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D-35/10
Jul 13, 2014
08:07 AM

Miss O Gynist,

ALL right wingers bay for risking male lives.

Why, oh why do you start an otherwise well reasoned post (with which I disagree) with your usual garbage?

What you are repeating is the standard "guns" versus "butter" argument.

Do we need better health care and education?  Of course we do.

Should this be achieved by cutting back on our armed forces? NO.

We live in a dangerous world and in a hostile environment with inimical forces on our borders. Cut back on the defence services and there will be nothing left of this country. Unfortunately the Left parties have consistently displayed a greater sensitivity and empathy towards China's interests rather than towards India's. I'm not jingoistic or one who believes that war is the solution to any and every problem with a neighbour.

However, the purpose of the Defence Service (emphasis is on defence) is to make it an unprofitable exercise for any external force wishing to impose its will on India by force of arms. We don't need an army or navy or air force capable of conquering Pakistan or China. We do need these forces to be capable of giving their opponents a bloody nose if they try to encroach on India.

ONE THIRD of Indias budget is ultimately spent on the Indian defence

My reading of the Union budget shows a total anticipated expenditure of 2369892 crores of which 229000 crores is to be spent on defence (revenue and capital). That is definitely not ONE THIRD (33%) but more like 9.66% i.e. less than ONE TENTH. If I am wrong, please explain how.

Diverting money from health and education is BAD policy.

We disagree on this.

Incidentally, there is also human capital involved. And yes, this again is MALES risking their limbs and lives. No reservations here, ( unless the government buys remote weapons, where the feminits can take paid vacations while launching missiles - but that it another story ).

This is your usual rant. It may surprise you to know that the armed forces are being attacked by your feminist friends for being misogynistic by not allowing women to serve in combatunits such as flying fighters. A couple years ago the then Vice Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal PK Barbora was viciously attacked for giving his rationale.

Indian Air Force (IAF) Vice Chief Air Marshal P K Barbora was telling listeners that the induction of women fighter pilots would be a slow process in India.

But he didn’t stop there. He went on to argue that training women up as fighter pilots doesn’t make financial sense, claiming that as it costs the Indian exchequer 11.66 crore rupees (about $ 2.4 million) to train a fighter pilot; women just don’t offer optimum returns.

‘In a few years time, we might see this change, (with women pilots) coming in with certain pre-conditions such as until this age we request you to be happy, be married, but no offspring,’ Barbora said, before going on to suggest that since it takes 13 or 14 years of service for the government to recover its investment in fighter pilots, that women should only start their families after this period.

Barbora’s remarks made him–and the Air Force generally–the target of accusations that the institution is out of touch and chauvinistic and he was forced to apologise for his remarks and issue a statement stating that the views expressed were personal. But the damage was done to an establishment already viewed as sexist.

http://thediplomat.com/2010/02/women-not-worth-the-money-2/

Incidentally, the present Air Chief recently said very much the same recently, making him the target of attack.

Bonita
Chennai, India
D-34/1
Jul 13, 2014
08:00 AM
Iran FM can take it and shove it up his.  

His country is the one which supplied all those rockets to those equally stupid Hamas who thought they can win over Israel using those firecrackers.

If anything Iran should be condemned, as it is the main reason all those Gazans are getting killed, for letting those ignorant imbeciles Hamas not pursue peace with Israel, and think that they ever had a chance with those sparklers. 

Non Fanatic, London
D-33/2
Jul 13, 2014
07:53 AM

Hamas's so called leadership (if one still exists), doesn't even have the collective brains to realize that its own people are the ones getting killed while none of the rockets it is lobbing at Israel is causing even a dent on a tin shed.

No wonder these stupids keep going at it, while Israel is taking them to the cleaners.

