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Saurav
Saurav
3 years ago

https://twitter.com/nikhiletc/status/1416050327510454273

“Last night,@mehdirhasan spoke with@Hindus4HR cofounder Sunita Viswanath about the rise of Hindu nationalism (#Hindutva) in India, its parallels to white Christian nationalism in the US, and why Indian & Hindu Americans must speak out against Hindutva:”

Bhimrao
Bhimrao
3 years ago
Reply to  Saurav

2 points:

(1)Is Viswanath a brahmin? If yes then woke brahmins (especially Tamil, Mallu and Bengali) living abroad must be excommunicated from Hinduism. We should call their religion Brahminism to differentiate ourselves.

(2) Discussing this with Mehndi Fucking Hassan!

https://mobile.twitter.com/mehdirhasan/status/1112424012888633344?lang=en

Saurav
Saurav
3 years ago
Reply to  Bhimrao

” If yes then woke brahmins (especially Tamil, Mallu and Bengali) living abroad must be excommunicated from Hinduism. ”

Well what do we know Bhim, we are supposedly the cuck N-Indians vs the chad Hindus of South and East…

Spider Silva
Spider Silva
2 years ago
Reply to  Bhimrao

What’s wrong with Mehdi Hasan?

Brown
Brown
3 years ago
Reply to  Saurav

oh!! god!! she looks like betal in vikram aur betal !!

Saurav
Saurav
3 years ago

https://arynews.tv/imran-khan-shah-mahmood-qureshi-shake-hands-india-jaishankar/

“Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday did not shake hands with India’s External Affairs Minister Jaishankar during a group photo at the Tashkent conference, ARY NEWS reported.”

Saurav
Saurav
3 years ago

https://twitter.com/HuXijin_GT/status/1415981229858426885

“The cowardly terrorists behind this attack dare not show up until now. But they will definitely be found out and must be exterminated. If Pakistan’s capability is not enough, with its consent, China’s missiles and special forces can be put into action.”

Bhimrao
Bhimrao
3 years ago
Reply to  Saurav

How convinced will the Chinese be by the regular ‘India did it’ ?

Saurav
Saurav
3 years ago
Reply to  Bhimrao

Not much convinced. The chinese state despite the bombast of its papers and diplomats is pragmatic and hard nosed. If a dam has to be built over the bodies of million chinese engineers it would do that. Its not US or the west which cares much about its folks. Everything is at the service of a larger goal. So both trade with India, as well infra in Pak will go on, notwithstanding what India does either on Ladakh or in Pakistan.

We sometimes forget that its also the nation of the cultural revolution.

Hoju
Hoju
3 years ago
Reply to  thewarlock

Time for President’s Rule in UP!

Ugra
Ugra
3 years ago

I saw a comment in the previous thread insinuating that the ISRO’s competence was on the wane because they didn’t reply to an RTI about Chandrayaan-2’s failure. This sounds exactly like the kind of “technological illiteracy” that plagues Indian media. And I also don’t have any doubt that that you are just parroting some piece from a low level journo.

The conclusion to a RTI query was never/is not a goalpost for competence. The right to redact overrides the RTI Act. Read it up.

If you asked the FMECA of the 4680 battery in an email to Tesla, they will politely ask you to f**k off. If you asked the FMEA modes for the latest photolithography methods at ASML, you will get the same reaction. These are the accumulated design competence of dozens of years of research.

The landing thrusters and the gain signals algorithm to allow the vehicle to brake in outer space has dual-use consequences. The same technology is used in MIRV warheads for braking in the earth’s outer atmosphere. Only a handful of nations possess these capabilities. Even a small reaction to how it failed can adequately present enough info for the discerning observer. For the longest time, ISRO was on the dual control list of most technology regimes like MTCR, Wassenaar etc.

Coming to the failure itself – ISRO has stated enough information to allow a reasoned observer to work out what happened roughly. In the initial design stages, the craft had only four landing thrusters at the four corners. In one FMEA run, there was a significant probability of the corner thrusters creating a backdraft of moon soil to the belly of the craft while landing.

So they switched the design to a 5 engine one – with the extra one at the center. While landing, the central thruster alone would work – and the four corner thrusters would shut off. Therefore any backdraft would be propelled away from the vehicle.

Four corner thrusters are always better than one central for axis adjustment – so they did not (or) perhaps they did – factor this in. Whatever the scenario, they miscalculated. So the craft faced a non-recoverable loss of orientation in the final stages. Pretty sure, they now know – it was a costly FMECA!!!

