Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Indian Reforms Stalling: Moody's & Fitch

While agreeing that the economy isn't worsening under Modi, ratings agencies Moody's and Fitch are expressing concerns that momentum for previously stated reforms is stalling:



2 major platform planks, the Land Bill and the GST Bill, are bogged down due to opposition obstructionism, and there doesn't seem to be anything new from the govt being put through for reforms. They need to come up with more.

Fwd: Malacca buccaneers

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Step aside, Somalia: South-East Asia is the new piracy capital of the world

Jun 27th 2015 

EIGHT men armed with pistols and machetes boarded the Orkim Harmony, a tanker, in the early evening of June 11th. Carrying 6,000 tonnes of petrol—worth more than $5m at market prices—the ship was nearing the end of a voyage around the southern tip of Malaysia, from Malacca on the country's west coast to Kuantan Port on its eastern one. The pirates restrained the crew and scrubbed three letters from the hull, crudely disguising the vessel with a new name, Kim Harmon. Then they headed north towards Cambodia, in search of a friendly port in which to siphon off her liquid cargo. When the ship was finally spotted seven days later, the hijackers warned away security forces by threatening to harm the hostages, then slipped away in a life boat with whatever loot they could grab. The crew escaped injury except for the cook, who was airlifted to hospital after being shot in the thigh.

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Fwd: How to salvage some security from the botched Iran deal

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If the west does not stand firm, Israelis may be left to face the ayatollahs, writes Michael Herzog
June 29, 2015 12:03 pm

Israel is not at the table negotiating the deal on Iran's nuclear programme. Yet it is Israel's national security, perhaps more than anyone else's, that will be affected. Threatened by Iran's nuclear and hegemonic ambitions, Israel and most of its Arab neighbours question whether the expected agreement will stem either.

The choice is not between a good deal and a bad deal. A good deal — permanently rolling back Iran's nuclear capacity, as was done in Libya — is no longer possible. The question is whether the deal is acceptable, given the confines of the framework agreed in April.

That framework in effect legitimises Iran as a nuclear-threshold state and focuses on stopping it from crossing that threshold. In the first decade the deal limits Iran's capacity to quickly make enough nuclear material for a weapon. But in the second decade Iran is allowed to reduce its breakout time almost to zero, as restrictions on enrichment and stockpiling of uranium expire.

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Fwd: It will take silky diplomacy to build China’s new road

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June 25, 2015 6:19 pm
Beijing has not met opposition or Islamist leaders in Asia. This must change, writes Ahmed Rashid
Today it is known as the Karakoram Highway, a twisting road carved high into the mountains along which trucks inch their way south through China and into Pakistan. You can trace the origins of this dizzying pass back to the Han dynasty, when it formed part of a trading route stretching 4,000 miles. Merchants would ferry valuable Chinese silk to markets as far west as Italy, collecting ideas from the world's great cultures and depositing them as they went.

Now Beijing wants to build a new Silk Road across the Eurasian landmass, equal in economic and cultural significance to that ancient precursor. Its ambition is leading it to make deals in a volatile region from which the west — in its preoccupation with east Asia — is essentially withdrawing.

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Fwd: The BBC and its chums stress out over Yoga

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Sandwiched between these two items which were each over five minutes long, was the item about International Yoga Day.
One just can't make this up! If moneygrubbing rip-off merchants like the trendy lowlives in Europe and the USA who make a fortune out of Yoga or even a cool hippie or Hilary Clinton were to run a Yoga Session, the illiterati at the BBC, Guardian or the Independent would be applauding it as "environmentally green, health conscious and the epitome of cool". One only has to search "Yoga" on the Guardian's website to learn that.

