Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Will London's Next Mayor Be Pakistani?

London's mayoralty elections are coming next week, and the 2 leading contenders are Sadiq Khan of Labour and Conservative Zac Goldsmith.

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/05/london-mayor-sadiq-khan/481287/

Khan has been seen with various intolerant extremist types, including Suleiman Ghani, who has openly voiced support for ISIS.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3532474/Sadiq-Khan-isn-t-fit-Mayor-London-links-extremists-declares-Theresa-Tories-turn-heat-Labour-candidate.html

He has also attacked moderate Muslims who criticize Muslim intolerance, by calling them 'Uncle Toms':

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/04/labour-plunged-into-fresh-race-row-as-london-mayoral-candidate-s/

You'll never see any Hindus putting their foot forward to run for higher office, because they don't like to stick their necks out.

Monday, May 02, 2016

NAVIC to Provide Guidance from Above

With ISRO having launched the IRNSS-1G satellite on Friday, the 7th in the constellation, it has now completely put into place an Indian version of GPS for the local region. This will enable all kinds of mobile devices, whether consumer-level personal devices or military systems, to use the geo-spatial navigation data provided by the signals picked up from the constellation of IRNSS satellites, now known as NAVIC:

http://scroll.in/article/807449/how-the-kargil-war-led-india-to-develop-navic-its-own-satellite-navigation-system

NAVIC (NAVigation by Indian Constellation) is also a soundalike for the Sanskrit word 'Navika' (नाविक), which means sailor or navigator. The opportunities and benefits from exploiting this particularly Made-for-India technology could generate a lot of activity for India's software industry among others.

Doctor Who Helped Track Bin Laden Rots in Pakistani Prison

The local doctor who helped track down Osama Bin Laden continues to rot in a Pakistani prison, having largely been abandoned by the US, which still continues to send lots of money to Pakistan's govt:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Five-years-on-doctor-who-helped-CIA-track-Osama-bin-Laden-languishes-in-Pakistan-jail/articleshow/52072151.cms


Sunday, May 01, 2016

Quick notes: Silk road, Direct taxes...

  • Modern Silk Road: The rail service linking China and Europe is twice as fast as sea shipment yet twice as expensive, so rail makes sense only for high-value products or goods with short shelf lives.


  • Direct taxes: Only 4% Indians filed Income Tax returns in 2015-16. Maharashtra pays 40% of India's income tax.


  • Solar hurdles: SunEdison bankruptcy floods India market for green projects


  • Videshis go for desi ghee: How 'ghee' made a comeback after research showed that saturated fats have no link to obesity. The sales of top Indian ghee brands like Amul and Gowardhan have risen by nearly 30% over the last year.


  • Avoid refined oils, go for filtered oils:


  • 6 Health Benefits of Ragi: A Wonder Grain


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Can Blockchain Be A Tool Against Corruption?

Can Blockchain technology be used as a tool against corruption, such as tampering with records or even under-the-table transactions? Attempts are being made in this direction:

http://reason.com/blog/2016/04/30/bitfury-desoto-blockchain-land-registry

Perhaps the technology could be used for passport records, or birth certificates, or other things which are vulnerable to being doctored or forged. A citizenship registry? Issuance of licenses or permits?

IBM and others are currently betting big on Blockchain technology:

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/04/29/ibm-announces-blockchain-services.html

Friday, April 29, 2016

Quick notes: Erdogan's games, Prejudice in courts...



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Trump Nears GOP Victory; Desai Compares Him to Modi

Lord Meghnad Desai compares US Presidential candidate Donald Trump to Narendra Modi:

http://www.theglobalist.com/donald-trump-the-narendra-modi-of-america/

I think it would be nice if Trump and Modi could replicate the famous 'Ron-Yasu' relationship between US President Ronald Reagan and Japan's Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, which smoothed over US-Japan ties. Trumpism and Moditva share a lot in common:



Trump has virtually locked up the Republican Party nomination after a big win in his home state of New York, and a string of further victories last night.



The positive turn for Trump's campaign has been attributed to the elevation of experienced campaign consultant Paul Manafort.