Vikram
3 years ago
Reply to  Ugra

Seriously man, are you trying to argue that India’s geo-strategic rivals will be able to gain a military advantage by reading FAC reports ?

In previous mission failures, which by the way involved the much more critical cryogenic engine, the reports were made public. I am sure the authors of the reports and relevant ISRO staff are smart enough to say whats needed without revealing any critical information.

You gave the example of Tesla and ASML, those are private companies accountable to their shareholders. They exist to make a profit. This is not the case for ISRO. It is funded by tax payer revenue of a democratic country. ISRO’s job here is to lay out best practices, and set an example for the rest of Indian industry on how to analyze and fix failures. Not hide behind the cloak of national security.

Ugra
Ugra
3 years ago
Reply to  Vikram

To imply that – a taxpayer funded organisation – is creating open-source technology for the benefit of everyone is not new. There have been RTI’s filed for other classified stuff as well.

The second thing you don’t understand is that this is a loss of craft situation where the debris are not accessible. Somewhat similar to MH370 – there cannot be a technical conclusion beyond the fact that the craft is lost and mission has failed. Almost all the major structural components of the failed GSLV were recovered from the sea. And all major data parameters were being logged until moment of failure.

In contrast, the Chandrayaan 2 was lost at the fag end of “15 minutes of terror” – when the craft goes into autonomous mode to land. Every conclusion is only a probabilistic statement.

Again ISRO has released several pieces of informed conjecture on what could have happened. It is in the public domain. Whatever I have written about thruster design is from ISRO only. So not sure why do you keep assuming non-release of info (??)

Vikram
3 years ago
Reply to  Ugra

The discussion here is about a break of precedent regarding the release of FAC reports to the public. You seem to be implying that the details of this particular failure justify the secrecy, but like I pointed out, earlier reports dealing with even more sensitive technologies have been released without any adverse reactions. Experienced, competent public organizations understand their public role beyond simply meeting targets set by politicians or bureaucrats.

Ugra
Ugra
3 years ago
Reply to  Vikram

You have to stop the sermonizing in order to listen. NASA routinely places many aspects of its space missions (RTGs, space station, payloads etc) outside the purview of the FOIA. ISRO are the competent authority in deeming what is permissible and what is not.

Bhimrao
Bhimrao
3 years ago
Reply to  Vikram

@Ugra, Vikram:
What do you guys think about Chinese HSR? The tickets are not exactly cheap on these things, I had used Shinkansen in Tokyo and the only big benefit was just walking into a train station instead of the hassle at the airport, in many cases it is cheaper to take the plane.

I shit my pants looking at the pace of their HSR construction.

Nothing came out of the Train 20, Train 18 was too overweight. No news after Titagarh’s Firema acquisition either. Do you guys see any chance we will have our own bogey design in future? Standardizing is good but LHB won’t take us to HSRs. Bogey and traction are the hard parts, rest of the things I think we can pull off.

Saurav
Saurav
3 years ago
Reply to  Vikram
Bhimrao
Bhimrao
3 years ago
Reply to  Vikram

This is one thing where I think it is about cracking it for the first time, making the first one is difficult. Then we will kill it. We do manufacture foreign railway designs very efficiently and entirely within India.

We have cracked metro rail, we already have all the non-Japanese big ones Alstom, Bombardier and Hyundai(BEML) manufacturers making in India.

I have used subway systems in Europe, Japan and the US. Our systems are just as good and are built very economically too.

At some point I expect Titagarh Wagons and maybe even Medha Servos to become really big in manufacturing rolling stock. For HSR Railway has set up centers in IIT Kgp and Varanasi, but I don’t think hard core engineering design can be done by academia, as there is no serious money available. Even if we copy/import Japanese/French rolling stock the main expense is in civil works, building concrete track beds, piling, earthmoving etc which cannot be avoided.

Sumit
Sumit
3 years ago
Reply to  Vikram

Big difference between HSR like Shinkansen and maglev.
I think maglevs are too expensive, but HSR has a lot of practical value. It is way better experience (faster regional journeys, cheaper, more convenient) than a plane ride.

I remember after the success of the Delhi metro rail project in 2009 a now a whole lot of new metro rail projects popped up in every reasonably large city in India. So this stuff can change fast. Have a look at the dates here..
.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_rail_transit_in_India)

I hope India doesn’t bungle the Mumbai -Ahmedabad Shinkansen project.