But when the elected government of one of the very few millenniaold surviving indigenous cultures and nation in the world gets its day in the sun to celebrate something that all humanity can derive benefit from, the illiberal liberals get apoplectic while they stress out over Yoga. Funny how, these days, they even beat the rival camps of proselytisers to either decry everything Indian as the very work of the devil or purloin it for the "civilized world" and package it as a gift of the master race which the natives would otherwise so presumptuously celebrate as their own. The Master Race just can't have that

In the British press, the build up to International Yoga Day began weeks before the main event.  The Guardian, with its Hindu hating Jason Burke (at one time he described the Iraq invasion as "entirely justifiable from a humanitarian perspective") was quick off the mark using all the wiles of the plagiaristic 14year old which seem to be the hallmark of the foreign news hack: name dropping, a sprinkling of unheard of, but dangerous non-entities like Owaisi thus creating a vacuous veneer of "research" and "respectability" best described as pretend-journalism.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Quick notes: Oil reserve, PV memorial...

  • Engineering marvel: India’s first underground rock cavern for storage of crude oil is ready.

  • PV, the architect of ‘Look East’ policy: The man under whose term India brought in momentous economic reforms which pulled India from the brink of an economic catastrophe.

  • Lip service to Sanskrit, no revival roadmap: A year after it assumed office, there is little evidence that the Modi govt has done much for India's classical languages, including Sanskrit, which many in the current administration claim to hold dear.

  • Robots and jobless growth: The use of robots is driven not by the urge to cut labor costs. The business case for automation is first and foremost "line speed - and you get the benefits of high levels of quality". Robots, it turns out, are more reliable welders than their human counterparts. There are typically 3,500 welding points in a car; so reducing human error means the production line has to be halted much less frequently.

  • Circadian Rythms: LEDs Mimic Sunlight to Help You Sleep Better

  • World class cancer:

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sons of Nano

While Tata's Nano ran into hurdles which delayed its launch, and the product later disappointed in not fulfilling its market potential, it may nevertheless end up having transformed the marketplace by influencing the approach of others, and in spawning imitators who are now forming a next wave of offerings. As the old American saying goes, "the pioneers get the arrows, the settlers get the land."

In contrast to the All-in-One approach of the new Multix from Eicher-Polaris, Mahindra is now coming out with the Jeeto, which is actually an assortment of small mini-trucks offering significant improvements in value for money, and targeted at the small commercial market segment, which is a very important demographic in India:


The newer crop of Nano-like offspring are reminiscent of Japan's famous micro-sized Kei-cars and Kei-trucks, which helped to power that country's post-war economic revival:


History of the Kei Truck

These cheaper yet important products helped to empower the lower end of society by helping to raise their productivity and give them a leg up on the lowest rungs of the economic ladder.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Quick notes: Congestion fees, Kobani redux...

Fwd: China moves controversial oil rig back towards Vietnam coast

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Fri Jun 26, 2015 5:16am EDT

China has moved an oil rig at the center of last year's violent dispute with Vietnam closer to Vietnam's coast in the disputed South China Sea, just weeks ahead of the first visit by a chief of Vietnam's Communist Party to Washington.

The move, announced by China's maritime safety authorities, comes soon after the country indicated it was close to setting up new outposts in the maritime heart of Southeast Asia, as it nears completion of land reclamation in the South China Sea.

China claims most of the potentially energy-rich South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also have overlapping claims.

gautam sen on the emergency


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Fwd: Iran deal: hardliners in Teheran+ Beguiling Americans: a guide for Indian Diplomats+Time to bell the FAT CATS+Japan stands up+A week in India

