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Forum: South Asia 09-29-2014
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Views: 16,600
Posted By Madhu
American attitudes and South Asia

I promised in another thread that I would start a broader discussion of American attitudes toward South Asia, to include policy, both military and civilian.

I realize this is an enormous topic but...
Forum: South Asia 01-15-2014
Replies: 113
Views: 86,602
Posted By Madhu
More than one principle

Of course it's a matter of principle. It's also being used to comment on the state of the India American relationship.

More than one principle is at stake. The US shouldn't have let this get out...
Forum: South Asia 01-15-2014
Replies: 113
Views: 86,602
Posted By Madhu
Adarsh Housing Scandal

Lots of articles in this vein. It doesn't mean the US is correct but it bears on the opinion about this case in various constituencies.

Most of the Western commentary has been about high flyers...
Forum: South Asia 01-15-2014
Replies: 113
Views: 86,602
Posted By Madhu
Adarsh Housing Scandal

The US should never have let things get this far and the initial error lies with the US. But this episode highlights how poorly the diplomatic services of both countries perform, at times.

Opinion...
Forum: South Asia 12-19-2013
Replies: 113
Views: 86,602
Posted By Madhu
Bet this looks good domestically given the political situation and election season

Read more at: http://www.firstpost.com/world/devyani-khobragade-case-india-may-end-nanny-service-for-diplomats-1293349.html?utm_source=ref_article

Because removing security barriers and creating...
Forum: South Asia 12-19-2013
Replies: 113
Views: 86,602
Posted By Madhu
What's really going on?

I am sure the anger is real and even deserved but what is really going on in terms of the public way all of this is being handled? Or, like the Italian fisherman case or the Advancort case, is their...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 12-19-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 13,970
Posted By Madhu
Back to the original question

I don't have a specific title in mind but the following has been making the rounds and apparently has some interesting info on the 1971 war and its domestic ramifications. Haven't read it, don't...
Forum: South Asia 12-19-2013
Replies: 113
Views: 86,602
Posted By Madhu
American diplomats

If American diplomats are not behaving according to local law, then the local law is responsible. But if the cases is only enforced when there is some largely political point to make, then it is not...
Forum: South Asia 12-19-2013
Replies: 113
Views: 86,602
Posted By Madhu
"as the whole nation is inflamed"

What evidence supports this grand assertion? Portions of the electorate are inflamed, the media is inflamed, the political class is inflamed, some middle class commenters appear inflamed, but I have...
Forum: South Asia 12-19-2013
Replies: 113
Views: 86,602
Posted By Madhu
Allegations of visa or immigration fraud are generally taken very seriously in the US

No handcuffs according to one account. I would be very careful of stories from both sides....
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Forum: South Asia 12-19-2013
Replies: 113
Views: 86,602
Posted By Madhu
Allegations of visa fraud are a serious business

Breath in Deep: http://epaper.dnaindia.com/story.aspx?edorsup=Sup&queryed=820009&querypage=8&boxid=18945&id=56829&eddate=2013-12-18&ed_date=2013-12-18&ed_code=820009&wintype=popup

There are a lot...
Forum: South Asia 12-19-2013
Replies: 113
Views: 86,602
Posted By Madhu
Class not caste, carl

Hey carl, I was having this conversation the other day with a friend when discussing this case.

To look at everything in India through the lens of caste for India is the equivalent of using...
Forum: South Asia 12-18-2013
Replies: 113
Views: 86,602
Posted By Madhu
No one looks good in this incident

You are correct Ray, US policing has ugly aspects to it that the poor and less connected are very aware of but others don't see.

Same too with the treatment of poorer migrant Indians abroad at the...
Forum: South Asia 12-18-2013
Replies: 113
Views: 86,602
Posted By Madhu
Where is the Desi Tom Wolfe when you need him?

Omar:

Maidgate is the desi Bonfire of the Vanities:



1. Class (not caste, non-desis, get this straight for a change).
2. Diplomatic ineptitude, Indian and American.
3. Corruption (A desi...
Forum: The Whole News 11-17-2013
Replies: 1
Views: 20,125
Posted By Madhu
Another good catch

Interesting article.
Forum: Small Wars Council Book Club 11-10-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 19,646
Posted By Madhu
Good catch

Looks like an interesting book.
Forum: South Asia 10-20-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 32,420
Posted By Madhu
NDTV report

No US nationals? The report doesn't mention any of the things I posted. It didn't present the statements of the shipping company.

It says that the ship entered the waters illegally. What defines...
Forum: South Asia 10-20-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 32,420
Posted By Madhu
I'll stop spamming this thread after this....

http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/iran-hopes-detention-of-indian-tanker-won-t-affect-ties-418780

How often are ships being detained these days? Is this increasing?
Forum: South Asia 10-20-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 32,420
Posted By Madhu
Hmmm....

Again, on the AdvanFort site:



From Oct. 19th press release. It's a bit strange, talking now about the "nebulous" nature of things:



...
Forum: South Asia 10-20-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 32,420
Posted By Madhu
Interesting

http://zeenews.india.com/news/nation/italians-think-india-is-a-banana-republic-bjp_834743.html

Any SAJA journalists covering this?

http://www.saja.org/about
Forum: South Asia 10-20-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 32,420
Posted By Madhu
Murky Waters

http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/22/world/asia/india-italy-marines/



Is there something political going on with the detention? Election related?

So, why did the inspection results change?
Forum: South Asia 10-20-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 32,420
Posted By Madhu
Didn't see this originally....

So, why was a certificate issued? What changed? Was the ship outside Indian waters and did it follow the Coast Guard at its request? If that is the case, how does the Indian Arms Act strictly follow?...
Forum: South Asia 10-20-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 32,420
Posted By Madhu
Conflicting and Confusing Reports

This is confusing. Something isn't making sense.

If you go to the AdvanFort site, there is something posted from October 17th, a Boarding Clearance Certificate from the Coast Guard that says,...
Forum: Historians 09-20-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 33,799
Posted By Madhu
From Reason (on Briggs Plan)

http://reason.com/archives/2013/07/30/the-myth-of-the-better-war

I sometimes note that American policy makers have trouble with scale (I first noted this in medicine, lots of people have made that...
Forum: Historians 09-20-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 33,799
Posted By Madhu
Chin Peng autobiography

Chapter 17 is titled: "The Briggs Plan Bites".

http://books.google.com/books?id=UaluAAAAMAAJ&q=briggs#search_anchor

PS: Not really an auto, but recollections.
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