The other two approved Shinkansen projects are:

Delhi–Amritsar high-speed rail corridor
Chennai–Mysuru high-speed rail corridor

And there are a bunch more proposed. Eventually I think India has the density to have a lot of HSR lines. Like Europe or East Asia.

Stuff like Maglev and Hyperloop are expensive pipedreams imo.

Saurav
Saurav
3 years ago

https://twitter.com/BostonReview/status/1413260375563329542

“In India today, storytelling is being violently censored not only by the state, but also by religious fanatics, caste groups, vigilantes, and mobs who burn cinema halls, force writers to withdraw their novels, and assassinate journalists.” — Arundhati Roy

Saurav
Saurav
3 years ago

https://twitter.com/basitresearcher/status/1416085316843163648

“Taliban’s spokesman @Zabehulah_M33 in his intrvw with@TOLOnews has pitched the Islamic Emirate model as desirable by various Islamists. For instance, he referred to the discontent of the Iranian people under the Ayatollahs & described Pak as a weak state.”

Saurav
Saurav
3 years ago

https://twitter.com/TVI_PK/status/1415727133910044677

“As India implements its Plan B and sends fresh military support to Kabul, Indian pilots-operated ‘Afghan Air Force’ is planning to launch attacks on Pakistani targets in Balochistan in the name of hitting ‘Taliban forces’ in Spin Boldak in order to spark off Pak-Afghan tension.”

Saurav
Saurav
3 years ago

https://twitter.com/seemasirohi/status/1415863595821379585

“September 1994: the Taliban took the strategic post of Spin Boldak on the Af-Pak border, allegedly with cover fire provided by Pakistani Frontier Corps, according to a US Embassy (Islamabad) cable from the time. Pak officers coordinated.”

S Qureishi
S Qureishi
3 years ago

“How can we tell Taliban to stop attacking now when they are winning. They won’t listen to us.. time to talk to them was was before..”

Imran Khan to Ghani and others. Troll mode on lol

Negotiations are not conducted from the point of weakness.. only surrender.. and Taliban see victory, they won’t be giving too many concessions in dialogue.

thewarlock
thewarlock
3 years ago
Reply to  S Qureishi

I mean it is fair for him to gloat now. Taliban Khan has won

Saurav
Saurav
3 years ago

https://twitter.com/Roohan_Ahmed/status/1416102245398163460

“Bol News, a Pakistani channel, has labeled Danish Siddiqui, a Reuters journalist who lost his life while covering Taliban-Afghan forces clashes in Kandahar, an Indian spy.
@Reuters should drag these idiots to court for insulting a brilliant journalist”

surasena
surasena
3 years ago

I encountered some twitter pak nationalists- half of their tweets were basically showcasing indus valley as a land with more years of buddhist predominance than the gangetic plains.

Dont they realize that all the places associated with the Buddha are located in the “gangu” plains-
Kushinagar, Sarnath, Lumbini, Vaishali, Rajgir, Shravasti.

thewarlock
thewarlock
3 years ago
Reply to  surasena

Online Pak Nationalism is claiming all that is good about Indian Civilization as theirs and all that is bad as that of only the Gangetic Plain. Then there is the underlying component of racial hatred and Birdari Ethnonationalism. The final element ranges from soft radical islamoapologism to straight up radical Islam

Saurav
Saurav
3 years ago

https://twitter.com/AsianetNewsEN/status/1416267228291293189

“Sorry for the death of Indian journalist #DanishSiddiqui, we do not know how he died; journalist entering the war zone should inform us, we will take proper care of that particular individual,” said a #Taliban spokesperson on Friday.

Saurav
Saurav
3 years ago

https://www.geo.tv/latest/360117-pm-imran-khan-to-embark-on-two-day-visit-to-uzbekistan-today

Pakistan, Uzbekistan to develop film on first Mughal emperor Babar: PM Imran Khan

Bhimrao
Bhimrao
3 years ago
Reply to  Saurav

I remember reading Babur torched Lahore. But then maybe Pakistanis consider themselves projeny of Babur’s army and not people of Lodi’s empire. Maybe the sacking would make it to the climactic scene. This or the sabzkhor Kafirs who discount geostrategy being outmaneuvered and defeated in Khanwa.

If Indians can lionize Akbar in movies and on TV and not Pratap why can’t the Pakistanis do the same?

