Saturday, November 22, 2014

Pak Trapped in Past, Not India

An article by a Japanese grad student in the US says that Pakistan seems to be trapped in the past, rather than India:

http://southasia.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2014/11/13/partition_scars_slow_pakistans_trade_engine_not_indias

Friday, November 21, 2014

Quick notes: Apostates, Medileaks...

  • Muslim 'apostates' come out of hiding in Europe: A number of Muslims in Europe are publicly abandoning their religion.


  • IS's drive for Kobani is blunted: "The aura of invincibility that built up with its advances over the summer has been shattered. Kobani is a small city and the IS placed great stock in winning, and now it's been forced to turn tail."


  • The other IS: “People, especially Leftists from Delhi, easily get carried away by the Maoist story of sacrifice and a crusade against corporate invaders. The story on the ground is vastly different, with Maoists showing scant respect for villagers. They use women for sexual gratification. The supply of condoms and anti-pregnancy tablets to forest camps merits an investigation. Sexual harassment is rampant. Women in these camps are used like sex slaves. All that ideological flourish of the movement is history.”


  • BJP govt may introduce Urdu in Marathi-medium schools: Shiv Sena presents Muslim skull cap to BJP minister Eknath Khadse


  • Dr Kalyani Gomathinayagam: The brave Indian doctor who treated Ebola in Africa


  • medileaks.in: To expose a range of unethical or irrational practices across the health care sector, relying on information from consumers and insiders


  • Make in India: Made-in-India tablet ships to US, Europe.


  • And Amway was born : http://dilbert.com/2014-11-19/


  • Milk Might Not Be Doing You Much Good: Milk consumption as adults was associated with no protection for men, and an increased risk of fractures in women. It was also associated with an increased risk of death in both sexes.


  • Heisenberg and The Tao of Physics: Heisenberg was well aware of the emphasis on interconnectedness in Eastern thought. However, he had been unaware of the dynamic aspect of the Eastern world view and was intrigued when I showed him with numerous examples from my manuscript that the principal Sanskrit terms used in Hindu and Buddhist philosophy-brahman, rta, lila, karma, samsara, etc.-had dynamic connotations. At the end of my rather long presentation of the manuscript Heisenberg said simply: "Basically, I am in complete agreement with you."

my firstpost piece on why sanskrit is the greatest :-)

do read and comment!

Fwd: Some references to and quotes of 'St' Francis Xavier and the Goa Inquisition


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Date: Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 12:15 PM
Subject: Some references to and quotes of 'St' Francis Xavier and the Goa Inquisition
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Sayings of Francis Xavier


In his letters to the Jesuits in Rome, Xavier wrote: "There are in these parts among the pagans a class of men called Brahmins. They are as perverse and wicked a set as can anywhere be found, and to whom applies the Psalm which says: 'From an unholy race, and wicked and crafty men, deliver me, Lord.' If it were not for the Brahmins, we should have all the heathens embracing our faith."

"Following the baptisms, the new Christians return to their homes and come back with their wives and families to be in their turn also prepared for baptism. After all have been baptised, I order that everywhere the temples of the false gods be pulled down and idols broken. I know not how to describe in words the joy I feel before the spectacle of pulling down and destroying the idols by the very people who formerly worshipped them." Xavier did this after the Hindu raja of Quilon had given him a large grant to build churches!

Anti-Brahminism


Francis Xavier was the pioneer of anti-Brahmanism which was adopted in due course as a major plank in the missionary propaganda by all Christian denominations. Lord Minto, Governor General of India from 1807 to 1812, submitted a Note to his superiors in London when the British Parliament was debating whether missionaries should be permitted in East India Company's domain under the Charter of 1813. He enclosed with his Note some "propaganda material used by the missionaries" and, referring to one missionary tract in particular, wrote: "The remainder of this tract seems to aim principally at a general massacre of the Brahmanas" (M. D. David (ed.), Western Colonialism in Asia and Christianity, Bombay, 1988, p. 85). Anti-Brahmanism has become the dominant theme in the speeches and writings of Dravidian politicians and Indian secularists of all sorts.

Xavier's letter demanding the Inquisition be sent to Goa

Francis Xavier sent this letter to the King John III of Portugal on May 16th, 1545: "The second necessity for the Christians is that your Majesty establish the Holy Inquisition, because there are many who live according to the Jewish law, and according to the Mahomedan sect, without any fear of God or shame of the world. And since there are many spread all over the fortresses, there is the need of the Holy Inquisition and of many preachers. Your Majesty should provide such necessary things for your loyal and faithful subjects in India." – Joseph Wicki,
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Documenta Indica, Vol. IV, Rome, 1956.