Non Fanatic, London
D-32/21
Jul 13, 2014
07:26 AM

29        pl read
"Yeh PATRI per nahi Chalta"

V.N.K.Murti Pattambi
PATTAMBI, India
D-31/14
Jul 13, 2014
07:25 AM

An OUTLOOK reader’s views on the Budget 2014-15: (1) Our Prime Minister feels that it is a panacea for all ills which afflict our economy. On the other hand our former Prime Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) boss and many other politicians have expressed a contrary and critical view. But unattached citizens with independent views should not get carried away by such responses. They will have to examine the budget proposals in an impartial manner. (2) It is understandable that our Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley feels that he has inherited some problems from the UPA regime. Whether he will succeed in tackling these will be known in a few years. One can at best offer good wishes to him. (3) But is it not true that a good part of the blame should go to all political parties, particularly, BJP, TMC, CPM, AIADMK, and of course the Congress? All of them think in terms of winning elections and generally overlook cost of subsidies and the so-called welfare schemes. (4) I think that politicians, irrespective of parties must not indulge in blame games but instead devote their energy for doing the ground work required to do away with unviable subsidies. On their part citizens should be prepared to face the reality which means the petrol, LPG cylinder, railway journeys and so on may cost a little more now but in the long term the finances of the govt. will improve. This, I believe is the message which the Budget for 2014-15 gives to us all. (5) If one considers both direct tax proposals, immediate relief will be available to the salaried class in the form of some saving in his/her income tax outgo for the current financial year, once the Parliament (Lok Sabha) passes the Finance bill and the President gives his assent so that Finance bill becomes an Act. (6) As regards indirect tax and other budget proposals, citizens will have to wait for a few months or even a few years to assess their positive or adverse impact. (7) Lastly, let us be frank about it. Once in power, the BJP has quickly realized that it cannot overlook the preliminary rule of good governance. The rule is that the government should not go overboard by giving many concessions at one go.

Narendra M Apte
PUNE, India
D-30/13
Jul 13, 2014
07:21 AM

@ Ramki Sir
"To get achche din, let us emulate those Kerala Origin nurses"



 Why laugh at poor kerala nurses who happened to be at Iraq
at bad times.? Pl desist from posting gender biased comments.
There are really a lot of things to emulate from kerala origin nurses.
Let us.











 

V.N.K.Murti Pattambi
PATTAMBI, India
D-29/20
Jul 13, 2014
07:11 AM

10 D    Ramki sir
Thanks. I am no naysayer or told 'wont happen'.
Some 30 years  back I learned from my co-traveler
a railway engineer about bullet trains. He said;
"Yeh pari per nahi chaltha" and explained me the technology.
Last decade railway introduced 'Duranto' and it is uneconomical
Go global, no harm, but understand the locol problems and
feasibility.











 

V.N.K.Murti Pattambi
PATTAMBI, India
D-28/25
Jul 13, 2014
06:02 AM

Nationalistic Interpretation, Saffron Cause - The author seems to consider this to be evil terms and claiming her worst fears are coming alive. I may have to remind that Humans were indeed existing in that period which is being rubbished as irrational mythology.

Read out some documentations, for example, about the technology that might have made Pushpaka Vimana possible from Westren researchers, or results from archaelogical surveys of Ayodhya to understand that there is at least a possibility of this history being true. There might be some distortion that naturally occur in narration of these events over ages and generations.

Trust me, no one is going to die because of changing/correcting the interpretation of the history from 'nationalistic' point of view. It's high time we took some pride in our country's ancient past.

Kashyap
New York, United States
D-27/15
Jul 13, 2014
04:16 AM

"How can a sliver of land left over after their homes and lands were taken over by Hitler's refugees wage a war?"

Your knowledge of the Arab Israeli conflict is innacurate, and pitifully inadequate. Israel itself is a tiny sliver of land hemmed in on all sides by extremely hostile neighbours who refuse to acknowledge its right to exist. Such a state cannot exist unless it has zero-tolerance to terrorism and has extremely efficient counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism agency like the Mossad. 

Next, you talk of Hitler's refugees. Most German Jews who escaped from Hitler's Germany settled in the USA. The city of New York alone has more Jews than Israel. During Hitler's lifetime, there was no Israel to seek refuge in.

Most of the immigrants who populated Israel were from Armenia, Egypt, Iran, Morrocco, etc, the Mizrahi and SephardicJews who account for over 50 %. The Ashkenazi Jews, those from what was USSR (20%), Eastern Europe account for about 40 %. Just about 3 % are of German/Austrian origin, who can be called "Hitler's Jews".

The state of Israel was not created by the Jews. Britain, which held the mandate for Palestine after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, carved out the state before it left the area 

First get your facts right. 

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-26/69
Jul 13, 2014
03:56 AM

"Swami Aseemananda said it and we heard it, but you wisely kept your ears closed!:

Whether I keep my ears closed or open is immaterial.

