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  • Indian attack helicopter crosses crucial hurdle

    07/04/2015 2:21:31 AM PDT · 5 of 7
    cold start to punchamullah
    "Cold weather flight trials? 20C = 68F. Is that remarkably cold?"

    Read it as minus 20 degrees.

    From another source:

    BENGALURU: The Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) recently completed the cold weather trials in Leh and team LCH says that the trials covered engine starts with internal batteries after overnight cold soak at 3km altitude and 4.1 km altitude. HAL chairman T Suvarna Raju said in an official communique that the engine starts were satisfactory in the temperature of minus 18 degree C at 4.1 km. "The flights were also carried out to assess high altitude performance and low speed handling," he said.

  • Barak-8 on Target

    06/15/2015 9:32:14 PM PDT · 9 of 12
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  • Barak-8 on Target

    06/15/2015 9:24:24 PM PDT · 4 of 12
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    INS Kolkata, expected to be the first ship to have this on board

  • Barak-8 on Target

    06/15/2015 9:18:13 PM PDT · 1 of 12
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  • Indian Army crosses Myanmar border in rare attack to avenge Manipur massacre

    06/09/2015 7:17:46 PM PDT · 18 of 19
    cold start to FreeAtlanta
    No specific permission was sought for the actual raid.Would have been suicidal if they had done that considering the Chinese influence inside parts of the Myanmar government. The operation started at about 3 A.M. and the Myanmar government was informed during "regular working hours" by the Indian ambassador when the 2 teams from 21st Para(SF) were back on Indian soil.
  • Radical Hindus to India's Christians: Convert ‘Or Get Ready to Die’

    06/01/2015 10:17:18 PM PDT · 18 of 18
    cold start to markomalley
    Such a lot of garbage. Forced conversions in India? Threats to convert or die? I suppose that Indian courts were all sleeping till an anti-India group had to file a case in the U.S.? Can't do this crap in India, the lies will be outed pretty quickly. In the U.S. where most people have very rudimentary (if that) knowledge about India, such stuff will always find some consumers. This was a country partitioned on the basis of India for the Hindus but opted to be a secular state with a large Muslim minority and smaller percentages (though high in numbers because of the size of the population)of Sikhs, Christians, Zoroastrians , Buddhists & a Jewish population that has never experienced discrimination. Not one of the major minority communities have experienced negative growth (Jews & Zoroastrians have - emigration to Israel & a refusal among Zoroastrians to accept a child born of one Zorastrian parent as a member of the religion) in their population, something that should be expected if there was widespread backlash against them from the majority. Does anyone believe that if 80% Hindus didn't want to treat these minorities well, that these groups would enjoy the high level of protection that is enshrined in the constitution?
  • The Scripps National Spelling Bee Has Co-Champions, Again

    05/28/2015 8:48:21 PM PDT · 1 of 19
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  • Indian Americans richest community in the US with median income of $100,547

    05/08/2015 10:43:59 PM PDT · 7 of 54
    cold start to 2ndDivisionVet

    Don’t think it was meant to surprise, this position at the top has been held for quite some time. What is probably seen as newsworthy is that the figure has now crossed the $100,000 mark.

  • Indian Americans richest community in the US with median income of $100,547

    05/08/2015 10:30:30 PM PDT · 1 of 54
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  • Once you’re Pakistani, there is no going back to India

    04/19/2015 8:23:38 PM PDT · 7 of 20
    cold start to RichInOC
    "Once you go Pak, you never go back?"

    More like once you go Pak, no one wants you back......

  • Once you’re Pakistani, there is no going back to India

    04/19/2015 8:05:24 PM PDT · 1 of 20
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  • 'I cut my leg off and ordered: 'Go and bury it'

    02/17/2015 3:58:21 AM PST · 4 of 8
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    India’s ‘top-ranking’ Jew, Jack Jacob, reflects on 89 years

    Lt. Gen. Jack Jacob, a national hero in India for saving probably hundreds of thousands of lives, is planning to fade away.

    “I’ve just had my 89th birthday,” he says. “I think I’ve earned the right to rest.”