Sumit
Sumit
3 years ago
Reply to  Bhimrao

“sabzkhor Kafirs who discount geostrategy being outmaneuvered and defeated”

if our dal-khor bros (pak punjabis) manage to dominate Central Asia its actually a nice little revenge for babur’s sack of Lahore.

God speed Pakistani bros go avenge your ancestors.

Scorpion Eater
Scorpion Eater
3 years ago
Reply to  Bhimrao

pakistan has named its missiles after gauri, gaznawi and babur. however some uber-ghazis like taimur and abdali are conspicuous by their absence. will the resident geo-strategists please throw some light on this egregious act of omission?

Scorpion Eater
Scorpion Eater
3 years ago
Reply to  S Qureishi

there you go. abdali – check!
taimur is still missing. is it because taimur beat the shit out of ottomans, and he is not a palatable name in pakstan’s new BFF turkey?

S Qureishi
S Qureishi
3 years ago
Reply to  S Qureishi

Taimur fucked up Iran and Turkey more than India. So nah. He is only awarded with baby boy names, but missiles? Not worthy

Narasingha Deva
Narasingha Deva
3 years ago
principia
principia
3 years ago

Ajai Shukla, the best defence reporter in India, is now telling us the Chinese have renewed their aggression at the LoAC.

https://www.ajaishukla.com/2021/07/china-india-clash-again-with-pla-back.html

Apparently there was a lull, and even a partial withdrawal, during the winter of 2020-21, but now there’s an ongoing re-escalation. The Chinese have now also deployed at least one, possibly two, S-400 anti-aircraft regiments. So far, India has had regional air superiority, but this would now be drastically reduced.

I struggle to see what China gains from this. Modi genuinely tried to reach out. Alienating India was a horrific owngoal from Beijing and what do they have to show for it? A few rocks that they don’t even control fully. Anyone who thinks the Chinese are geopolitical masterminds isn’t paying attention. They seem experts in picking fights with their neighbours. I don’t buy the “Chinese Century” hype.

Bhumiputra
Bhumiputra
3 years ago
Reply to  principia

That Ajai Shukla guy is not exactly neutral or bipartisan observer.
Re China behavior, I am more inclined to Adam Townsend theory that current events show a confluence between Chinese interest and those of western elites. India is a wrinkle in those plans. Hence needs to be boxed in.

Ugra
Ugra
3 years ago
Reply to  principia

@principia

Ajai Shukla, the best defence reporter in India….

Sounds like someone downgraded the definition of “best” and “reporter” to make this line possible.

Saurav
Saurav
3 years ago
Reply to  principia

China has made this assessment that India is the US camp and there can be no rapprochement. So its taking its gains as when it can. A good relation with India has no tangible benefit for Chinese. Trade will go on , in the same lop sided manner, or else India suffers more than China.

Right now India’s border infrastructure is still catching up, and within a decade it can , if not defeat than deter, the Chinese advancement in the North. So its trying to occupy whatever terrain it can, the spaces earlier which both sides used to just patrol. Especially after Doklam where India entered Chinese claimed land, they have been trying to fortify their positions. Wont put too much onus on S-400 deployed and all. Its mostly show of strength from either side.

sbarrkum
3 years ago
Reply to  Saurav

Saurav
First thanks for the Gupta interview from a couple of months back. Had computer issues etc.

Regards India China border, a theory (dont have the link) is that China is goading India to spend money on defense. Money much needed by India for its economy and social well being.

A similar situation is unfolding in the US, though of their own making. Spending Trillions for wars and to impose “human rights” with billion dollar deficits . Meanwhile, infrastructure in US is aging and social cohesion is falling apart.

Now pulling out of Afghanistan and rumblings of pulling out of Iraq.
Is it
a) Because costs are too high
b) Getting ducks in a row for big one
c) Or both above

Saurav
Saurav
3 years ago
Reply to  sbarrkum

Well aware of the China’s goading theory, there is also this sister theory that China wants India to commit to land forces, so that it does not invest in its Navy to help the QUAD. I am not convinced by either though.

I don’t think China’s is worried that India will catch up to it. Especially if there is really a war either in East China’s seas or even in Malacca strait, China’s bet is its not much of India concern. India’s concern is more or less its boundaries and a bit of Indian ocean. What i think China doubts, is that India will take advantage in its West (highly unlikely and too adventurous for Indian standards, but still) when its fighting or engaged its East(which is still China’s primary concern). That coupled with Tibet and Xinkiang , plus its thin forces, is the reason of its actions. It wants to solidify its position in the West (Especially areas not demarcated and just patrolled) , so that it can fully concentrate on East.