The moot question is why the UPA has not acted on those people, occupying the highest echelons of the RSS, if what Aseemananda purportedly said is true?

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-25/19
Jul 13, 2014
03:52 AM

'' Moreover, he now has his own man as party president, so both the government and the party are firmly under his control.'' This is better than a calition khichori where the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing.

george
london, United Kingdom
D-24/14
Jul 13, 2014
03:52 AM

Anwaar,

"I am not an enemy of Israel, but the gross injustice and military inequality of the situation is receiving increasing attention and sympathy in the West."

Tomorrow, if terrorist groups launch missiles in Kashmir, I guess that you will be saying the same thing - acts of war are between countries, so such an act of hostility by a bunch of terrorists is not an act of war.Onviously, semantics is not your strong point.

You are an apologist of the Hamas and the Islamic Jihad who are holding the Palestinian people to ransom. They keep launching rockets at Israel and use civilians as human shields and you do not have a word of condemnation for these terrorist groups.

Just as the LTTE did not represent the Tamils of Sri Lanka, the Hamas do not represent the Palestinians. Many Palestinians oppose the Hamas. Yet, you do not condemn them. Knowing the intimate links CAIR has with the Hamas, your tacit support is understandable.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-23/18
Jul 13, 2014
03:50 AM

I agree with Mr.Mehta once. India does not need bullet train. The existing tracks need improvement.

george
london, United Kingdom
D-22/24
Jul 13, 2014
03:45 AM

D.N.Jha is a Marxist who is infamous for these kinds of mental excretions:

"In his keynote address Dr. Jha told the audience "the Hindutva forces, in their bid to aggravate religious conflicts in the country, argue that Hindus were forcibly converted to Islam and Christianity in the past and therefore they have to be reconverted so as to take them back into the Hindu fold. But such an assertion has no basis in our history. The idea that the Muslims were destroyers of 'Hindu' temples and that they converted 'Hindus' to Islam by force is extremely tendentious and is largely unfounded." Citing Alberuni Dr. Jha said "the use of force in this conversion was neither necessary nor possible". "

Forced conversion to Islam is impossible? Even today, roughly 1000 Hindu and Christian girls are kidnapped each year in Krapistan, forcibly converted to Islam and "married" to Muslim thugs!

It is time to put the boot in the fat ass of these Marxists crooks and charlatans.

Ram Lala
Kavutaram, India
D-21/68
Jul 13, 2014
03:32 AM

D.L.Narayan,


>>>> "Swami Aseemananda revealed that he had an okay for bomb blasts from Supremo Bhagwat himself. Indresh too is high in the RSS echelons."

>> Pure heresay.


Swami Aseemananda said it and we heard it, but you wisely kept your ears closed!



 

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-20/13
Jul 13, 2014
03:30 AM

D.L.Narayan,

>> If launching missiles is not an act of war.

War can be between two countries. How can a sliver of land left over after their homes and lands were taken over by Hitler's refugees wage a war? Your inherent inability to have any empathy for the Palestinians make you an automatic apologist for Israel! I am not an enemy of Israel, but the gross injustice and military inequality of the situation is receiving increasing attention and sympathy in the West.


 




 

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-19/10
Jul 13, 2014
03:27 AM

This is not for the first time that dna has published and deleted an article. It did the same to Tehseen Poonawalla article in August when Modi wasn't in power. This is media behaviorat its worst

http://www.truthofgujarat.com/indian-media-continues-prostrate-modi-dna-deletes-factual-anti-modi-article-gujarat-riots/

This begets the question - who owns dna? Is it another Ambani holding ?

Don Quixote
Rody, India
D-18/17
Jul 13, 2014
03:18 AM

The rich are certainly getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. This seems to be a worldwide phenomenon. Thomas Piketty is on to something.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-17/2
Jul 13, 2014
03:11 AM

Pakistani soaps are less melodramatic than Indian soaps. They are superior.

Fact
Factpur, Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands
D-16/9
Jul 13, 2014
03:02 AM


The BJP does have a social agenda in mind, but quite different from what Abhijeet Banerjee is referring to. Appointments of dyed-in-the-wool sanghis to key posts indicates what the BJP's "social agenda" is. 
 