    Jacob, India’s “top-ranking Jew,” stayed home in his modest New Delhi flat while enjoying his birthday cake, a special delivery from Nahum’s, Calcutta’s famous Jewish bakery and one of the last of the Jewish-owned establishments in the city.

    Jacob’s answers to a stream of questions are instantaneous, yet measured. He occasionally illustrates his points with passages from English poetry.

    He has loved two women, he says, but they did not wait for him. His brothers are no longer alive; he has no contact with extended family. Calcutta’s Jewish community has mostly migrated to Israel.

    “My friends and peers are all gone,” Jacob says.

    Jack Farj Rafael Jacob is best known for his decisive role in the 1971 Bangladesh war. Indians and historians generally agree that his courage, strategic thinking and chutzpah changed the course of South Asian history.

    What started as a freedom fight by the eastern wing of Pakistan (now Bangladesh) against mainland Pakistan turned into a full-blown humanitarian crisis. Estimates range from 500,000 to 3 million people massacred. Some 10 million refugees streamed over the border into India, which then declared war on Pakistan.

    Jacob, chief of staff of the Indian Eastern command, knew that a protracted war would claim countless more lives. As the war began, his troops enacted a daring plan to capture Dhaka, the capital of East Pakistan.

    Two weeks into the war, Pakistan’s commander in East Pakistan, Gen. A.A.K. Niazi, invited Jacob to lunch to discuss a cease-fire. Jacob wrote up an “instrument of surrender” document and flew with it across enemy lines, unarmed and accompanied only by one staff officer.

    Niazi was given a stark choice: Surrender unconditionally and publicly, and receive the protection of the Indian army for all minorities and retreating troops, or face an Indian military onslaught. Jacob gave Niazi 30 minutes to decide.

    Jacob, as he retells it, went out to the veranda, pacing for the full half-hour while trying to appear calm. Knowing that he had been bluffing, “I appealed to God for help and said the Sh’ma Yisrael.”

    Niazi agreed to the terms. The next day, 93,000 Pakistani soldiers surrendered. Jacob had but 3,000 Indian troops, 30 miles away, behind him.

    Multitudes were likely saved by this surrender, which is still studied by military students. Last month, the Islamic Republic of Bangladesh awarded Jacob a certificate of appreciation for his “unique role” in the formation of the nation.

    Jacob was born into the once-vibrant Baghdadi Jewish community of Calcutta in 1923. His was a deeply religious family, and his parents hired Hebrew teachers for him and his brothers. But Jacob says he “just wasn’t interested, something I now deeply regret.”

    That was before poetry and war pulled him away. It was before he saved forests and wildlife from destruction and his (secret) efforts to cultivate the now 20-year-old Israel-India relationship. It was before he became a national hero.

    When India gained independence in 1948, Jacob continued to serve in the Indian army, swiftly rising in the ranks.

    “The only place I encountered anti-Semitism was from the British in their army,” he says. “Among Indians it does not exist.”

    After retirement in 1978, he was appointed governor of the small southwestern state of Goa. He battled corruption, paid back high-interest loans and saved large tracks of forest from the mining industry by designating those lands as wildlife reserves.

    Jacob was next appointed governor of Punjab. When he left the post, graffiti went up on the walls: “Without Jacob, who will feed the poor?”

    Jacob still will not share details of his role in forging India’s diplomatic bond with Israel. However, when Israel’s ambassador to India arrived in Delhi this year, he brought a personal letter for Jacob from Israeli President Shimon Peres.

    Jacob has been to Israel several times, even before the forging of diplomatic relations. Over the years, he developed close friendships with Israeli leaders, including Peres and the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

    Today, Jacob’s uniform hangs in the Israeli military museum at Latrun, Israel. He donated his mother’s silver wedding girdle and jewelry to the Indian Jewish museum in Lod, Israel.

    He says he was never tempted to move to the Jewish state.

    “Israel has outstanding military leaders of their own, they do not need me,” he says. “Besides, India has always been very good to us. I am very proud to be a Jew, but am Indian through and through. I was born in India and served here my whole life; this is where I want to die.”