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1. Iran deal: hardliners in Teheran by kourosh ziabari 17.6.15 http://www.gatewayhouse.in/tel-aviv-tehran-singing-the-same-song/
2. Beguiling Americans: a guide for Indian Diplomats 25.6.15 by christine fair VG READ.  http://www.gatewayhouse.in/beguiling-americans-a-guide-for-indian-diplomats/
3. Time to bell the FAT CATS by sudeep vhakravarti 26.6.15 http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/DabL7q3pMBK8cqn6eN4LLL/Time-to-bell-the-fat-cats.html
My take – The author uses a CAG report to highlight the massive corruption in Nagaland and Manipur. Who is going to correct this? The political parties that rule or SC or Central Govt. People are forever blaming the Central Government for ignoring the North-East. Some merit but it is the responsibility of people in states like Nagaland to stop corruption and improve quality of governance.
5. A week in India by akash prakash 26.6.15 the author is a fund manager based in singapore who has written about the changed sentiment in India. http://www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/akash-prakash-a-week-in-india-115062501320_1.html
6. The shifting qualities of Make in China by david frey 26.6.15 http://en.people.cn/business/n/2015/0626/c90778-8911694.html
7. China, India agree to cooperate in Nepal reconstruction says Wang by Xinhua 26.6.15 http://thehimalayantimes.com/latest/china-india-to-cooperate-in-nepal-reconstruction-wang/ 
My take – Seems like a plant. Why should India work together with China? What does MEA have to say.
'Closing in on the militant camps operating in Myanmmar, the army of that country has positioned itself nearer Indian border in a bid to choke the supply route of insurgents after surgical strikes by Indian forces earlier this month. The current operation is aimed at insurgent camps operating in Taga of Myanmmar which requires seven days of travel through dense jungles from Indo-Myanmmar border, official sources said here. Taga has camps of several insurgent outfits including NSCN(K) and UNLF, they said.
My take – Report is dated New Delhi. Take your call.
9. Indo Myanmar GATE at Tamu closed for an unsually long time 25.6.15 http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/15208-indian-gate-closed-for-unusually-long-time.html
'According to Ministry of Commerce data, in the 2013-14 fiscal year Myanmar exports totalled US$16.46 million and imports totalled $26.12 million, while in 2014-15 Myanmar exports totalled $17.03 and imports totalled $39.86 million.
Mr Thangal also said that India and Myanmar have signed an MoU on border cooperation in 2014, covering cooperation against insurgencies among other provisions.
"The MoU includes a provision for coordinated patrols on either side of the boundary and regular interaction to maintain peace and stability along the border," he said.
10. Ugly fall outs of Dzuko dispute Time for Kohima, Imphal to act editorial Sangai Express http://www.thesangaiexpress.com/page/items/53139/ugly-fall-outs-of-dzuko-dispute-time-for-kohima-imphal-to-act
My take – Manipur Nagaland can temperatures be lowered. GOI must repair the road from Silchar to Imphal so that Nagas do not block the road to Imphal and blackmail Manipur.
Warm Regards
sanjeev nayyar

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Fwd: China’s move on Zakiur Lakhvi not about terrorism, but about sending India and the US a signal

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June 25, 2015, 4:53 AM IST

Vikram Sood

The Chinese bailout of Pakistan on the Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi case in the United Nations on Tuesday was as obvious as a hurtling fivetonne truck around the corner. What was more astonishing was that one expected that the UN Sanctions Committee would ask Pakistan to rearrest Lakhvi. The release last April of the mastermind of 26/11 was in violation of the UN resolution on terrorist organisations and groups.

The Chinese have behaved similarly in the past. Beijing blocked sanctions against the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar in 2009. In December 2010, they prevented the UN Security Council (UNSC) from imposing sanctions on Hafiz Saeed and the Jamat-ud Dawa. And earlier this year, they blocked Indian efforts to put Hizb-ul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin on the terrorist list.

Lakhvi is not important to the Chinese. But the symbolism of their move is. It suits China to be difficult with India and express its irritation with our attitude on oil exploration in the South China Sea. A veto on Lakhvi is a painless exhibition of solidarity with Pakistan that plays the victim card effectively. Beijing is aware that Pakistan will never take any action in the 26/11 case that will give India comfort. It is simply gathering another IOU from Pakistan knowing how important Lakhvi's incarceration is for India.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Fwd: Despite Its Roar, China’s Military Is a Paper Tiger

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June 24, 2015

Both of these statements are true:

1)     China possesses a rapidly improving military that, in certain local or regional engagements, could match — and even defeat — U.S. forces in battle.

2)    In military terms, China is a paper dragon that, despite its apparent strength, is powerless to intervene in world events far from its shores.

