Wednesday, October 07, 2015

rajeev column wonders if all these startups are actually necessary

maybe there are too many startups that are wasting everybody's time and money? i think there should be fairly stringent conditions imposed on them before they get incubated or funded.

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Modi Meets Musk, Tours Tesla Factory

Narendra Modi has finally gotten to meet Elon Musk, and was given a tour of the Tesla factory:

(now that's a picture worth framing)

I wish that Modi could have toured SpaceX as well.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Fwd: India’s Thought Cops are Angry with Modi

a comprehensive fisking of that pompous ass and crypto-leftie pratap bhanu mehta by tulaif ahmed

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India's Thought Cops are Angry with Modi | IndiaFacts
Liberal secular's hypocritical anger on Modi.
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In the last week of September at Dadri not far from the Indian capital, an angry mob lynched to death Mohammad Akhlaq over allegations that a cow was slaughtered and he ate beef.
In the 1970s and 1980s in Bihar where there was no Bharatiya Janata Party, cow slaughter was still banned and there were times when there would be conflicts over beef and policemen would visit homes.
Beef conflicts are not new to contemporary India. Cows are not slaughtered across the Islamic world, but the reason cows are slaughtered mostly in the Indian Subcontinent is because Indian Islamists introduced the practice of cow slaughter here as a challenge to Hindu religious practice of worshiping cows.
Fikr-e-Nau (New Thinking), a newly launched Urdu magazine published by Pakistani Marxists – explores the issue of cow slaughter (a translation will be published soon by the Washington D.C.-based Middle East Media Research Institute).
You can look further back into history.
During the 16th century when the BJP and RSS did not exist, Emperor Akbar outlawed the practice of cow slaughter but the greatest Islamic scholar of the time Sheikh Ahmad Sirhindi lambasted the Mughal emperor asking why Muslims couldn't slaughter cows under a Muslim government.
While Akbar was sensitive towards the majority Hindus' religious sensibilities, Islamists like Sheikh Sirhindi, much like the present-day commentators, were not bothered about them. Fikr-e-Nau goes on to argue that in the lands comprising Pakistan today, cow slaughter was brought by Indian Islamist organisations arriving there after the Partition in 1947.
But the issue being debated about the Dadri lynching is not a religious one.
At this point in time when India is at the cusp of emerging as a global power, even the most so-called right-wing Hindus hold the following view: any person taking the country's rule of law should be prosecuted and jailed without delay.
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Fwd: Another Godhra in the Making?

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I am beginning to worry about India's national security in the wake of the Pakistani terrorist attacks on Gurdaspur and Udhampur as well as rumbles about cyber security, and the Taliban advance on Kunduz.
I hark back to NDA1 and the concentrated efforts then to defeat the government; if anything, the malign conjunction of forces looking to hamstring PM Narendra Modi is stronger, which suggests even worse things are being planned.
The first concern is Pakistani intent, as bolstered by Chinese and possibly Western advice. The second is the role of the compromised Opposition and fifth columnists.
As far as Pakistan is concerned, the first taste of the Modi Administration was salutary. They started off with their usual tactic of heavy unprovoked shelling across the International Border and the Line of Control. Much to their surprise, the return of fire was withering, and three times as heavy, and so they quickly ran up the white flag after casualties mounted.
Lesson 1: the Pakistani Army understands pain when applied directly to their bottoms.
Lesson 2: in conventional warfare, India has a big edge, hence Pakistan needs to revert to Plan B: terrorism.
Then we had the Yakub Memon hanging, which, Pakistanis have been told by their friends in the Indian mainstream media, has deeply divided society. Moreover,Memon was an innocent Muslim whom "they" (as in the provocative Indian Express headline) "killed". Pakistanis may calculate that this 'atrocity' will be a good excuse for them to attack India, with support from the usual quarters.
Thus acts of terrorism using 'sleeper' infiltrators whom they had already introduced into India. The goal is to goad India into escalation and retaliation. But as many commentators have pointed out, India's response does not have to be binary: appeasement (Manmohan style) or war (Modi's presumed style).
There are a few more nuanced responses: economic, diplomatic, cultural, and special operations. (The latest comment by the MEA is salutary: they unambiguously pointed out that Pakistan suffers from terrorism only because it is the fount of terrorism.)
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India Fastest-Growing Emerging Economy

Despite occasional perturbations, India has been firmly continuing its trajectory as the most robust emerging market economy:

With China slowing down, India is increasingly becoming the next choice:

The more quickly we can cement our economic takeoff position, the better.

Interview: ISRO Chairman, Dr A S Kiran Kumar

Rajya Sabha TV interviews Dr A S Kiran Kumar, the chairman of ISRO:

Here's a slightly older interview from DD:

Meanwhile, India's space program continues onward and upward:

Friday, October 02, 2015

Quick notes: Medical exploitation, GDP mirage...

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Movie on Aarushi Talwar Murder Case

‘Talvar’ Official Trailer | Directed by: Meghna Gulzar, Starring Irrfan Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma, Neeraj Kabi, Sohum Shah, Atul Kumar and Gajraj Rao


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Trump: India Can Check Pakistan

US presidential candidate Donald Trump wants to de-nuclearize Pakistan, and thinks India could be key to keeping Pakistan in check:

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

rajeev column in swarajya about silicon valley style innovation in india

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stop feeding the crocodile, says rajiv malhotra

A new humanities discourse around India has to be created from scratch. The existing one, is beyond repair. 

Recently, Narendra Modi's visit to Silicon Valley was attacked in a petition by US-based academicians led by scholars like Wendy Doniger and Sheldon Pollock. Over 80 per cent of the signatures were by Indian 'sepoys' joining the bandwagon. As a rejoinder, there emerged two counter petitions supporting Modi, each signed by much larger numbers of US-based academicians, who were also mostly Indians. This clash between the two camps of Indians is important to analyse because they represent two entirely different constituencies.

and here's my old piece on a similar thread:fear of engineering

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