    Jacob-Farj-Rafael "JFR" Jacob

  • 'I cut my leg off and ordered: 'Go and bury it'

    02/17/2015 3:41:38 AM PST · 3 of 8
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    Major General and Mrs Ian Cardozo
  • 'I cut my leg off and ordered: 'Go and bury it'

    02/17/2015 3:38:12 AM PST · 2 of 8
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    Tell us about your wound.

    At that time, I was still not wounded.

    There was a BSF commander who got panicky when he saw all these fellows (prisoners) and asked: "Please send someone here.' I told the CO that I would go. I did not know that I was walking on a minefield. I stepped on a mine and my leg blew off.

    A Bangladeshi saw this happening, he picked me up and took me to the battalion headquarters. They were feeling bad. I told the doctor, 'Give me some morphine.' They had no#8800 it had been destroyed during the operations. 'Do you have any Pethidine?' 'No'

    I told him: 'Could you cut this off?'

    He said: 'I don't have any instrument.'

    I asked my batman: 'Where is my khukri?'

    He said: 'Here it is, Sir.'

    I told him: 'Cut it off.'

    He answered in Gorkhali: 'Sir, I can't do it.'

    I told him: 'Give it to me.' I cut my leg off and ordered: 'Now go and bury it.'

    You tell people that you are embarrassed to tell the story because it was nothing at all. What was your first thought?

    My first thought was for her (pointing to his wife, Priscilla). I thought, 'What a stupid thing happened to me. It was beyond my control, it just happened.'

    Then the doctor came and tied it up. My CO also came: 'Ian, you are very lucky, we have captured a Pakistani surgeon. He will operate on you.'

    'Nothing doing, Sir, I don't want to be operated by a Pakistani doctor. Just get me back to India,' I answered.

    By that time Dhaka had fallen and there was no chopper available.

    I then told the CO: 'Two conditions.' He immediately said: 'You are not in position to put conditions.'

    I told him: 'OK, two requests. One, I don't want Pakistani blood.'

    He retorted: 'You are a fool.' I said: 'I am prepared to die a fool. My second request, Sir, I want you to be present when they operate on me.' The CO asked: 'Why?' I answered: 'You know why.' (There had been cases of torture). So, he agreed.

    Anyway, the Pakistani surgeon did a good job. His name was Major Mohamed Basheer. I have never been able to say, 'Thank you.' I owe him a thank you, but it is not easy (to find someone in Pakistan].

    What did you feel when you cut your own leg?

    People are giving more credit than I do. Actually I just felt deeply embarrassed because my leg was in a terrible state. I did not want to look at it and others to look at it. I wanted to get rid of it. Nobody wanted to do it, so I did it.

    You have said that you always dream that you have two legs.

    Yes, in my dreams, I have two legs, no artificial leg.

    How did you manage to get a promotion after being disabled?

    One has to accept that the army puts a great amount of emphasis on physical fitness. One has to be fit to be a commander at any level.

    From my side, I felt that the doctors were unfair to me to say that I could not perform as well as anybody else.

    With my wooden leg, I was determined to prove to the army as well as to the world in general, that a person with a wooden leg could do as well, if not better, than a two-legged person. I resolved to keep myself physically fit.

    I woke early morning, did some exercises and went for a run. I did the battle physical test. I had a problem with the officer in charge of the test who refused to allow me to pass the test. He said he would not let me go through that test because a year earlier someone physically unfit had gone through the test and died.

    I told him I was fit, but he answered that he would arrest me if I do the test. I told him: 'You can put me under arrest only after I commit the offense. So let me do the test and you can arrest me after.'

    So I did the test and left seven officers with two legs behind me. The officer was a good man, he said, putting his arm around my shoulder: 'Well done, Sir, good job.'

    I later went to the vice-chief and asked him, what else should I do? He said: 'Come with me to J&K.'