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-15/12
Jul 13, 2014
02:54 AM

Hype without substance! That is the definition of the BJP.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-14/4
Jul 13, 2014
02:49 AM
It always belongs to someone else!
Anwaar, Dallas
D-13/2
Jul 13, 2014
02:47 AM

How does Modi become BJP leader in Rajya Sabha without being a member of the Rajya Sabha?

Anwaar, Dallas
D-12/11
Jul 13, 2014
01:56 AM

>> “In terms of the length and in terms of the laundry-and-cookbook approach, the budget was identical with the Congress and therefore very disappointing,” says Surjit S. Bhalla, the chairman of Oxus Investments. This was “more of a vision statement,” he went on to add, “with content to come out later”

Don't know if the author is an idiot or a crook, but the above statement completely misrepresents Bhalla's position on the budget. While the above gives the impression that he is extremely disappointed with the budget, the reality is quite different.

For those interested, here is how he concludes his assessment in his article in IE

No matter how you slice it, Budget 2014-15 (but not the long “everything and don’t forget the kitchen sink” speech) is one of the best content budgets of the last two decades. One will have to wait till the February budget (2015-16) to see if the Modi-Jaitley budget will be remembered as second only (or equal to) the Narasimha Rao-Manmohan Singh budget of 1991.

indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/from-hope-to-reality/99/

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
D-11/23
Jul 13, 2014
01:42 AM

We certainly don't need historians and their followers, who title their article with Ram, but give a picture from Mahabharata.

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
D-10/22
Jul 13, 2014
01:40 AM

Have never heard of Rao. He is obviously not an "eminent historian".

However, the heartburn he is causing amongst the sickos, and the outpourings of grief and wailing his appointment is eliciting from the anti-nationals are reasons enough for his selection.

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
D-9/21
Jul 13, 2014
01:31 AM

>> As a historian, I have no faith. I go by rationality. But I don’t expect the Modi government to be rational

Nice to see Jha express his faith in rationality. Giving that a "rational" man uses the story of a single beggar acquiring super powers that allow him to burn the entire Nalanda university housing thousands, by praying to the sun god for 12 years, it can only be deduced that he is a filthy scum, who shall latch on to anything that blames Hindus for crimes committed by Muslims.

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
D-8/67
Jul 13, 2014
01:27 AM

>> Swami Aseemananda revealed that he had an okay for bomb blasts from Supremo Bhagwat himself.

Oh yeah! Per the "voluntary", and "under no pressure" confession that he made, and which he later retracted.

>> Indresh too is high in the RSS echelons.

Implicated by the same "voluntary", and "under no pressure" confession, that was retracted later.

By contrast, Ghassan Elashi, a founder of the CAIR Texas chapter has been CONVICTED (not charged, or alleged, etc.), for association with Hamas, and founders of CAIR shared stage with leaders of Hamas. CAIR however, continues to remain a "civil rights" organization.

Narayan,

I blame you, not the jehadi for continuing this discussion. He is a filthy pig who shall behave as one. He can't be reasoned with. You have no reason to defend RSS with him. Jehadis like him shall always hate nationalist organizations.

Feel free to kick him around and abuse him. The only thing he deserves is your contempt, not your explanations.

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
D-7/5
Jul 13, 2014
01:26 AM

Jaitley is one of the many members of Modi's lacklustre cabinet. They are establishment figures and backroom boys. Will Jaitley seriously go after people who have looted and stashed trillions abroad? Doubtful. Apart from Modi himself and Amit Shah, most of the rest are just 'time pass' types. Where corruption is concerned, some in the BJP can give the Congis a run for their money. As things stand today, the only positive outcome of the election is that Hindu self respect is a notch higher.

Fact
Factpur, Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands
D-6/20
Jul 13, 2014
01:26 AM

To those who discredit the British of subjugating Indian's mind, here are some facts. It was the European scholars brought vedas and other hindu scriptures to the world including Indians in 17-18th century. They translated from Sanskrit to English so the mankind can know about these glorious texts. Before that these books were preserves of few brahmans. Then in late 19th century they discovered Bodh Gaya and the entire Buddhist ruins and history in India. Before anything related to Buddhism was unknown in the subcontinent. We better thank the European for Indian awekening. 