Seeing the distinction between these two ideas is the key to understanding China's strategic aims, its military means and the threat, if any, that the country poses to its neighbors, the United States and the existing world order.


Quick notes: Exit sign, Google's bike vision...

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Quick notes: JF-17, Shipwrecks...

  • Confirmed: Sino-Pak JF-17 fighter jet has its first buyer. Sri Lanka? JF-17 fighter flying with indigenous Chinese turbofan

  • Socialization of losses: The punishment for polluting India's coasts is a measly Rs 10 lakh or six months in jail. The Indian owners usually get off the hook by just paying the fine; the foreign owners stay out of reach. Coastguard and navy take up rescue burden.

  • Sangh affiliates oppose Land Bill: “This message has gone far and wide that the earlier law is being changed to promote the interest of industrialists and capitalists in place of the interests of the common man and farmers."

  • $20-bn for solar power parks: Of the 100-Gw target set by the PM, the SoftBank venture will look at solar power generation of 20 Gw.

  • Center of Excellence: India emerging as top choice for joint replacement surgery

  • Contamination:  India extends ban on milk and other dairy products imported from China. But a number of Chinese products are entering India by way of mis-classification and grey markets

  • IPL tamasha:

  • S-Works Venge ViAS from Specialized: The world's hottest new road bike

  • Fwd: How Machiavelli's World Shaped Our Own

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    JUNE 21, 2015


    The world in which Florentine statesman Niccolo Machiavelli lived scarcely resembles our own. City-states have been replaced with nation-states. Empires have collapsed, never to be rebuilt. And modern warfare is waged with weapons and tactics the likes of which he could have never imagined. Yet similarities remain. Although he died nearly 500 years ago today, Machiavelli would be able to navigate our politics as deftly as he navigated his, because the principles that govern them remain much the same.

    At the time of his death, Machiavelli was well known in northern Italy for his service as a politician and diplomat in Republican Florence from 1498 to 1512 and as a writer of Commedia Erudita, or "learned comedy" plays. He was less well known for two works that now define his legacy: The Prince, first distributed under the title On Principalities in 1513 but not officially published until five years after his death in 1527, and Discourses on Livy, written in 1517 but published posthumously in 1531. Thomas Cromwell, the legal mastermind behind the English Reformation, is said to have admired Machiavelli, and Henry VIII and Holy Roman Emperor Charles V both owned copies of The Prince. But at the time of Machiavelli's death, few people, if any, recognized in his thought and actions the start of a new, radically modern epoch in politics.

    Machiavelli's legacy has since grown to colossal proportions. He is credited with introducing the difference between public and private virtue — between the principles that govern personal morality in friendship, family and business, and the moral logic that guides the politician or statesman. In doing so, as political philosopher Leo Strauss observed, Machiavelli broke from politics as understood by "the Ancients" as the pursuit of a unified public and private "good life" and gave us the notion that politicians can and should operate according to the demands of the state as an entity independent from civil society and its moral imperatives. He understood that in private morality, where a person's integrity is at stake, the means matter as much, if not more than, the ends. But in public morality, where the power and prosperity of states are at stake, the ends are fundamental even if they do not entirely justify the means. A leader who embraces personal moral imperfection to protect their realm is, in this sense, more virtuous than a ruler who, in their pursuit of moral perfection, fails to consolidate their power, make critical if unsavory alliances and secure, through violence if necessary, that which ensures the survival of their realm. 

    Of course, Machiavelli was not the first to submit that statesmen play by different rules than private individuals. But he was the first to argue persuasively that these rules constitute a morality every bit as legitimate as that of everyday life. The persuasiveness of his case rests not in its philosophical expansiveness — unlike most philosophical discourse, his writing draws heavily on aphorism and anecdote — but in its relation to the world — his world. Machiavelli wrote from life, and his writing has shaped the way generations of political leaders, philosophers and publics understand politics. Just as important, it also shaped the way politicians and statesmen practice politics. Grasping Machiavelli's legacy thus requires that we look not only at what he wrote but also the world in which his work was written, for it was in that world that the modern state was given birth.