    He came by helicopter to a place at 6,000 feet. I climbed from the road to the helipad. When he arrived, he asked me: 'How did you come here?' thinking I had used my contacts to fly with a chopper. I told him: 'Sir, I climbed from the road.'

    He was surprised: 'You can climb!' I told him: 'What I can or can't do is the minds of my senior officers.'

    He said 'Alright' and put up my case to the army chief (General T N Raina) who asked me to accompany him to Ladakh. I walked in mountains in snow and ice. General Raina saw this and when he returned to Delhi, he asked for my file and wrote: 'Yes, give him a battalion and to all other officers who are not taking shelter behind their wounds.'

    For me, it only meant that one has to do what is required by one's job. I was the first disabled officer to be approved to command a battalion.

    The same thing happened when I was to take command of a brigade. The bureaucracy said: 'No, you can't command a brigade.' I wrote to the army chief that I had proven that I could command a battalion; there was no reason why I should be demoted in a staff job.

    The chief said: 'Why do you harass this man, give him the command of a brigade.'

    Later three disabled officers became army commanders. One even became vice-chief: he had earlier had both his legs amputated.

    What would you tell the youth of this country?

    I have many things to say: You have only one life to live, live it to the full.

    You have 24 hours in a day: Pack it up.

    The other thing is 'Never give up.'

    If you believe in something, do it in a right way at the right time.

    I must say I had always the support of my wife for whatever I did in my life.

  • 'I cut my leg off and ordered: 'Go and bury it'

    02/17/2015 3:28:42 AM PST · 1 of 8
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  • Video shows Alabama police throwing grandfather from India to ground

    02/12/2015 6:18:32 PM PST · 10 of 56
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    Alabama police officer arrested after Indian grandfather left partially paralyzed

    The FBI is investigating an incident in which an Indian grandfather’s encounter with police in Alabama left the man partially paralyzed. An officer involved in the incident is under arrest, and the police chief proposed that he be fired, police said Thursday.

    A spokesman for the FBI said that the agency became involved shortly after the Feb. 6 incident, and it is being treated as a civil rights investigation. The findings will be turned over to the Justice Department for review.

    Sureshbhai Patel had recently come to the United States from his farm in India to help care for his grandson, who was born prematurely and was suffering from health complications.

    At about 9 a.m. on Friday in Madison, Ala., just days into his visit, Patel was strolling through his family’s neighborhood when he was approached by police. A neighbor had called authorities and told them a man who looked “suspicious” was peering into garages, according to the Huntsville Times. That man, police determined, was Patel.

    Within minutes, the 57-year-old grandfather was face down on the ground with a severe neck injury that left him partially paralyzed.

    A lawyer for Patel has filed a lawsuit against the Madison Police Department, alleging that his constitutional civil rights were violated and seeking damages. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal district court.

    “First, I’m hoping that the truth will come out, second that this case might bring to life the real issues we have in this country about the police abuse of power where

    someone can’t try to blame it on the victim,” Hank Sherrod, the family’s attorney, told The Washington Post. “Here we’ve got someone who is truly blameless and innocent. He was brutalized, and hopefully will, but may never, walk again.”

    Representatives from the Indian government visited Patel in the hospital on Thursday, Sherrod said.

    Madison Police Chief Larry Muncey told reporters Thursday that he has recommended termination for one of the officers involved in the incident. Officer Eric Parker, Muncey, said, has also turned himself in on charges of assault in the third degree.

    The Madison police concluded from its investigation into the incident that the officer’s actions “did not meet the high standards and expectations” of his department, Muncey said. Muncey apologized to Patel, Patel’s family, and the community. The police chief added that the FBI was conducting a “parallel inquiry to ascertain if there were any federal violations.” He declined to answer any questions, citing the pending lawsuit.

    The department also released portions of audio and video pertaining to the incident. In a non-emergency call to police, a neighbor described Patel as a “skinny black guy” and said that he’d “never seen him before” in the neighborhood. Patel, he said, was “just wandering around” and “walking close to the garage.” The caller added that he was following Patel at a distance. When asked to estimate his age, the caller guessed Patel was in his 30s.

