Friday, April 17, 2015

Karnad on Rafale Deal

Defense expert Bharat Karnad says the Indo-French deal for Rafale fighters is bad for India:

http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2015/04/13/rafale-deal-an-unmitigated-disaster-bharat-karnad-of-cpr/

http://bharatkarnad.com/

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Quick notes: Tax day, Bicycle highway...

Sunday, April 12, 2015

on devadasis, a storify stream

i suggest they were neither courtesans nor nuns, but like geisha.

both geisha system and devadasi system were perverted by white people's morality and christian rapaciousness.

https://storify.com/RajeevSrinivasa/on-devadasis

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Fwd: A Splendid Gesture by PM Modi - his visit to the Indian War memorial in Neuve Chapelle, France


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From: Jay 


Every passing day, I am finding it more and more difficult to unconditionally applaud what our Prime Minister Narendra Modi does. Admittedly, he is in a vastly better and higher league than that unmentionable MMS fellow, but his rate of descent is increasing. 

However, NaMo's decision to honour the brave and indomitable Indian soldiers who died in Europe during WW 1 is an eminently praiseworthy gesture. Well done, NaMo. These poor soldiers were not fighting for the British Raj or to protect British colonialism in India. They fought and gave their livesfor their "paltans" and for their own honour. They were cannon fodder, undoubtedly,  for the white man, but they also earned the undying respect of the Western world, including, grudgingly,  the British rulers of India.  

                                       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CG4a5VNiog0  

                                       (I prefer this to the second clip below, from NDTV, in which the dolt Vishnu Shome and an unbelievably 
                                        moronic correspondent of NDTV in Paris keep prattling nonsense. Also, you can hear their camera                                               persons speaking). 

                                       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TLzoC-_01g  (Avoidable, except for some of the footage).

 And this is the tribute to the fallen Indian soldiers from one of the greatest warriors in recent times - Marechal Foch (Marshal of France) and also Honorary Marshal of Poland and Honorary Field-Marshal of Britain)  : 

Discourse by Marechal Foch on the occasion of the inaugural of the Memorial in Neuve Chapelle, France, for the fallen Indian Soldiers in WW1

 "Return to your homes in the distant, sun-bathed East and proclaim how your countrymen drenched with their blood the cold northern lands of France and Flanders, how they delivered it by their ardent spirit from the firm grip of a determined enemy; tell all of India that we shall watch their graves with the devotion due to all our dead. We will cherish above all the memory of their example. They showed us the way - they took the first steps towards final victory."

ORIGINAL 

Le maréchal Foch déclare en 1927, à l'occasion de l'inauguration du mémorial érigé à la mémoire de tous les soldats indiens tombés sur le front occidental lors de la première guerre mondiale :

« Rentrez chez vous, dans vos lointains baignés de lumière orientale, et clamez bien haut combien vos patriotes ont maculé de leur sang les froides landes nordiques de France et de Flandres, comment ils les ont délivrées, grâce à la vivacité de leur esprit, des griffes de l'ennemi déterminé. Dites à toute l'Inde que nous devons regarder leurs tombes avec la dévotion digne de tous nos morts. Nous chérirons par-dessus toute la mémoire de leurs exemples. Ils nous ont ouvert la voie, c'est eux qui ont fait les premiers pas vers la victoire finale »

P.S.       A French air warrior friend of mine, General Henri Switzer (once posted in Delhi as the French military attache) wrote to me that the French respect the fallen Indian soldiers so much because the poor Indian soldiers came to France as defenders and friends of France, and not as conquerors and invaders like the Germans and the English.
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NB :       The rendering of Jana Gana Mana by the French military band is impeccable

              The desi thanedar-type babu who holds an umbrella for the PM and makes an ass of himself must be shot. Typical 
              feudal mentality of the Delhi functionaries. 
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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Quick notes: Rafale bungle, Google battery...

  • 36 fighters are neither here nor there: If India signs a contract for 36 Rafale fighters, Dassault will be in a commanding position to negotiate favourable terms for the remaining 90 fighters. If India doesn't agree to Dassault's terms, it would be left with two squadrons of Rafales, with no indigenisation.

    It makes little sense to have an air force that already has seven different fighters - Sukhoi-30MKI, MiG-29, MiG-27, MiG-21, Mirage 2000, Jaguar and Tejas LCA - create spare part stocks, depots and maintenance infrastructure for just two squadrons of yet another fighter type.


  • Modi's "compulsion": Swamy takes on Modi, calls new Rafale jet deal a 'case of arbitrariness'. "There are two major issues with the Rafale aircraft deal which would embarrass the BJP government".


  • Rafale vs Sukhoi T-50/PAK-FA: For New Delhi, the issue is that "the money does not exist to have both the Rafale and T-50 (Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft) programmes and, if you choose one over the other, you are making decisions that have long-ranging effects".


  • Google Gets Into Battery Arms Race: Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj’s group is trying to advance current lithium-ion technology and the cutting-edge solid-state batteries for consumer devices.


  • CO2 capture: Clay could be used for inexpensive carbon capture


  • Crotalus Horridus! A homeopathic experiment gives hope for treatment of AIDS 


  • Drug Resistance: Link between antibiotics for livestock and infections in humans


Friday, April 10, 2015

Nehru Snooped On Bose Family

Worried that Subhash Chandran Bose was actually alive and posing a potential political threat, the Nehru govt conducted extensive surveillance on his family for a period of 20 years:




my rediff column on iran nuclear deal and benefits to india

my firstpost column on iran, yemen, and india's profile in region

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Quick notes: Rafale twist, Uber rickshaws...

  • Rafale twist? Under the new proposal, the entire process for procuring 126 combat jets would be scrapped. A new government-to-government contract is likely to be negotiated to buy around 60 Rafale jets in flyaway condition from France.


  • Meet DJ Patil: Obama’s Big Data dude


  • Uber rickshaws? UberAuto for hailing auto rickshaws in New Delhi.


  • This land is your land: Farmers are inextricably tied to their land. Deprived of it, they have little else to fall back on for their livelihood


  • Delhi pollution: "Diesel fumes cause damage to the lungs, brain and can cause even cancer. The situation is so alarming that medically people have been even advised to leave Delhi".


  • Prof. Dinesh Mohan:  Policies that are less car-centric are needed in order to improve India's urban environment
http://www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/dinesh-mohan-dealing-with-pollution-in-our-cities-115040400713_1.html

Canada Eager to Do Business With Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will receive a big welcome from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, as Canada seeks business opportunities in India's growing economy:

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2015/04/08/harper-modi-combo-bodes-well-for-canada-india-relationship.html

http://www.macleans.ca/news/world/a-modi-miracle-in-india/


Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Saudis Want Pak Troops in Yemen

The Pakistan govt has revealed that Saudi Arabia has requested Pakistan to send troops onto the soil of Yemen as part of Saudi offensive operations there:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/07/world/middleeast/saudis-seek-pakistani-troops-for-yemen-campaign-official-says.html?_r=0

It will be interesting to see how Pakistan responds to Saudi demands. Given Saudi Arabia's heightened anxiety over Iran's future acquisition of nuclear weapons, it might be more politically expedient for Pakistan to appease Saudis with commitments to offer them its own nuclear weapons, even while refusing to supply them with troops for a conflict that Pakistan is loathe to get bogged down in.