jun 30th, 2011 CE
Thursday, June 30, 2011
jun 30th, 2011 CE
economist debate: does a country need manufacturing that badly? i personally think its value is exaggerated but @atanudey may agree with the idea
jun 30th, 2011 CE
in my opinion, we need to have balanced growth with agriculture not been denigrated, and manufacturing not being elevated as bad and good, respectively. not that atanu is saying that, but i think i am more worried about agriculture based on food security issues as well as agri-business based employment opportunities.
jun 30th, 2011 CE
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011
This is democracy? Looks like a Shadow Government to me.
These guys are appointees, nominally appointed by Manmohan, but yet they're overruling him, and telling him what he can do and what he can't do. That doesn't look anything like a normal democratic setup to me.
It looks as if real power is held elsewhere, and Manmohan is just a figurehead - a lapdog.
Real power is held elsewhere, so that it can be exercised without visibility or accountability.
The Congress Party is a State Within A State. Congress is the ISI of India.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
China-Vietnam Row on Spratlys in South China Sea - Lessons for India
By D. S. Rajan 22/6/2011
One can see that the intensity of the ongoing competition between China and Vietnam in claiming sovereignty over two disputed South China Sea island chains, the Paracels (Xisha in Chinese, Hoangsa in Vietnamese) and Spratlys (Nansha in Chinese, Truongsa in Vietnamese) is growing day by day. Beijing claims a vast sea area stretching from Hainan, its southern most province as belonging to it historically, whereas Hanoi argues that the two chains are Vietnamese territory since 17th century. As per known data, China has presence now in 9 locations in Spratlys, while Vietnam has in 29. Other regional powers are also involved in the dispute - the Philippines says that the two chains are its territories on the basis of their geographical proximity to it; Malaysia and Brunei view that the territories fall under their respective Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) as defined by the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea.
For all the claimants, the strategic importance of the South China Sea region has increased as current estimates confirm vast reserves of natural resources there – about 25 million metric tones of crude oil and approximately 25 trillion cubic meters of natural gas. The region is also home to important shipping lanes.
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Barron’s Cover SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2011 Dragon Fire By LESLIE P. NORTON
The U.S. military is getting ready to leave Iraq and Afghanistan. The next threat is much bigger. Even the most casual observer seems to know that China’s economy has been growing at a roughly 10% annual rate for much of the past decade. Less recognized and arguably more important to the state of the world is the fact that China’s defense spending rose even faster than that -- 12% or more a year between 2000 and 2009. "The accelerating pace of China’s defense budget increases is driving countries in the region, as well as the U.S., to react to preserve a balance of power and stability," says Jacqueline Newmyer, head of Long-Term Strategy Group, a Cambridge, Mass.-based defense consultant. "There is a real potential for arms races to emerge," she adds. "While once we assumed we’d have access to areas to conduct anti-terrorism or anti-insurgency operations, now we’re compelled to think about preserving our ability to gain access to East Asia."
From: Rajiv Malhotra
Monday, June 27, 2011
From: sanjeev nayyar
|A V Rajwade: A vacuum of leadership|
|The PM's record has been lacklustre, particularly in the second term|
|A V Rajwade / New Delhi June 27, 2011, 0:09 IST|
In my last week’s column, I had discussed the possibility of the global economy facing “a perfect storm”. Nearer home every day’s news makes me wonder whether we are not facing something even more dangerous — a vacuum of leadership and governance. While talking about the United Progressive Alliance (UPA-II), Shekhar Gupta remarked in his column National Interest in the Indian Express (June 18) that “this has become our most dysfunctional real government in three decades.” (For obvious reasons, he excluded the governments headed by Chandrasekhar, Deve Gowda and Gujral). One felt sad that the first government since independence headed by a professional, who had acquired eminence in his own field, should have come to this sorry pass.
In the 1980s, when I started writing about the exchange rate from a more economic, as distinct from market, perspective, I read Dr Singh’s doctoral thesis on “India’s export performance, 1951-1960, export prospects and policy implications,” which later grew into a book. It, inter alia, stressed on the relevance and importance of the exchange rate to export prospects. In an era dominated by export pessimistic economists (and hence the emphasis on import substitution regardless of costs), he was one of the very few voices to argue that, given a proper exchange rate, India’s export potential was significant. In the 1980s, when he was governor of the Reserve Bank, Dr Vijay Joshi of Oxford University, spending a couple of years at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), developed the first REER model for the rupee’s exchange rate.
