Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Fwd: Cover story of rajiv malhotra interview in Swarajya Magazine

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my piece on cambridge analytica and its links to congress

Fwd: China’s stealth war in the Himalayas+ To be fighting fit +Nepal plan power trade agreement with China and Bangladesh

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From: Sanjeev Nayyar

1.Seychelles Strategy: Why A Base On Assumption Island Is Crucial For Securing The Indian Ocean Region 20.3.18 by Jaideep Prabhu https://swarajyamag.com/defence/seychelles-strategy-why-a-base-on-assumption-island-is-crucial-for-securing-the-indian-ocean-region
2. 2 front war: a debate for more opulent times 20.3.18 MINT editorial Good read http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/osVGkC2Rwy2y5gNgFQNEiI/Twofront-war-a-debate-for-more-opulent-times.html
But as happened with the 2012 U.S.-brokered deal for Chinese and Philippine naval vessels to withdraw from around the Scarborough Shoal, China did not faithfully comply with the Doklam accord. If anything, China applied the Scarborough "model" to Doklam -- agree to disengage and, after the standoff is over, quietly send in forces to occupy the territory.
In effect, Beijing has shown Bhutan that India cannot guarantee its territorial integrity.
The Indian government recently told Parliament that the number of Chinese military intrusions into India's vulnerable borderlands jumped 56% in one year -- from 273 in 2016 to 426 in 2017, or more than one per day. 
Last year, China breached two bilateral accords with India by withholding upstream river flow data, which is necessary for flood forecasting and warning.
SN – Indians suffer from lack of confidence which is why they rejoice at the smallest achievement. We must put our heads down and work silently for atleast 10 yrs if we have to catch up with the world.
4. Tango or not, India must remain steadfast with China; Beijing's call for 'friendship' could be another ploy by Lt Gen Prakash Katoch 19.3.18: http://www.firstpost.com/india/tango-or-not-india-must-remain-steadfast-with-china-beijings-call-for-friendship-could-be-another-ploy-4395735.html
5. Chabhar could be a model for India China cooperation 19.3.18 http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1094148.shtml
But the results of India-Iran cooperation proved less fruitful than expected as a result of Western sanctions, according to media reports. In this context, China is one of a handful of countries that has continued trade links with Tehran and is its largest oil client. China and India can complement each other on Chabahar Port construction. In addition, Gwadar Port in Pakistan, a flagship project of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, lies barely 100 kilometers from Chabahar. Given the extreme proximity of the two ports, stakeholders can share resources in the development of the two projects. 
SN – must grant it to the Chinese media. After the land grabbing and aggressive posture they talk of cooperation.
India's dilemma is neatly summed up in the U.S.'s National Intelligence Council report, 'Global Trends: The Paradox of Progress', "Geopolitically, [South Asia's] greatest hope is India's ability to use its economic and human potential to drive regional trade and development. At the same time, Afghanistan's uncertain prospects, extremism and violence in Pakistan, and the ever-present risk of war between India and Pakistan probably represent the greatest challenge to unlocking the region's potential."
 Recently, it was announced that the government was planning to raise nine ITBP battalions to "reduce the inter BoP (border outpost) distance" along the China border. Not only does this reflect an inadequate understanding of how the border is to be manned but completely ignores the existing deployment of the Army. A comprehensive and an integrated approach to border management could result in considerable savings.
The military must stop talking in terms of numbers, of squadrons, ships and divisions, and focus on capability.
There is a crying need to move towards greater integration among the three services and with the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The luxury of each service running its own training, administrative and logistics system is no longer affordable.
7. Nepal plan power trade agreement with China and Bangladesh 19.3.18 https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/plan-to-trade-power-with-china-bangladesh/
8. India shd act like elder brother end hostilities with Pakistan says Mehmooba. 1=20.3.18 http://www.dailyexcelsior.com/india-should-act-like-elder-brother-end-hostilities-with-pak-mehbooba/

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Quick notes: Digital tax, Renewable natural gas...

Digital tax on "Big Tech": EU to tax US tech titans not just on their profits but on their overall revenue in the bloc. Tax-avoidance strategies used by the tech giants like Google and Facebook deprives EU of billions of euros.

Natural gas from cow dung: Natural gas is the cleanest-burning fossil fuel.  Extracting methane from cow manure could create fuel without fracking. “The potential is huge.”

China's agricultural miracle: The scale of the project has stunned international scientists. A landmark project to make agriculture more sustainable in China has significantly cut fertilizer use while boosting crop yields on millions of small farms. The study involved some 1,000 researchers and 21 million smallholders.

Lifespan gains: China’s air quality has improved so significantly in recent years that citizens can expect to see their lifespan increase by 2.4 years.

Gabriella Burnel: Pūrṇamadaḥ Pūrṇamidam

Monotheism and its Weapons: Early Christians were much more likely to close down the academies, shut temples, loot and destroy artwork, forbid traditional practices and burn books. They believed that the world we inhabit is a perilous place, crowded with malevolent supernatural beings, who sometimes manifest themselves in the form of fake gods. It's the Christian’s duty to root these out. 'The Christian destruction of the classical world'.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

simultaneous elections would mean that the centre doesn't have to be in perpetual election mode

so why are these secular types opposing it? because elections are good ways of laundering money. 

Why simultaneous elections are bad for India's democracy
Simultaneous elections runs the risk of undermining the representative gains that political decentralisation of the last two decades have made
COLUMNS Updated: Mar 15, 2018 16:06 IST
Yamini Aiyar

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what does the free indo-pacific mean?