Rajesh
Phoenix, United States
D-5/3
Jul 13, 2014
12:52 AM

2 D Akash

"...Just as an info, the current Washington DC was built on a marshland ..."

IF Indian politicians were as honest as American politicians, then we would have ALREADY had a thousand Washington DCs. Is nt expecting Indian politicians not to demand their pound of flesh in real estate development ( in the name of progress and community service, of course ) asking for too much?

Misogynist
Chennai, India
D-4/4
Jul 13, 2014
12:36 AM

Like PC, Jaitley is yet another lawyer turned politician. Indian justice system is ridden with bad characters.

How truly they said: politics is the last refuge of the scoundrels.

Misogynist
Chennai, India
D-3/8
Jul 13, 2014
12:28 AM

6 D Ramki

Contrary to what leftists preach...

True, ALL right wingers bay for risking male lives. But branding anyone who asks to lessen defence expenditure as leftist, is classic right wing propaganda ( against leftists ) 

the defence expenditure as a % of GDP in India is one of the lowest among large sized nation in the world.

Maybe True ( depends on how much you trust govermnent figures ), but you have to factor in that India has one of the largest ILLITERATE people in the world, and they are in poverty, and need help from the state to be educated.


The 2.29 lakh crore defence budget sounds large but it simply fails to register that over 60% of it goes to pay wages of soldiers and pensions of ex-servicemen

ONE THIRD of Indias budget is ultimately spent on the Indian defence, including pay and pensions of maintaining one of the largest armies in the world

So stop cribbing about defense expenses. It is not about money but about efficiently using money.

This money is used from 'saving' expenditure on health and education. Diverting money from health and education is BAD policy. Incidentally, there is also human capital involved. And yes, this again is MALES risking their limbs and lives. No reservations here, ( unless the government buys remote weapons, where the feminits can take paid vacations while launching missiles - but that it another story ).

Tamilnadu and Kerala (state governments) spend lot of money on public schools ....

The quality of education has a lot to be desired, and this is not just in schools. Not just quality, but also quantity. The quality of education has come down in the last 2 - 3 decades, since feminit Indira Gandhi started getting defence kickbacks through Pawar, and diverted the expenditure from education.

Incidentally, the HIGHEST ever percentage India has ever achieved in education was in 1998 under BJP founder Vajpayee. Even advanced, literate, countries like the USA spend 5.5% of its MASSIVE budget on education. No wonder they are advanced

Misogynist
Chennai, India
D-2/4
Jul 13, 2014
12:24 AM

It does not reallly matter if you think Ramayana or Mahabharata are fictional, true or part fictional accounts. There importance lies in the fact that much of Indian pilosophical and cultural heritage is rooted in old Indian classics from puranas to Bhagwatgita to Mahabharata. All religions are a mix of myh and reality. Its themessage they convey that is important and not the veracitty of the details .

the Latin and Greek classics , with all their myth and mythology, are widely taught in US schools , often as optional subjects. Similarly Indian history , is equally rich and replete with such classics , many of which like Gita and Mahabharata form the basis of Indian philosophical thought , just as the Greek and Roman history, influenced Western thought or as they say in US Judeo-Christian civilization.

Why do not India treach the rich heritage of Indiian classics to its students and atleast offer Indian philosophy, as enshrined in the old classics, as an optional subject ?

Take the best from every religion and philosophy. The concepts of Karma, action and its consequences which even Gods cannot absolve you of, of rightful action or Dharma , must be taught.

Pay no attention to Arabists, Hislamists and the most thuggish and vile of them all the no-selfrespect-sickular crowd.

What is equally important is to cleanse Indian history of all the lies and tell the factual account of the brutality of muslim rule and genocide of Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and any non-muslims  in vast areas of Indian subcontinent where they used to be a majority , from Afganistan to Pakistan to Kashmir valley to Bangladesh and now parts of India itself.

SaachBolo
SaachGarh, India
D-1/16
Jul 13, 2014
12:04 AM

15 D DLN

"...please refrain from making insipid comments about stuff you know little about..."

Like Moditards, you assume that no one else is capable of thinking, and ANYBODY who opposes BJP policy must therefore be hen-pecked by Her Majesty?

Indians have seen far too much corruption in the form of crony capitalism from "mega" schemes like these by politicians, including your icon Modi himself, to be easily fooled yet again.

Misogynist
Chennai, India
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