My third brush with Dr Singh was in the mid-1990s through my criticism of the monetary policy then followed by the central bank, taking real interest rates, even for AAA bonds, to double-digit levels! Deena Khatkhate (ex RBI and International Monetary Fund), his colleague and friend of many years, liked the arguments and sent the columns to Dr Singh, then finance minister of India. I called on Dr Singh on my next visit to Delhi, was received very warmly, and later he wrote me a very nice letter.
In the meantime, of course, Dr Singh, after spending a few years as the secretary general of the South Commission, was invited by Narasimha Rao to become the finance minister to steer economic policies after the 1991 balance of payment crisis. Later he was credited with having engineered India’s reforms of the exchange rate, trade and industrial policies post-crisis, which laid the foundation of the average 8 per cent annual growth of the last couple of decades and was a major “about-turn” from the earlier licence/quota/permit raj of a socialist economy. (To be sure, Dr Singh had not voiced much criticism of this over the earlier two decades. Perhaps he held such views in private but his loyalty and reticence precluded any public expression.) One has often wondered whether Rao should not be given far bigger credit for his political courage in introducing the reforms which, in any case, were driven by the IMF conditionalities.
In this background, one had great hopes when Dr Singh became prime minister of the UPA-I government, courtesy the Congress president. Since then, however, his record has been lacklustre, particularly in the second term — not that much was done in the first term other than the Indo-US nuclear pact. But this could be blamed on the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on whom the UPA-I was dependent for survival as the ruling coalition. He talked about administrative reforms on many occasions but nothing happened. Perhaps his first major mistake was in the acceptance of the National Advisory Council (NAC) as a super Cabinet. [Kapil Sibal has recently said, with reference to Anna Hazare and his so-called civil society, “we cannot have a parallel government” (The Economic Times, June 22). He overlooks the fact that the UPA has accepted a parallel government since its inception — in the name of the NAC.] Exaggerating only slightly, the result was that he became the prime minister with all responsibilities — but no political power. Perhaps few ministers considered themselves responsible to the prime minister — they held their posts at the pleasure of their respective party chiefs. Many of the scandals that have dogged the UPA-II perhaps originate in this.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
From: HARAN BR
http://www.dailypioneer.com/348433/Imaginary-fault-lines.html AGENDA | Sunday, June 26, 2011 Imaginary fault lines
June 25, 2011 9:53:03 PM
Author: Rajiv Malhotra and Aravindan Neelakandan
Price: Rs 699The book exposes three strands operating in today’s India — Islamic radicalism, Maoist and Marxist activism, and Dravidian and Dalit identity politics — all engaged in systematically breaking up the country, writes Saradindu MukherjiThis book has an eerie cover image taken from www.dalitstan.com, showcasing a map of the Indic region wherein its northern part stretching up to Assam is depicted in green as Mughalistan — Pakistan and Bangladesh included. The southern parts are called Dalitstan and Dravidistan. For the authors, such a holocaustic scenario seems a distinct possibility unless the process is immediately halted and neutralised.Rajiv Malhotra and Aravindam Neelakandan expose three strands operating in contemporary India — Islamic radicalism, Maoist and Marxist activism, and Dravidian and Dalit identity politics — all engaged in systematically breaking up what the venerable Ram Swarup called a “shrinking and shrunken” India.This book, however, deals only with the third dimension related to the Dravidian/Dalit ‘studies’, the ridiculous Afro-Dalit project that seeks to showcase the Dalits as ‘Blacks’ of India and non-Dalits as ‘Whites’. It also exposes the hypocritical roles of various American/European academic institutions and evangelical organisations, besides the NGOs and their collaborators in the media. The entire gamut of the mechanism and ‘ideology’ to break the country is exposed in 19 well-researched chapters. “Breaking civilisation”, the authors say, is “like breaking the spine of a person. A broken civilisation can splinter, and the balkanised regions can undergo a dark metamorphosis.”