Vikram
3 years ago
Reply to  Saurav

That seems like a short term tactical gains plan rather than a long term strategy. Backs up what principia said earlier. Getting your high margin tech companies booted out of the largest and fastest growing media market does not sound very smart. Despite all the razzle dazzle infrastructure, consumption in Chinese cities is only about 1.5 times that of Indian ones, and a fraction of that in America.
https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_cities.jsp?country1=India&city1=Mumbai&country2=China&city2=Shanghai&displayCurrency=USD

Narasingha Deva
Narasingha Deva
3 years ago
thewarlock
thewarlock
3 years ago
Vikram
3 years ago
Reply to  thewarlock

@thewarlock, life’s too short to get hung up about these things. It will resolve on its own in time.

GauravL
GauravL
3 years ago
Narasingha Deva
Narasingha Deva
3 years ago

https://theprint.in/economy/gujarat-power-distribution-companies-rank-best-on-key-performance-indicators-report-says/698097/

Gujarat power distribution companies rank best on key performance indicators, report says

Narasingha Deva
Narasingha Deva
3 years ago
thewarlock
thewarlock
3 years ago

https://qr.ae/pGu861

He is personification of evil Bania to them: dark, thin, intelligent, and Hindu.

surasena
surasena
3 years ago
Reply to  thewarlock

Yeah but they should have picked on something else than buddhism to do so-
It is literally the most gangetic religion to ever exist.

Vikram
3 years ago
Reply to  thewarlock

Modern day urban Indians (especially Saurav’s ‘more Hindu’ N. Indians and Gujaratis) dont like Gandhi either. I think a big part of the revulsion in India also stems from his appearance and lifestyle.

thewarlock
thewarlock
3 years ago
Reply to  Vikram

He was creepy. And his ahimsa stuff went overboard. This is coming from someone raised and around a lot of Jains

Saurav
Saurav
3 years ago
Reply to  Vikram

I don’t think he is revulsed. He is appreciated as one would appreciate a saint. Good guy but nothing to take inspiration from. Folks are more inspired by macho figures and he wasn’t one.

Scorpion Eater
Scorpion Eater
3 years ago

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-57817614

anecdotes of US based academic kaushik basu on his brief stint in Indian government.

the book falls into a general pattern of memoirs where some indian american academics take leave of their profession to serve in Indian govt, enjoy the perks and privileges while there, and as soon as they return to US, they diss on indian govt in some memoir.

the whole thing reeks of hypocrisy. one anecdotes stands out in particular. apparently there was a bathroom reserved for super elites of power pyramid in the ministry of finance. exactly 3 individuals had the privilege to use this bathroom, and prof basu was initially not one of them. now prof basu claims that his staff, despite his protests, waged a battle to get him the privilege of using this power bathroom.

hard to believe that the staff would fight for the right of their boss to relieve himself in some charmed commode, a pleasure that was denied to themselves. and even if the story is true, couldnt prof basu have set an example by insisting on keep using the general use bathrooms?

games people play.

Ugra
Ugra
3 years ago
Reply to  Scorpion Eater

Come on, Kaushik Basu has the right to write about the high points of his career.

Saurav
Saurav
3 years ago
Reply to  Scorpion Eater

“hard to believe that the staff would fight for the right of their boss to relieve himself in some charmed commode, a pleasure that was denied to themselves”

I think if u would know India’s babu-dom slavish displays then ‘waging a battle’ is actually quite meh. That his staff didn’t murder someone to get him access to the bathroom is surprising.

thewarlock
thewarlock
3 years ago

https://www.yahoo.com/news/asian-americans-elite-colleges-drop-215953193.html
“If standardized test scores were the only factor evaluated in admissions, 21% of Asian American students attending these institutions would be displaced, along with 39% of non-Asian American students.”
Misleading title. And above though is the key stat ^

The funny thing is that they looked at 91 of the most selective schools. Narrow it down to the Top 25 USWNR. That’s where it gets more interesting. Also, not all schools even release test scores without a court order. Not sure how good data was obtained. But I have to look into that.

Also, I encourage everyone to read into California’s original affirmative action push. And how Berkely turned way more Asian American pretty much overnight as Asians threatened the Democratic party with Republican voting drives. The era for giving people points on standardized tests for their race must end.