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translation: hans are actually worried about quad + 3

if france, britain and new zealand join the QUAD to contain china, it will hurt the hans. hence this rhetoric.

and oh, the south china sea belongs to us. the indian ocean is negotiable.

Indian media read too much into Macron's visit
By Long Xingchun Source:Global Times Published: 2018/3/15
The Indian Ocean is not an ocean belonging to India, the US or France, but ought to be a "free and open" sea. If any country wants to do anything vicious, the surrounding countries will protest and China can also deal with it. 

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can indian IT services firms really reinvent themselves? hope so

'The new mantra is, reskill or perish'
March 15, 2018 08:35 IST
'30 to 40% of the industry needs to be reskilled as existing jobs will go to automation.'
'Reskilling is required as some existing jobs will not be required in the future.'
With artificial intelligence, cloud computing, automation, virtual reality, Big Data analytics, 3D printing, etc expected to take over the world, there is an urgent need to re-skill and upskill India's techies.
It is with the intention to upskill 4 million IT employees that Nasscom launched the Future Skills Platform earlier in February.
"I have no doubt that India will play not just a major role, but a dominant role in the adoption of new technologies," Nasscom Chairman Raman Roy, left, below, tells Rediff.com's Shobha Warrier.

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no point trying to kowtow to china

Running scared of China
Amulya Ganguli | March 16, 2018
The Chinese are not impressed by a timorous attitude. Instead, they will regard it as just the kind of behaviour they expect from a weaker country.
If India does not want to go down in their estimation, it should not be afraid of letting Beijing know that the acceptance of the Chinese occupation of Tibet does not mean that India will treat those who escaped the dishonour of living under the yoke with disrespect.
The Modi government claims to be a far stronger, nationalistic entity than its predecessor. In no other field of geopolitics is the need for demonstrating its strength greater than on the Tibetan issue.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

three by-poll losses and they're already singing obituaries to modi in 2019

a bit premature. and somebody was suggesting this means 'compromise candidate' for a BJP-led coalition will be arun jaitley.

just weeks ago, they were saying if BJP has a brute majority, then yogi could be the new PM in 2019.

all this is just talk.

however, the BJP has to be careful not to piss off its core supporters. even if they do vote, if they don't show enthusiasm, that means the voting % could be quite low (in the 30s and 40s in gorakhpur) and that would spell trouble for the BJP. 

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Fwd: Support for OLI conducive to China Nepal relations+ The coming of PTEROYUAN+CPEC: western route and Balochistan

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3. Beware of the new Xi Jinping 14.3.18 by Harsh Pant http://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/column-beware-of-the-new-xi-jinping-2593569
4. Support for OLI conducive to China Nepal relations 14.3.18 http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1093170.shtml
5. Power brokers of Kashmir crush nationalist voice 14.3.18 by Brig Anil Gupta http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/power-brokers-of-kashmir-crush-nationalist-voice/
6. The coming of PTEROYUAN 12.3.18 by S R Dadwal http://www.indiandefencereview.com/the-coming-of-the-petroyuan/
7. CPEC: western route and Balochistan 14.3.18 by Hasaan K https://tribune.com.pk/story/1658041/6-cpec-western-route-balochistan/
9. China has ample bargaining chips vs the U.S. 13.3.18 http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1093160.shtml 
The country has been the biggest buyer of US soybeans, reportedly importing about one-third of the entire US crop
Warm Regards
sanjeev nayyar

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Fwd: The existential threat that the oligarchs pose for the Indian Republic

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Date: Sat, Mar 10, 2018 at 1:58 PM
Subject: The existential threat that the oligarchs pose for the Indian Republic


My article in SWARAJYA has just been uploaded.

In this essay, I try to assess the scenario in the country and the existential threat that the oligarchs pose for our ancient civilisation:

Your thoughts are most welcome.

Jay Bhattacharjee

Jay Bhattacharjee MA(Cantab), FCS
Advisor (Corporate Laws & Finance)

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marathas and modi

modi explains why he brings in vibheeshanas


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reflections on hinduphobia

critical defense project of railway lines on tibet border remains unfunded

pablo neruda, nobel winning chilean poet, on his rape of a sri lankan tamil woman



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Quick notes: Security concerns, EV target...

  • Here you go! Trump halts Broadcom takeover of Qualcomm. “If the deal was completed, the U.S. military was concerned that within 10 years, there would essentially be a dominant player in all of these technologies and that’s essentially Huawei, and then the American carriers would have no choice. They would just have to buy Huawei (equipment).”

  • Stand up to China: Modi sarkaar's genuflection to Chinese concerns on Dalai Lama are not in India’s national interest.

  • India scaling back EV ambitions: Govt proposes 30% electric vehicle target, instead of total fleet switch

  • Pollution's cost: 'India incurred $55.39 bn losses in terms of labour output caused by air pollution in 2013'.... From the archives of this blog: Pollution 'hits China's farmland': This is India's future too - unless plans for 'Chemical Hubs' and other pie-in-the-sky are abandoned and real focus is brought to the agri sector . Remember - before giving them jobs - you have to give them food!!!

  • Controversial land deals: Syro-Malabar Catholic Church in Kerala in graft row

  • Scrcpy: Control your Android device from your PC

  • Meera Bhajan in South:

Is ISRO Doing Its Homework?

In its recent PSLV-C40 mission, ISRO has apparently launched 4 small satellites for a small US startup, even though US authorities had deemed those satellites to be unsafe:


The satellites were declared to be unsafe because their small size would lose problems in tracking them - something which is essential in forecasting collisions and preventing them.

Under international law, if satellites are launched into orbit and collide with others causing them damage, then the launch provider can be liable for the damages.