DNA: "indians like free enterprise", arvind kumar and arun narendranath; ToI (swami iyer) also gave credit for 1991 to narasimha rao
From: Arvind Kumar
From: Arvind Kumar
In an attempt to correct the situation, Hindus have already exhausted all other methods that form part of a civilized discourse. They have approached the executive branch, the judiciary, the legislature, and framed their ideas in debates. The other side is unwilling to listen and believes that it is entitled to special privileges under Indian law. In addition, it has also enlisted the media and academia in the West which believes that freedom of expression and a law similar to the “Equal Protection Clause“ in the American Constitution does not apply to Hindus.
When the Indian Government is insincere and the only way of calling attention to the egregious acts of the Government is to do unto others what the Indian Government does to the Hindus, it is the second `wrong' that will catalyse the removal of the first wrong.
Even this debate exists thanks to the very people who face criticism today. They were vigilant enough to discover the double standards of the Government and highlight them. Otherwise, the plight of Hindus would have been even worse.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Frankly, I think this is a positive, not just because he's a Republican, but because Mormons tend to be more on the side of American nationalism, which will help to break the grip of the extra-territorialist Atlanticist Left which always leans towards Europe.
Monday, June 20, 2011
jun 20th, 2011 CE
From: Subhash Kak Dear All, This attached article on the great Shiva temple of Java will interest you. Subhash
Sunday, June 19, 2011
via @shashitharoor, an interesting post by @ajaypp on the vizhinjam port. hope they are planning for the giant maersk ships just ordered
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
NREGA is destroying artisans: nirmala sitharaman in hindu bizline. well, brits did it first, so it must be good, no?
jun 15th, 2011 CE
June 15, 2011 4:50:08 PM
Exaggerating minor acts of vandalism and portraying them as issues related to free speech despite such acts of vandalism not being state-sanctioned makes a mockery of the concept of the right to free speech. Nor should Hindus be criticised for contesting misleading claims by liberal journalists by posting their comments on the Internet. For that would be an assault on free speech
Ashok Malik's article ("Vanvaas from Ram's India", June 11) betrays a lack of understanding of the principles underlying the issues of equality and the freedom of expression. When the state abridges the rights of the individual's freedom to freely express one's views, it is a serious assault on one's liberty. In the cases of vandalism against MF Husain's paintings, they were just that — minor acts of vandalism against which proper safeguards must be taken.
Exaggerating every minor act of vandalism and portraying them as issues related to free speech despite such acts of vandalism not being state-sanctioned makes a mockery of the concept of the right to free speech. What is really alarming is that the author brushes away the more serious assaults on our freedoms using the full force of the state's power.
The Government has never pretended to defend the individual's right to the freedom of expression. Instead, it has always used the excuse of maintaining public order to infringe on the basic rights of individuals. Some of the most egregious examples of the violation of the freedom of Indians include the censorship during the Emergency, the ban on Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses, the ban by eight States on the movie The Da Vinci Code, the ban on the reproduction of the works of a Danish cartoonist, the arrest of individuals who set up websites and mailing lists expressing their views against the Communists and Ms Sonia Gandhi, and most recently, the vicious attack on Baba Ramdev and his supporters who dared to oppose corruption in the Government. In each of these cases, it was either a case of targeting Hindus or pandering to Muslims and Christians.
The protests by Hindus against MF Husain's works were clearly a demand for the equal application of the law. For more than a decade after MF Husain painted his first provocative works, Hindus demonstrated their tolerance for his right to paint whatever he wanted. They began their protests only after the Government pandered to Muslims in quick succession on the twin issues of the Shah Bano case and the ban on Salman Rushdie's book.
The author uses a clever bait-and-switch ploy to compare Hindus to Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran who had issued a fatwa to kill Salman Rushdie. Hindus who protested against MF Husain's works were not asking for the implementation of fatwas similar to those issued by the Ayatollah. They were asking for the law to be applied to Hindus in the same manner that Rajiv Gandhi had applied it to Muslims. Their objection was to the Government's application of the law in a partisan manner to favour Muslims. The author has conveniently replaced Rajiv Gandhi with Ayatollah Khomeini so that he can demonise Hindus.