Ironically, Trump is said to be unhappy with Manafort, who incidentally has worked as a lobbyist for Ghulam Nabi Fai and his Kashmiri American Council in the past:

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/donald-trump-paul-manafort-corey-lewandowski-222430

http://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2016/04/26/politico-reports-trump-is-not-happy-with-paul-manafort/

Fwd: d- Ten behavioural traits India must change to successfully counter Pakistan by sanjeev nayyar in Firstpost.com


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Ten behavioural traits India must change to successfully counter Pakistan by Sanjeev Nayyar 27.4.16
 

One of the reasons why India is unable to deal with the Pakistan problem is its faulty thinking. The Pakistani establishment (ISI, Army, Government) knows how to expose our fault lines because India's behaviour is so predictable. It is able to keep India on the defensive and export terror relentlessly.

Amongst the many teachings of The Holy Gita and Kautilya's Arthashastra, Pakistan has incorporated two into their India containment strategy.

The Gita repeatedly refers to the importance of perseverance. Pakistan has been implementing its plan to bleed India with a thousand cuts for decades.

The six methods of foreign policy enunciated by Kautilya include "Vigraha - hostilities is another instrument of foreign policy. It is classified into open war, secret war - attacking the enemy in a variety of ways, taking him by surprise; and undeclared war, clandestine attacks using secret agents and occult practices".

Since 1947, Pakistan has followed these teachings to the T.

A solution to the Pakistan problem depends on our soch - As we think, we shall become.

To read full article CLICK on Link above.

Also read two more articles by me.

1. What stops me from loving Pakistan - http://www.dailyo.in/politics/india-pakistan-kashmir-gwadar-khalistan-kargil-dawood-ibrahim-kandahar-ghulam-ali-kasuri-book-launch/story/1/6817.html

2. Understanding the sub-continent Muslim mind through Dr Ambedkar - http://www.esamskriti.com/essay-chapters/Understanding-the-Muslim-mind-through-Dr-Ambedkar-1.aspx

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Fwd: India does a U-turn, cancels visa+China Remains a Proliferation Concern+Diplomatic chess in Cam Ranh Bay highlights Vietnam's dilemma +Kathmandu faces fuel shortage


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1. China Remains a Proliferation Concern in the Indian Subcontinent by r kazi 22.4.16 http://www.idsa.in/idsacomments/china-proliferation-concern-in-the-indian-subcontinent_rkazi_220416
"Recently, a mineral smuggling operation involving export of several tonnes of beryl1 — an atomic mineral ore of beryllium2 — reportedly to China, was jointly thwarted by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Rajasthan Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in Kanakpura, Rajasthan.3 By the end of January this year, Rajasthan ATS had reportedly arrested six men. This incident highlighted two important issues.
Recently, China has accelerated its nuclear cooperation with Pakistan that involves setting up of at least six nuclear power projects in Islamabad.9 The China-Pakistan nuclear commerce is alleged to have been arranged without the sanction of the NSG. China's argument that its actions are in compliance with NSG guidelines is far from credible as the agreement lacks adequate transparency."
 
2. New Delhi may get dragged into tussles by zhang f 24.4.16 http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/979873.shtml
'Indian diplomacy rests on engagement with major world powers instead of clinging to a particular country. By adopting an ambiguous strategy, India places itself in a position that all the major powers woo it, but it never explicitly promises anything regarding the policies of other nations.
By joining the communiqué in support of China's stance on the South China Sea, India seemingly tries to strike a diplomatic balance at a high level. Yet it doesn't connote any change in India's diplomatic intentions to seek a balance between powers. India's moves to substantively bolster the US in military cooperation and meanwhile disappoint the latter right before the South China Sea arbitration outcome is released indicates the duality of India's policy. They show that India also takes a two-sided stance in dealing with China. "
 
My take – Happy to this speaking in different languages. Let us see how it shapes out. Has GOI done this before?
 
3. South China Sea on the boil again 25.4.16 by radhakrishna rao http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/south-china-sea-on-the-boil-again/
 
4. Indian Airborne Troops Script History 25.4.16 by danvir singh http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/indian-airborne-troops-script-history/
 
5. Kathmandu faces fuel shortage again not because of India 25.4.16 http://thehimalayantimes.com/business/valley-faces-petrol-shortage/
 
On April 12, two Japanese destroyers sailed into Cam Ranh Bay in southern Vietnam. It was the first time a Japanese Self-Defense Force vessel had ever appeared in the bay, a strategically important point only about 550km from the contested Spratly and Paracel island chains in the South China Sea. For Vietnam, the visit posed something of a dilemma. On one hand, it served as a warning to China, which has been building a military base in the controversial waters. On the other, it had the potential to raise the ire of its massive neighbor, with which it has deep economic and political ties.'
 