Support poor kids with free school lunches, summer camps, SAT classes, etc. But don’t reduce standards. And help for the poor will disproportionately help minorities. Whereas, the current system just favors the upper class minorities, many of whom are more “privileged” than so called poor members of the “historically oppressor racial groups.”

Narasingha Deva
Narasingha Deva
3 years ago

https://swarajyamag.com/analysis/even-as-kerala-records-16148-new-covid-19-cases-cm-pinarayi-vijayan-lifts-lockdown-for-three-days-in-view-of-bakrid

Even As Kerala Records 16,148 New Covid-19 Cases, CM Pinarayi Vijayan Lifts Lockdown For Three Days In View Of Bakrid

Narasingha Deva
Narasingha Deva
3 years ago

https://theprint.in/opinion/iisc-tifr-tiss-tmc-ncpa-j-n-tatas-famed-five-are-indias-crown-jewels/697501/

IISc, TIFR, TISS, TMC, NCPA – J.N. Tata’s ‘famed five’ are India’s crown jewels

fragment_and_activities
fragment_and_activities
3 years ago

Guys, Abhinav Prakash (who often hosts Razib on his vlog and has been on Brownpundits podcast) has joined BJYM (youth wing of BJP) as National Vice President.

We have been listening to future minister of the country 🙂 . Would be interesting to see if he continues with his vlog and if he will come back on Brownpundits Podcast again.

Brown
Brown
3 years ago

also earlier guru prasad (paswan) joind b j p.
it appears the middle class dalits do not find b j p abhorring. one half of dalit community is with b j p in karnataka.

Saurav
Saurav
3 years ago

Watching El Cid on Amazon Prime. Though its about El Cid, i find the Jiminez dynasty intrigue far more interesting than El Cid’s heroics. Especially Alfonso (who i had read mostly as scheming king) is portrayed in far more sympathetic light.

A good show, if someone is interested in Reconquista era.

thewarlock
thewarlock
3 years ago

https://www.yahoo.com/news/chinas-5-6-billion-high-090000655.html

Forgot India. Even USA is behind on such stuff

Bhimrao
Bhimrao
3 years ago
Reply to  thewarlock

All these project management people, all these transportation analysts, all these urban planners and all these construction managers and yet… Look at how pathetic is the California’s High speed railway. America is the losing side. Can’t blame Kissinger for this, America just can’t build anything big at a justifiable cost. The efforts being wasted on stupid stunts like Hyperloop… God these people are stupid.

Brown
Brown
3 years ago

every analyst is writing that taliban in kabul will be bad for india in kashmir as they can come here and attack. is our defence so weak ? if it becomes clear that taliban/ afghan terrorists are involved say in a terrorist act, what prevents india from hitting back at them by missiles? at least it will not be like what was 20 years back.
india can officially get involved in balochistan and cause more pain for pakistan.

Vikram
3 years ago
Reply to  Brown

India should be prepared for a lot more conflict in Kashmir. Pakistan has put the Taliban back in power and will expect its RoI. On the other hand, it looks like the Maoist insurgency and issues in the North East are at an ebb, which frees up some resources to deal with the issues.

Narasingha Deva
Narasingha Deva
3 years ago

https://theprint.in/world/brit-pakistani-charged-with-conspiracy-to-kill-pak-blogger-to-be-produced-in-uk-court-monday/698461/

Brit-Pakistani charged with conspiracy to kill Pak blogger, to be produced in UK court Monday

DaThang
DaThang
3 years ago

I remember asking about a source/paper/summary which was titled along the lines of ‘where are they now?’. In particular this had info on where ancient south Asian remains including the mesolithic ones are being kept. I have recently come across it and would like to share it for anyone else who was interested in it.

https://www.academia.edu/25951197/Chapter_1_Where_Are_They_Now_The_Human_Skeletal_Remains_from_India

The UP mesolithic samples are kept in Allahabad University. It would be interesting to see the ancient DNA results of these remains.

Son Goku
Son Goku
3 years ago
Reply to  DaThang

@DaThang Thanks for sharing.
It would be interesting to see what percentage of their DNA belongs to the first settlers (Y haplogroup C) and subsequent migrants like H-men. I remember you hypothesized the “Aurignacian” Levant as a possible place of origin for Y haplogroup H.
Is there any ongoing project on ancient DNA from India?

DaThang
DaThang
3 years ago
Reply to  Son Goku

I do not know about ongoing projects.