    The neighbor also told the police dispatcher he was “nervous” leaving his wife because of Patel’s presence in the neighborhood.

    In a statement to Agence France-Presse, a spokesman for the government called on U.S. officials to conduct a full investigation.

    “We expressed concern at what appears from media reports as the excessive use of force by police,” Indian foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told AFP after meeting with a senior U.S. diplomat. “We have requested expeditious investigations and sharing of investigations and that action (be) taken.”

    In an earlier statement, police said that Patel attempted to pull away from officers as he was being patted down, leading at least one officer to force him to the ground, “which resulted in injury.” Patel’s son, Chirag, told the Huntsville newspaper that police escalated the incident, not his father.

    “He was just walking on the sidewalk as he does all the time,” said Chirag Patel, who arrived in the United States a decade ago to study engineering before getting married and becoming an American citizen. “They put him to the ground.”

    “This is a good neighborhood. I didn’t expect anything to happen.”

    Two videos of the incident later released by Madison police include both audio of the officers involved, and visuals of the exchange. In one video, a pair of officers approach Patel and ask him where he’s headed, what his address is, and request to see his ID. One officer says, “he’s saying ‘no English.’ ” The second officer continues to ask Patel questions, including “are you looking at houses and stuff?”

    Sureshbhai Patel said he tried to tell the officers that he doesn’t speak English by saying “No English. Indian. Walking,” according to the lawsuit. He says he repeated his son’s house number and pointed toward the residence.

    In the police video, an officer then tells Patel, “Do not jerk away from me again. If you do, I’m gonna put you on the ground.” The officer asks, “Do you understand?” and tells Patel to “relax.”

    That’s when an officer twisted his arm behind his back, Patel said, and forced him to the ground, face-first. His face was bloodied, but worse, he also injured his neck and was left paralyzed in his arms and legs, the lawsuit alleges.

    One of the two police videos shows the officer holding Patel forcefully, pushing him to the ground. Patel, on the ground, is then told to “chill out” by one of the officers. The officer tells a third, approaching officer that Patel doesn’t “speak a lick of English,” and that they were trying to pat him down. “I don’t know what his problem is, but he won’t listen,” one of the officers adds.

    Patel remains on the ground as the officers call for medical assistance.

    “Stand up, let’s go,” one officer says. “You’re all right.” For several minutes, the officers repeatedly attempt to get Patel off the ground and into a patrol car.

    One officer asks, “He OK?”

    Sherrod, the family’s attorney, said things went wrong as soon as a neighbor who didn’t recognize Patel called police and reported suspicious activity.

    “This is broad daylight, walking down the street,” Sherrod told the Huntsville Times. “There is nothing suspicious about Mr. Patel other than he has brown skin.”

    Sherrod said officers left Patel on the ground, injured and bloodied and in desperate need of a paramedic.

    “This is just one of those things that doesn’t need to happen,” the attorney said. “That officer doesn’t need to be on the streets.”

    Speaking to The Post after the Thursday press conference, Sherrod said that he “appreciates [the police] doing the right thing on Thursday,” but criticized the department for not acting sooner. “On Monday they were trying to blame Mr. Patel,” he added.

    Patel underwent cervical fusion surgery to relieve pressure on his spinal cord and has regained some feeling in his arms and one leg. He remains partially paralyzed. His left leg is entirely or mostly paralyzed and he lacks grip strength in his arms, the lawsuit said.

    A fund was established to help cover the cost of Patel’s medical care and a recovery that could take months. He does not have health insurance.

    Patel’s son told the Times that before the incident, he was proud to own a home in Madison. He chose the community, he said, because of the educational opportunities the area would someday provide his son. Now, he said, he’s not so sure about his decision.

    “It is a dream for me because I came from a very poor family and I worked so hard here,” he told the paper. “I’m totally devastated that I might have made a big mistake.”

  • Video shows Alabama police throwing grandfather from India to ground

    02/12/2015 6:11:36 PM PST · 3 of 56
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    Brutal & completely unnecessary.

