rural society, he was a corn-measurer, a village policeman, a custodian of village boundaries. But scavenging came along with the Muslim and British rule. Their numbers also multiplied. According to 1901 Census, the Bhangis were most numerous in the Punjab and the United Provinces which were the heartland of Muslim domination.

Then came the British who treated all Hindus equally—all as an inferior race—and fuelled their internal differences. They attacked Hinduism but cultivated the caste principle, two sides of the same coin. Hinduism had to be attacked. It gave India the principles of unity and continuity; it was also India's definition at its deepest. It held together castes as well as the country. Take away Hinduism and the country was easily subdued.

Caste in old India was a cooperative and cultural principle; but it is now being turned into a principle of social conflict. In the old dispensation, castes followed dharma and its restraints; they knew how far they could go. But now a caste is a law unto itself; it knows no self-restraint except the restraint put on it by another class engaged in similar self-aggrandisement. The new self-styled social justice intellectuals and parties do not want an India without castes, they want castes without Dharma. This may be profitable to some in the short run but it is suicidal for all in the long run.

In the old days, castes had leaders who represented the culture of the land, Who were natural leaders of their people and were organic to them. But now a different leadership is coming to the fore: rootless, demagogic and ambitious, which uses caste slogans for self-aggrandisement. – The Indian Express, 13 September 1996

Glossary of the Tribes and Castes

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PSLV-38 Launches 31 Satellites Successfully

PSLV-C38 has successfully launched and deployed 31 satellites into orbit:


arabs want al-jazeera shut down? that's really dumb

al-jazeera is the arab propaganda channel, just like bbc for brits, cnn for yanks, RT for russians, global times for china.

and arabs want it shut down?

inscrutable indeed.

http://time.com/4829713/qatar-saudi-arabia-shutter-al-jazeera/

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

ishwar sharan posts sita ram goel's views on the perversion of caste

jati is not caste.

caste is a european reinvention and perversion of the ancient indian idea. it comes from the portuguese 'casta' which is a measure of 'whiteness' among the mixed-race people of the portuguese colonies in latin america



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fear has changed riyadh: fear of loss of US support and fear of end of oil

https://www.wsj.com/articles/fear-is-what-changed-saudi-arabia-1497912337?mod=e2two

i think the saudis are falling apart. this means kerala's economy will collapse too. just in time for the brand-new international terminal in cochin, and the brand-new airport in kannur, both white elephants. 

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modi's physical style of foreign relations. won't work with trump, i bet

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Quick notes: Grand mosque, Border wall...