Saurav
Saurav
3 years ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5i6-q6IeHX0

Hinglaj Devi: Identity and Change in Pakistani Hindus

Sumit
Sumit
3 years ago
Reply to  thewarlock

Is this real ? lol

How do Pakistani Phindus reckon that Gautama’s teachings spread from Lumbini to Gandhara ?

Ancient Vimanas ?

reminds me of this skit, but somehow “Pakistani” and also ‘light brown supremacist’ racsim haha
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjWd9a8Ck8U&t=53s

Narasingha Deva
Narasingha Deva
3 years ago

https://amp.scroll.in/article/1000202/the-success-of-icelands-four-day-week-sounds-too-good-to-be-true-because-it-indeed-is

The success of Iceland’s ‘four-day week’ sounds too good to be true – because it is

sbarrkum
3 years ago

More evidence the US is getting ready for a big one.

US Senate Democrats are reportedly preparing to overhaul the nation’s military Selective Service System to require that all Americans, including women, be required to register for the draft.

Senator Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island), chairman of the Armed Services Committee, has authored legislation expanding the registration requirement to include women, Politico reported on Monday, citing a copy of the bill. The current registration mandate applies only to males, when they reach 18, and carries potential fines or imprisonment for violators.

https://www.rt.com/usa/529670-us-women-military-draft/

Saurav
Saurav
3 years ago

https://twitter.com/kodungolan737/status/1417105057686843399?s=21

“ What if Danish Siddiquis phone was hacked and his location was being tracked? What if such information was passed on to some Afghan intelligence agency? Is it not convenient to take out a free spirited journalist in a foreign soil where no investigation is possible?“

Our Dravidians can rival Indus gang….

Brown
Brown
3 years ago

china is being asked to enter afghanistan.
https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/china-role-in-afghanistan-economic-development-7412617/ – by raja mohan

but how will Chinese survive with out pork?

Onlooker
Onlooker
3 years ago

All this talk of the Taliban being used in Kashmir is nonsense. It won’t make any difference. If it could it would have in the years leading to 2001.

surasena
surasena
3 years ago

Lmao these dravidians on twitter will become part of the “jai meem jai bheem” gang in order to seperate themselves from the hindutvavadi northies

Btw the fact that Bihar has higher literacy than Andhra Pradesh isnt talked about enough

Siddharth
Siddharth
3 years ago

The latest mag edition of Nat Geo features the article ‘Too Hot to Live’ which talks about how entire areas of the earth are likely to become literally too hot for humans to avoid being cooked alive without massive availability of air conditioning for everyone – and no surprises that the Indian subcontinent is highlighted as the highest risk zone in the world.

Researchers have come up with the indicator of ‘mortality cost’ which reflects the economic value of lives lost and the expense of adaptations such as air conditioning. This is affected by geography, age distribution and income as can be expected. Cities in the global north will be net winners as their winters will be balmier and summers still livable despite higher temperatures. Some cities in the global south such as Singapore, Rio, Mexico City, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad will get hotter too but since these are already adapted to the heat they are expected to see slight net decreases in mortality cost due to increase in availability of air conditioning and other developments brought about by economic growth – this is just what the article says, I don’t fully believe it as it may be optimistic IMO.

Cities in W Asia, SSA and the NW of the subcontinent are expected to be worst affected. In India, Delhi and Amritsar will see small but considerable increases in both average temperature and mortality cost but not nearly as much as (in ascending order) Dhaka, Chittagong, Karachi, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Peshawar, Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad and Multan. Chennai and Kolkata just about manage to stay at the same mortality cost level as today, with increases in temperature offset by economic growth.

Grim times ahead for the subcontinent as evidenced by nearly all environmental indicators. I still think the mega-heat wave cum drought that kills millions in north India as predicted by Kim Stanley Robinson in The Ministry of the Future may be far fetched, but increasing the liveability of cities and the environment seem to be the least priority items of the Indian government – that’s my impression, I’m happy to be corrected by someone better informed than myself

Vikram
3 years ago
Reply to  Siddharth

How do these modelers explain the fact that India’s agrarian output has grown rapidly in the last 3 decades despite flat consumption of fertilizers and pesticides ? I dont think urban economies will be affected much, after all Dubai and Phoenix are thriving metropolises despite the high temperatures.

Also, in the US the center of population has been continuously shifting from the cold northeast to the much hotter southwest.

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