The Inquisition in Goa


Historian Paul Roberts describes what went on in the I
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quisition's Goa court that had been housed in the Sultan's old palace and had a huge plaster image of Christ overlooking the scene: "Children were flogged and slowly dismembered in front of their parents, whose eyelids had been sliced off to make sure they missed nothing. Extremities were amputated carefully, so that a person could remain conscious even when all that remained was a torso and head. Male genitals were removed and burned in front of wives, breasts hacked off and vaginas penetrated by swords while husbands were forced to watch…. And it went on for two hundred years." – Paul Williams Roberts, The Empire of the Soul: Some Journeys in India,
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ew York, 1997.





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China Cuts Interest Rates to Boost Economy

China has now cut its interest rates to boost its economy. Clearly, they have taken note of declining oil prices, and have deftly used the opportunity to give some useful stimulus to their economy in the meantime:

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/china-state-media-central-bank-cuts-rates-27075882


So where's India? What's India doing right now, while everybody else marches ahead?

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/21/us-india-modi-economy-idUSKCN0J50NL20141121

More Details on Robin Raphel Spy Case

More details have emerged on the FBI investigation into former US State Dept official Robin Raphel:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/21/us/politics/eavesdropping-on-pakistani-official-led-to-inquiry-of-former-us-diplomat.html?_r=0

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/intercept-of-pakistanis-communication-led-to-investigation-of-us-diplomat/2014/11/21/d7bfcc4e-71a0-11e4-8808-afaa1e3a33ef_story.html



The FBI investigation was apparently started after US intelligence recorded a conversation by a Pakistani official saying that he was going to be receiving sensitive data from a US contact. The FBI then covertly monitored Raphel for some time, and then later raided her home where classified documents were uncovered.

So it now looks that Robin Raphel, the same lady who created Hurriyat in Kashmir, is a Pakistani spy.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Low Oil Prices Shift Power to US & China

Oil is now close to $75 per barrel:

http://www.rttnews.com/2420238/crude-oil-ends-above-75-ahead-of-opec-meet.aspx?type=cdt

The powerful new trend of declining oil prices shifts economic and geopolitical power towards the US and China:

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-11-19/cheap-oil-era-tilts-geopolitical-power-to-u-dot-s

India needs to be more proactive instead of merely lagging the trend. There needs to be an interest rate cut sooner rather than later, in order to ramp up India's growth sooner rather than waiting for 2016. Declining oil prices will mask and offset any inflationary effects of growth. If we don't seize the opportunity, then we are only leaving open the opportunity for others to steal a march on us, while our growth potential is again left unrealized.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

India to Boost Solar Energy

The Modi has decided to put fresh impetus on plans to improve solar power generation for the country:

https://www.niticentral.com/2014/11/20/pm-modi-wants-india-inc-to-increase-green-energy-intake-245787.html





Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fwd: The Sunni Arc of Instability+How Modi created a rockstar presence+India extends $ 75 million credit line to Fiji+SAARCH Summit+Lanka report


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1. The Sunni Arc of Instability by Brahma C http://chellaney.net/2014/11/14/the-sunni-arc-of-instability/
 
2. NIA arrested Rohingya Muslim in Hyd. There are 18,000 Rohingya Muslims living in Camps in Hyderabad, Jammu and Delhi 6000 in each city. Note that in August 2012 Azad Maidan Riot in Mumbai one of the key accused was Burmese. Those settled in Jammu will change the demographics of the region further. Further why the Sunni Muslim dominated Valley did not make camps for them in the Valley OR is the Valley to be kept PURE – only original Kashmiris!!
 
'It wasn't just that he acknowledged Indigenous Australians when Mr Abbott did not. Or that he wondered how MPs were surviving a third address to parliament by a world leader in as many days.

"Maybe this is Prime Minister Abbott's way of shirtfronting you," he suggested with the hint of a wink. It wasn't even the fact that – although he had an autocue – he appeared not to be speaking from prepared notes. He was eyes up all the way through.

As he concluded with a simple "thanks a lot," the chamber rose in a standing ovation. They were not just being polite. If Madam Speaker had let them, they would have whistled, whooped and charged the stage.

That's what you do when you see a rock star perform'.


'Prime Minister Narendra Modi also announced a visa-on-arrival for Fijians and assistance projects that included a Parliament library and doubling the scholarships and training slots in India for people from Fiji.
My take – has any Indian Govt done so before.
 
 
6. Modi will bring new life to the SAARC Summit in Kathmandu 19/11/14 by K P Nayar http://www.telegraphindia.com/1141119/jsp/opinion/story_19055059.jsp
'The strongest signal of this has been China's sudden interest in upgrading its status within Saarc from merely one of the organization's nine observers to that of a "dialogue partner". There is no concept within Saarc of a dialogue partner, yet when senior Saarc officials met in the run up to the 18th summit, signals in this regard coming from Beijing were discussed threadbare.
Reminiscent of Vajpayee's bus trip to Lahore, as of now, Modi plans to cross into Nepal by road for the summit. Additionally, he plans to flag off at least one of three daily bus services between various points in Nepal and New Delhi. A container train service from Bangladesh to Nepal will be the first consequence of a Saarc railway agreement, which has been finalized for signature in Kathmandu. Yet another concrete outcome of the summit will be a Saarc framework agreement on energy cooperation. This can have a long-term impact on the prosperity of all of South Asia through sharing of energy resources.'
 