7. India does a U-turn, cancels visa to Chinese dissident Dolkun Isa. Read what M K Bhadrakumar has to say 25.4.16 http://www.rediff.com/news/column/why-modis-u-turn-on-china-is-a-smart-move/20160425.htm
 
My take – many including myself were initially upset about this U turn. I think it is a point well made to the Chinese. No need to escalate further. Drive home the point that the India China Expressway is now two way.
 
8. Will no longer seem help in peace process with Taliban says Afghan President 25.4.16 http://tribune.com.pk/story/1091321/will-no-longer-seek-pakistans-help-in-peace-talks-says-afghan-president/
 
9. China in the Indian Ocean 20.4.16 by d s rajan http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/node/1977
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Fwd: Modi government's biggest battle set to begin in the warfield of education


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For the first time in independent India, the Left-of-Centre narrative will be seriously challenged.

If you think you have already seen the fiercest ideological battles in the Narendra Modi era, you may be mistaken.
The debates over intolerance and nationalism were storms that shook much. But the twister that is going to play out more truculently, even profoundly changing the old landscape, is on the horizon.
The biggest battle in the next few months is going to be fought over education.
While controversy's favourite child, Smriti Irani, is going to be its face, in the deep background, faceless people are at work.
The government and its ideological guides want to recast a system which they view as biased, antiquated, irrelevant for large swathes of the population, and a refuge of work dodgers, beneficiaries of Congress-Left patronage and the rank incompetent.
The first salvo is going to be the National Education Policy, for which a massive yagna is afoot. Meetings have apparently been held in 94,000 villages across the country, and more than 1.1 lakh written suggestions are being screened and processed.
The new policy is supposed to bring defining changes in the structure of education, not so much in the content. Vocational training, for instance, is likely to be made part of core education. Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) may move from the periphery to the mainstream.
In villages, the government may bring rural institutes as ITI equivalents to impart rural-focused vocational training. There could also be a proposal to have Navodaya Vidyalayas (NVs) — residential schools for poor students in the ancient gurukul tradition — in every district.
Most of these schools are going through an acute fund shortage. The Centre may step in to resuscitate the chain.
Also, the sainik school network may be expanded to encourage more students to think of forces as a career. There are more than 20 sainik schools today. The big push will be on regular and time-bound training of teachers. Even yoga will be a component of this. But more importantly, strict monitoring of how much time teachers are spending in the class and how much on junketeering abroad has already started.
Many in the government believe that recent unrest in some universities was fuelled from behind by those rattled by these checks. Also, India's government institutes may finally adopt the Western "publish-or-perish" credo, in which teachers need to constantly contribute and reinvent.
Besides bringing in accountability of teachers and administrators, the government wants to ensure that non-NET scholarships are distributed among women, minorities, disabled and backward castes; that there is last-mile utilisation of funds; and that students get fellowships through direct benefit transfer.
But the trickier ground is content. The new National Curriculum Framework, which is supposed to come later this year, could be explosive. The Punjab and Haryana High Court in November last year asked NCERT to look into 182 supposed discrepancies and mistakes in Classes VI to XII history books.
The direction came in response to a PIL by the National Centre for Historical Research and Comparative Studies (NCHRCS). The centre's director, Hemant Goswami, argued that certain shlokas from the Rig Veda and other scriptures had been mischievously translated to mean exactly their opposite.
The Aryan invasion theory is being challenged too, along with interpretations of words like "dasa" and "dasyu". Architects of the new policy are already squelching through the half-lit marshlands of history, working on highly contested patches, encountering dangerous creatures.
For the first time in independent India, the Left-of-Centre narrative in education will be seriously challenged in the coming months; both structurally and in content. This is the battle of all battles, and much ink will spill.
(Courtesy of Mail Today.)



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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Quick notes: Western caste system, Land grab...