    Blueprints for the State

    In 1453, two events utterly transformed the world in which Machiavelli himself would soon be born. That year, the armies of the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II, armed with a 17-foot long, 37,000-pound cannon, burst through the great walls of Constantinople. Once inside, they laid waste to the Byzantine Empire, sounding a death knell for the siege-based warfare that had characterized Medieval Europe and, more broadly, for the feudal social and political orders it supported. Mehmed's invasion also sent a wave of scholars and artisans, many of them Greek, from the eastern Mediterranean to Italy. By the time of Machiavelli's birth in 1469, these immigrants were well on their way to planting the seeds for what would become the Italian Renaissance.

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    Fwd: Modi govt keeps Pakistan out of regional plans, signs pacts with other countries

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    Jayanth Jacob/Moushumi Das Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi| Jun 23, 2015 03:34 IST

    The Modi government is changing the way it conducts its foreign policy, entering into regional pacts while leaving out Pakistan that New Delhi sees as a reluctant player in achieving Saarc's goal of greater integration.

    India has gone ahead and signed agreements on roads, ports, power and education with South Asian countries to build and strengthen ties, circumventing the Pakistan hurdle.

    "For long it was a Pakistan-obsessed regional policy, for that matter foreign policy. Time has come to think out of the box and move ahead," a government source said.

    These plans were not just aimed at greater cooperation but had strategic intent as well, sources said, citing the example of Chabahar Port in Iran.

    The signing of the BBIN (Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal) corridor agreement in the Bhutanese capital Thimpu on June 15 is a shot in the arm for Delhi's regional plan.

    A similar pact would be signed with Afghanistan in the coming months. The India-Myanmar-Thailand road connectivity plan would be completed by year-end and would eventually be integrated with the BBIN corridor, sources said.

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    Fwd: India, China to fight for top two positions this century: Masayoshi Son, SoftBank Group

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    , ET Bureau | 23 Jun, 2015, 04.00AM IST
    NEW DELHI: India's economy is on the cusp of the "hockey stick" curve before takeoff, and has the potential to overtake the United States within 25 years, the billionaire chairman of Japan's SoftBank Group said, promising to back his conviction with money to make such an outcome a reality.

    Masayoshi Son, 57, who has pledged to invest a total of $30 billion (Rs 1.9 lakh crore) in India so far, told ET in an interview on Monday that it will be India and China fighting for the number one and two positions this century after overtaking the United States.

    "I would like to participate in this exciting moment, as we participated in China's hockey stick moment," he said, referring to the shape of the growth curve of the Middle Kingdom's economy.

    "That's why I am not just saying these beautiful words, but I am saying it with the money. I am really interested in participating in India's hockey stick moment," said Son.
    Son added that the country today had the right leader that "you should be proud of."
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    Fwd: The deadly new age war

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    June 23, 2015 07:36 IST
    • Without a single shot fired or a drop of blood spilled, an entire country can be crippled. That is cyber warfare, and the government must start working right away to combat the new enemy

      In late 2006, the U.S Department of Defence detected a major breach in their computer systems leading them to believe that their $337 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme had been compromised. Investigations that started at Pentagon, the department headquarters, revealed that the breach had taken place far away from HQ.

      The JSF programme, claimed to be producing one the world's most advanced combat aircraft, was primarily being developed by the private defence contractor Lockheed Martin, along with many sub-contractors. While the companies were busy meeting deadlines, no one had noticed a deliberate Computer Network Exploitation (CNE) attack that had taken place on their premises.