My take – India must work towards providing Nepal and Bangladesh BIJLI 24 by 7.
 
7. SAARC Economic Integration Editorial Himalayan Times 19/11/14 http://thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=SAARC+economic+integration++&NewsID=433997
 
8. Will Mahinda's Indian Fishing Trump Card Boomerang  by Upul J Fernando19/11/14 http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2014/11/will-mahindas-indian-fishing-trump-card.html
'Information flowing from New Delhi indicates that the Modi Government may be of the view that Mahinda's Government was using the convicted fishermen's issue to drive a wedge between the Indian Government and the Indian High Commission in Colombo. The following report in The Hindu may contain some truth to that effect: "President Mahinda Rajapaksa is ready to pardon the five Indian fishermen sentenced to death in Sri Lanka if the Indian High Commission in Colombo does not proceed with an appeal against the sentence, Sri Lankan Minister, Prabha Ganeshan told The Hindu on Tuesday.
Mahinda will need Modi when the UNHRC submits its probe report on Sri Lanka next March. Then Modi will weigh the Chinese submarines, fishermen crisis and the Sri Lankan Tamil issue to make decisions.
 
My take – Bid your time with the Lankans and do things which reduces our economic dependence on them.

9. Yen Depreciation – Japan's import dependent industries feel currency woes 19/11/14 http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Economy/Japan-s-import-dependent-industries-feel-currency-woes
 
10. Mamta takes it out on the mike 19/11/14 interview with Rajdeep Sardesai  http://www.telegraphindia.com/1141119/jsp/frontpage/story_1792.jsp.
 
 
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Stratfor on China's Presence in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Stratfor's experts discuss China's presence in Afghanistan and Pakistan:



Will the staid and stately Chinese be able to cope with the notorious shifting sands of fractious Afghanistan?


India has recently complained about Chinese troops training Pakistani forces on the LoC with India:

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-11-15/news/56115065_1_bsf-chinese-troops-border-security-force

Modi: India and Australia are Interlinked

In an address to the Australian parliament, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the destinies of India and Australia are interlinked:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/australia-and-india-have-interlinked-destinies-says-narendra-modi/story-fn59niix-1227126810381?nk=ab72114c6e28cb1dc402b91196d9c2d4


Modi and Tony Abbott have unveiled a new military agreement between the 2 countries:

http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/narendra-modi-and-tony-abbott-reveal-new-indiaaustralia-military-agreement-20141118-11ou05.html

Japan Falls Into Recession, Oil Falls to $78/bbl

As news came that Japan's economy has fallen into recession again, oil prices have dropped to $78/barrel:

http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/11/17/markets-global-idINKCN0J11BZ20141117

Obviously, the impact on oil prices is more than just because Japan is the world's No.4 oil importer, but also because there's a fear that a slide by the world's 3rd-largest economy could also tip the rest of the world toward recession.

Given the increasing downtrend in energy prices and its effect of lowering inflation, this gives all the more reason for India to go in for a rate cut. RBI needs to send Indian and global markets a positive signal by cutting rates and reducing Indian capital costs, which are out of line with the rest of the world. Also, helping Indian banks to restructure bad debt would increase the confidence of investors around the world.

India's Mars Team

Vishnu Som and Pallav Bhagla of NDTV interview the team behind the Mangalyaan success:



Sunday, November 16, 2014

world hindu congress nov 21-23 delhi

http://www.worldhinducongress.org/

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Quick notes: Delhi jobs, Stealth lobbies...

  • 49 days of work: Arvind Kejriwal promises Delhi 800,000 jobs


  • German Model: India looks to invest $1 billion into renewable energy over coming few years.


  • Rs 25,000 cr loss a year: Successive governments have been under pressure from powerful industry lobbies to hold back royalty slabs for bio resources.


  • Serious side effects: Energy Drinks Can Be Deadly for Young Children


  • Pratima Dharm: ‘Gita my basis for counseling Hindus in U.S. military’


  • Atma Vidya (..not for the faint of heart..): "The greatest sin that can be committed by a person is to think that he is other than God. And then fill his mind with thoughts of craving and of hatred".

Fwd: Obamacare architect: Democrat Party supporters are low IQ fools


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From: "Arvind Kumar"
Date: Nov 16, 2014 1:46 PM
Subject: Obamacare architect: Democrat Party supporters are low IQ fools
To: "Rajeev Srinivasan"

> Stunning admission by the architect of Obamacare that ALL Democratic Party supporters are gullible low IQ fools who were manipulated into behaving the way they did.
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> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Adrdmmh7bMo
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