The author bemoans the fact that there were lawsuits filed against MF Husain and calls this an abuse of the system. Filing lawsuits is a peaceful way of dealing with the issue. If he has a problem with the law, he should oppose the law, and he will find that Hindus support him in the quest for equality and freedom. Indeed, Hindus have consistently demanded that the Government implement a Uniform Civil Code. To keep the current law and selectively use it on Hindus while bemoaning it when used against a Muslim is unacceptable.
In a country like India with a population of around 1.2 billion people, there are bound to be all sorts of people. While some like the author may have attended charm school and are articulate, others have not been so fortunate to be literate and are rough around the edges. Their method of articulation is in the form of protests and may not be palatable to the author, but it would be sheer arrogance to reject their views on the grounds that they do not speak English.
Sometimes their methods may have crossed acceptable boundaries, but it is clear that they understand the principle of equality better than smooth-talking journalists who seem smitten by inferiority complex and want to be accepted by those in the West who call themselves liberals. It is very common for Westerners who call themselves liberals to support the equal application of the law in their countries while opposing the Uniform Civil Code in India. Many Indian journalists who are inferiority-ridden seek to boost their self-esteem by gaining acceptance among this category of Westerners and simply adopt their views without a proper analysis of the issues at hand.
The most disconcerting part in Ashok Malik's article is his objection to Hindus making their views known on the Internet. In India, as well as elsewhere, the flawed arguments of journalists and the many fictitious claims perpetrated by them have been confronted by facts posted on the Internet by ordinary people. In response, many insecure journalists have clamoured for imposing controls on the Internet and have lost no opportunity to criticise the Internet. It is this advocacy of imposing controls that should concern the advocates of free speech.
The author must realise that expressing one's views on the Internet is a right that must not be infringed upon even if such views are expressed by Hindus. Abridging such rights would make India a totalitarian state and cannot be accepted. Individuals must always have a right to their freedoms, while it must be the Government's duty to treat everyone in an even-handed manner. That is the crux of the issue that the author fails to grasp.
The author also makes a gross exaggeration when he claims that MF Husain quit India due to harassment by Hindus. Even after the lawsuits against MF Husain were filed, he continued to live in India for several years, including the years when his political opponents were in power. He quit India only after eyebrows were raised in certain quarters when it became known that his customers were always wealthy business houses based in India, but they conducted their financial transactions with MF Husain in a foreign country and channelled the money back to India. Sometimes, MF Husain has donated the proceeds of his sales to charities operated by members of business families. Such patterns in financial transactions are bound to raise suspicions as these patterns are usually associated with money-laundering schemes.
It is not inconceivable that the authorities in India were hot on his heels making him leave the country for good. Even if he left the country due to the lawsuits filed against him, it is wrong to blame Hindus since Hindus have always opposed draconian laws.
It is thus clear that it is Hindus who have been consistently correct on the twin issues of equality and freedom while their opponents have consistently presented wrong arguments to buttress their flawed positions.
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"the man who screwed an entire country": berlusconi of italy, economist cover. even better: screwing somebody else's country
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Now, if ever there was a sign that Pakistan was sheltering Bin Laden and opposed to seeing him killed, this would be it. Those who helped the US get Bin Laden have been arrested. So much for Pakistan being an "ally" in the war on AlQaeda.
I'd say that if this happens, prepare to see a Japan that gets humiliated and eventually even discarded. By then, of course, we'll have raised the price for partnering with us.
subtle propaganda to support NREGA, a brain-dead socialist scheme which is really job security for UPA cadres siphoning funds off?
@shashitharoor says print-enabled EVMs to be rolled out. EC is then making tacit admission existing EVMs have been hackable
Monday, June 13, 2011
time to revisit Ray's brilliant calcutta trilogy: seemabaddha, pratidwandi, jana aranya. is delhi 2011 = calcutta 1971?
From: Dr Hiro Badlani
Date: Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 7:34 AM
Subject: Hinduism: Path of the Ancient Wisdom' 3rd Presentation Utube Link and Web site Link