  • Video shows Alabama police throwing grandfather from India to ground

    02/12/2015 6:09:22 PM PST · 1 of 56
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  • India's Most-Advanced Warship to Get the Missiles That Were Missing

    02/05/2015 6:16:42 PM PST · 18 of 18
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    INS Kolkata

  • India's Most-Advanced Warship to Get the Missiles That Were Missing

    02/05/2015 5:58:00 PM PST · 17 of 18
    cold start to sparklite2
    The Barak 8 was specifically designed to include dealing with missiles like the Yakhont which the Israelis believe Hezbollah might have. India has the Brahmos missile, similar but more advanced than the Yakhont which means that the Barak 8 would have been tested against it. The INS Kolkata is also armed with the Brahmos.

  • 'Hang the cartoonists!' Pakistani Muslims demand death sentence for Charlie Hebdo staff for...

    01/16/2015 4:12:18 AM PST · 21 of 22
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  • Barbarians of the faith: They are at the gates of both Peshawar and Paris

    01/09/2015 6:52:35 PM PST · 1 of 13
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  • As World Turns Its Back on Israel, a Surprising Ally Emerges in India

    12/24/2014 7:58:41 PM PST · 1 of 24
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  • India Hindu group to press ahead on conversions of Christians & Muslims in challenge to PM Modi

    12/24/2014 6:31:21 PM PST · 15 of 15
    cold start to null and void
    The article does not say that Hindus are using forced conversion.

    Interesting omission.

    That's because "forced" conversions are pretty much impossible in India, certainly not in the public domain. These conversions, like most conversions are conversions by inducements. Christian missionaries have been using that very method for years, this is ,"retaliatory" conversions by some Hindu groups. Hinduism generally has no concept of conversions since it does not claim to be the only source to truth/god and is theoretically open to Christian beliefs as also being valid (Islam, because of its violent history in India is on a different plane though the same principle applies with many Hindus visiting shrines of Sufi saints just as other Hindus visit Churches, sometimes even having portraits of Jesus in their prayer rooms) Conversions almost completely happens only in the most backward & tribal areas where people are susceptible to such inducements. These recent "hindu conversions" has caught most people on the back foot because the argument by these groups is a clever one - they are really not particularly interested in converting, they are using this as a tactic to put pressure for an anti-conversion law. Christian groups have long opposed any such law and now they simply face the problem of "Hindu" groups using pretty much similar tactics to poach into the christian community (also Muslims). The police have filed cases but these are cases of cheating, fraud etc and may not really stop the re-conversion movement. No easy solutions.

  • In 2008 Mumbai Attacks, Piles of Spy Data, but an Uncompleted Puzzle

    12/22/2014 7:09:11 PM PST · 1 of 6
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  • Indian Navy Selects Sikorsky's S-70B SEAHAWK® Aircraft for Multi-role Helicopter Requirement

    12/05/2014 8:14:46 PM PST · 4 of 5
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    Indian Navy to purchase 16 US multi-role choppers for $1 bn
    New Delhi: The Indian Navy has finally selected the US Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk for its shipboard multi-role helicopter (MRH) requirement. Sixteen helicopters will initially be bought for $1 billion.
  • Indian Navy Selects Sikorsky's S-70B SEAHAWK® Aircraft for Multi-role Helicopter Requirement

    12/05/2014 8:11:30 PM PST · 2 of 5
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    With an estimated total requirement of about 120, this will be a good win for Sikorsky.

  • Indian Navy Selects Sikorsky's S-70B SEAHAWK® Aircraft for Multi-role Helicopter Requirement

    12/05/2014 8:09:35 PM PST · 1 of 5
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  • For Israel, China’s a trading partner, India a strategic one

    11/17/2014 8:25:11 PM PST · 1 of 5
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  • Israel says it’s “ready and willing” to share with India its technology for border protection

    11/13/2014 5:28:14 PM PST · 15 of 16
    cold start to dennisw
    There already exists a fence stretching 1000's of miles on both sides of the Indian border - with Pakistan & Bangladesh. The Indian fence with Pakistan is so brightly lit up that it can actually be seen from outer space marking the only man made border that can be seen from there.
  • Israeli-Indian aerial defence system passes first test

