Monthly Archives: October 2012

The 1962 India-China war, and the tactics of the two governments: “The Chinese would always dress smartly, and they would never ask the locals to work as porters, something that the Indian Army of that time regarded as a natural privilege. Although most of the Chinese soldiers were very young, not a single case was recounted of misbehaviour with Monpa women. Anything taken from the locals was scrupulously paid for. But while generating respect, the PLA failed to generate trust”

Read: http://ajaishukla.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/1962-how-china-lost-battle-for-hearts.html

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The Anniversary: “All I want to do is change the name of the avenue in central New Delhi named after Krishna Menon, the man primarily responsible for not just the humiliation of 1962 but also the loss of so many lives. A political system that still names avenues after an obstinate, autocratic disaster like him … needs to introspect and correct its view of history. Or somebody pick up that sand-blaster and spray paint and rename it after Major Shaitan Singh or 13 Kumaon”

Read http://www.indianexpress.com/news/national-interest-1962-a-different-story/1019401/0

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Where do India’s super-rich get their money? | “India is now an outlier with respect to the size of billionaire wealth relative to the size of her economy, especially for a relatively poor country. We present here some of the facts on India’s billionaire wealth, over time and in the international context”

Read: http://www.epw.in/system/files/pdf/2012_47/40/Where%20Do%20Indias%20Billionaires%20Get%20Their%20Wealth.pdf

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Goodbye to Yash Chopra | “King of romance, master of the emotion-laden weepie and lover of beautiful people and beautiful locations are some of the terms being showered on Yash Chopra, who died on Sunday. He was all that and more. In his own way, while confecting all those fragrant and chocolatey films set in lovely hill stations and eventually in Switzerland, he also chronicled the lives of the Punjabi refugees who came to India after Partition virtually penniless and became hugely successful”

Read http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/more-than-romance/article4019701.ece

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Pistol, cutter, Kali Cook, Mummyiji’s No 1, baby liter, royal cat, Tribles | “The designs, which advertise everything from guns to violins and inhabit the curious space between culture and commerce, do more than brand the product — with their animated, loud identity, they demand attention as standalone objects of fixation, almost fetishistic in their seductive boldness”

Read: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/10/19/matchbook-tara-books/

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In the light of an IAS officer’s transfer for probing a land scam, Mani and Iyer investigate the data across India: “An officer who belongs to the same caste as the Chief Minister’s party caste base increases his or her probability of obtaining an important post by 7%”

Read: http://www.ideasforindia.in/Article.aspx?article_id=25

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New rape theory from Haryana khap panchayat: blame the chowmein | ‘”To my understanding, consumption of fast food contributes to such incidents. Chowmein leads to hormonal imbalance evoking an urge to indulge in such acts,” said Jitender Chhatar, a resident of Jind’s Chhatar village and thua khap panchayat leader’

Read: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Haryana-khap-blames-consumption-of-chowmein-for-rapes/articleshow/16829882.cms

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Is TB returning with a vengeance? | ‘Many medical experts, including Zarir Udwadia, argue that the widening spiral of drug-resistance is a stark indication that the procedures already in place are not sufficient to prevent the emergence of deadly new forms of TB or treat those patients suffering from drug-resistant strains—and that the rigidities of these existing programmes, and inefficiencies in their implementation, may in fact be a major cause of worsening drug-resistance’

Read: http://www.caravanmagazine.in/reportage/growing-tuberculosis-threat

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Was the 1962 India-China border war Jawaharlal Nehru’s fault?

‘Nehru gets his acolytes – “bring me a map! What should be our territory?” So they look at the books and they see what they would like, and they pick something far more extreme than the British have ever suggested to China and they say “Panditji, that’s where India’s International boundary lies…”’ Continue reading

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New claim that Pakistani intelligence sends terrorists to train in Saudi | “Shifting them (the terror operatives) to Saudi Arabia helps the ISI maintain deniability. They carry Pakistani passports so they can easily visit Pakistan for training whenever required,” former IB chief Ajit Doval said

Read: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/indian-mujahideen-shifts-its-base-to-saudi-arabia/1/224700.html

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