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    Fwd: The Christian roots of our ecological crisis

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    Since the roots of our trouble are so largely religious, the remedy must also be essentially religious, whether we call it that or not.
    Prof White was a historian of medieval Christianity who conjectured that Christian influence in the Middle Ages was the root cause of the ecological crisis in the 20th century. He gave a lecture on December 26, 1966, called "The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis" at the Washington meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, that was later published in the journal Science. White's article was based on the premise that "all forms of life modify their context," that is, we all create change in our environment. His ideas were considered by some to be a direct attack on Christianity and set off an extended debate about the role of religion in creating and sustaining the West's destructive attitude towards—and exploitation of—the natural world. — Editor

    A conversation with Aldous Huxley not infrequently put one at the receiving end of an unforgettable monologue. About a year before his lamented death he was discoursing on a favorite topic: Man's unnatural treatment of nature and its sad results. To illustrate his point he told how, during the previous summer, he had returned to a little valley in England where he had spent many happy months as a child. Once it had been composed of delightful grassy glades; now it was becoming overgrown with unsightly brush because the rabbits that formerly kept such growth under control had largely succumbed to a disease, myxomatosis, that was deliberately introduced by the local farmers to reduce the rabbits' destruction of crops. Being something of a Philistine, I could be silent no longer, even in the interests of great rhetoric. I interrupted to point out that the rabbit itself had been brought as a domestic animal to England in 1176, presumably to improve the protein diet of the peasantry.

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    China Raising Proxies in Myanmar

    China continues to meddle in Myanmar's territory, in order to exert control over its neighbor - and over us:


    Fwd: last article in SandHI series: "Harnessing heritage" by Amita Sharma

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    This is the last article in the weekly SandHI series on Indian knowledge systems published by Financial Chronicle:


    Harnessing heritage

    By Amita Sharma

    June 22, 2015



    Links to the previous seven articles in the series — introductory article, ancient metallurgy, architecture, Ayurveda, ecological traditions, agriculture, mathematics, cosmology, historical roots — can be found here: http://www.mydigitalfc.com/sandhiseries


    If you have enjoyed any of the articles in the series, please consider leaving a comment online; it will help the series attract notice. (You will find a comment box at the bottom of every article.)








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    Monday, June 22, 2015

    Multix: Rural Nano for Farmers/Tradesmen?

    The Eicher-Polaris joint venture has come up with the Multix mini-truck, an original idea for a diesel-fuelled multi-purpose utility vehicle which can also supply electricity to power a home, or equipment, etc. At Rs 2.32 lakhs, this All-In-One isn't horrendously expensive either. Given the nature of India's demographics, this looks like it could be an interesting market segment to cater to. A step beyond the distributed power grid - how about a mobile grid?




    Fwd: Digitizing Defence & Security+Why thousands of Chinese are migrating to Europe+Yoga day is a good beginning, but only a beginning

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    'India was reportedly told to conduct the recent Army operation in 10 km limited area , but the operation spread to as much as 70 km inside Myanmar operation.'
    2. External and Internal threats to China by claude arpi 18.6.15 http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnists/edit/external-and-internal-threats-to-china.html
    3. Digitizing Defence & Security- beyond Digital India: by lt gen prakash katoch 22.6.15 http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/digitizing-defence-security-beyond-digital-india/
    5. Ferment against Pakistan Army domination of political process starts mounting 22.6.15 by dr subhash kapila. http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/node/1802
    6. Return of Kashmiri Pandits by pran pandit 20.6.15 http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/return-of-kashmiri-pandits/
    7. Why thousands of Chinese are migrating to Europe 22.6.15 by r butt http://en.people.cn/n/2015/0622/c90882-8909600.html
    'Apparently, to be a frontline state of China, Pakistan would be prepared to pay a price in losing some area of autonomy in handling its own foreign policy. It is forgetting that in the affairs of the nations, a frontline state can always become a front paw with little will to move on its own.'
    9. Yoga day is a good beginning, but only a beginning. India needs to build a long narrative by rajeev srinivasan 22.6.15 http://www.rediff.com/news/column/yoga-day-is-a-good-beginning-but-only-a-beginning/20150621.htm
    Warm Regards
    sanjeev nayyar
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    yoga has no religion? atanu dey begs to differ


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    sanskrit: US East Coast Family Camp - Registration Open

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    Fwd: Why Wahhabi fanaticism is opposed to yoga

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    The answer lies in a book called 'Taqwiat-ul-Iman' (Strengthening Faith), written in 1820s, by a famous Indian preacher, Shah Ismail Dehlvi.


    After key leaders of the Wahhabi umbrella in the form of Deoband, its missionary wing Tabligh Jamaat and Ahle-Hadis, a stream that is followed by Lashkar-e-Taiba in Pakistan, took an anti-yoga stand saying it was against the tenets of true Islam, it has been indeed heartening for patriotic Indians to see many Wahhabis, particularly students, doing yoga in cities like Ahmedabad. A Deobandi leader even performed yoga with Baba Ramdev at a public stage in Delhi recently. It only shows that apart from Sufi or Barelvi Muslims, who have openly supported yoga, there is a moderate section in Wahhabis too which is not opposed to yoga, howsoever small or big that might be.

    Still, it is necessary to go into facts as to why the Wahhabis oppose yoga. A look into the Wahhabi history shows that the anti-yoga stand is rooted in a book called Taqwiat-ul-Iman (Strengthening Faith) written in 1820s by a famous Indian preacher, Shah Ismail Dehlvi, who died fighting against the Sikhs in the battle of Balakot (now in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) in 1831 along with his preceptor, Syed Ahmed Barelvi, labelled as Syed Ahmed Wahhabi by the Britishers at that time.


    Fwd: Why India desperately needs a Special Operations Command

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    The Modi government's delay in approving this is baffling.


    On June 9, Indian Army special forces teams raided camps of the NSCN(K) and the PLA in Myanmar. This first-of-a-kind strike in recent years, illustrates how special forces are best utilised. Lightning intelligence based thrusts to achieve specific objectives. With the prospects of a full-scale conventional war receding intelligence-based operations like Myanmar are likely to be the norm. In recent years, special forces operators have found their skill sets being utilised in Humanitarian and Disaster Relief and other-than-war situations. During the Uttarakhand floods last year, Army commandos created rough helipads to rescue stricken pilgrims.

    Sunday, June 21, 2015

    Quick notes: Loan restructuring, Gun homicides...

    • Ambani privilege: Reliance Gas to repay loans by 2031 instead of the next four years. The company currently has a total debt of Rs 16,010 crore.

    • India's English advantage: Cisco to invest $60 Million in India, $10 billion in China.

    • FII privilege: FIIs are not investors but "arbitrageurs" engaged in buying and selling of financial assets globally in order to realize gains from price differences. By expanding their space, the govt is reducing its own autonomy of policy making.

    • Making Pakistan Proud: Mamata government practically ignored Yoga Day event.

    • Guns in America: For every criminal killed in self-defense, 34 innocent people die
    • http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/06/19/guns-in-america-for-every-criminal-killed-in-self-defense-34-innocent-people-die/?tid=pm_business_pop_b

    • Meditate on the Sun:

    Saturday, June 20, 2015

    AAP Looking to Enter Bihar Election Contest

    AAP is sending signals that it's getting ready to contest in the upcoming Bihar elections:


    What did I tell you? AK49 is getting tired of Delhi, and is seeking a new gig - just like how he previously absconded from Delhi after 49 days to chase votes Varanasi. The fellow obviously suffers from ADHD. Let's hope that Bihar's voters recognize him as the political carpetbagger he is, so that his Jungle Raj in Delhi doesn't lead to a revival of it in Bihar.

    Quick notes: Soda rise, Sin tax...

    • Guess Which Country Has The Biggest Increase In Soda Drinking -- India sees 73.4% rise in 5 years, highest among major nations. 

    • Sin Tax: Mexico's Sugary Drink Tax Makes A Dent In Consumption.

    • Fobbing off Facebook:  Facebook is, by and large, for the idle, attention-seeking (somewhat insecure), a bit anti-social and lazy people. It's also for those who think their every action matters - including what they put into their mouth through the day.

    • Russia's Superjet: China+Russia could, some day, threaten Airbus and Boeing.

    • Ions: The Body's Electrical Energy Source