    11/12/2014 11:41:53 PM PST · 3 of 3
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  • Israeli-Indian aerial defence system passes first test

    11/10/2014 5:39:24 PM PST · 1 of 3
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  • India picks Israel's Spike anti-tank missile over U.S. Javelin - source

    10/25/2014 5:40:17 PM PDT · 15 of 16
    cold start to dc27
    This is a bit more nuanced. India wanted a complete transfer of technology along with the purchase. The Israelis agreed to a complete transfer (once they saw the Javelin as a serious contender), the U.S. offered a little less than the complete transfer. Since India's complete requirement is well over 40,000 missiles, Spike was probably favored on the technology transfer front as well as cost. There are some big ticket deals involving the U.S., including the AH-64 Apache & Chinook, it is hardly a vote against the U.S. generally .
  • India successfully tests 'Nirbhay' subsonic cruise missile

    10/17/2014 9:54:48 AM PDT · 1 of 4
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  • The 21 Sikhs of Saragarhi

    09/13/2014 11:09:31 AM PDT · 1 of 6
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  • UNDOF commander: Filipinos' defiance unprofessional (calls Filipino escape an act of cowardice)

    09/11/2014 8:05:07 AM PDT · 38 of 38
    cold start to Zhang Fei

    Depends. I posted the article because of the one sided nature of the discussion. I simply have no way to figure out for myself what the actual thinking here was. It is still a fact that Fijian UN soldiers were captive and unlike officers being in command of their own forces, UN operations are handled more delicately. I don’t think the Fijians would have been delighted if their soldiers were harmed as a result of any order from the UN force commander. The General in question had moved himself into Israel & was working with both the Israeli army & the Syrians to deal with the situation when the Filipinos did what they did.

    Btw, Indian units get told all the time in UN operations to not take offensive action. That’s par for the course.

  • UNDOF commander: Filipinos' defiance unprofessional (calls Filipino escape an act of cowardice)

    09/10/2014 11:46:35 PM PDT · 36 of 38
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    UN denies ordering Phl soldiers to surrender arms UNITED NATIONS – The UN peacekeeping chief strongly denied on Wednesday allegations from the Philippines’ armed forces chief that Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights were ordered to surrender their weapons to Islamist militants who had trapped them. Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Gen. Gregorio Catapang said his soldiers defended themselves against Islamist rebels last weekend in defiance of an order from their UN force commander to surrender their weapons, a move that would be highly controversial in the six-nation, blue-helmeted force. The UN’s undersecretary-general for peacekeeping, Herve Ladsous, denied that any such order was given .....Asked what order was given to the Filipinos, Ladsous replied, “Never to hand over weapons.” The order was simply “not to shoot,” he said. One UN official told Reuters that no force commander would order his troops to hand over weapons to rebels. If that were to happen, the official said, the commander would “be out of a job” since countries that supply weapons and material to the force would be reluctant to re-supply the mission. ....Several Security Council diplomats said the issue of what orders might have been given was discussed on Wednesday in a closed-door meeting of the 15-nation body. In that meeting, Ladsous expressed full support for Singha, diplomats who were present told Reuters. Ladsous later told reporters that Singha had “exercised good sound judgment all along” during the crisis
  • Nuclear Pakistan’s Spies Target India—and Their Own Prime Minister

    09/04/2014 7:59:17 PM PDT · 1 of 5
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  • Japanese ate Indian PoWs, used them as live targets in WWII

    08/13/2014 8:12:39 PM PDT · 3 of 28
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    Japanese soldiers take aim at Indian PoWs Indian Army PoWs made live targets for new Japanese infantry recruits Soldiers who didn't die in the firing being bayoneted to death
  • Japanese ate Indian PoWs, used them as live targets in WWII

    08/13/2014 8:07:05 PM PDT · 1 of 28
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  • India offers to buy more US attack helicopters, hopes to drive down costs

    08/09/2014 5:18:32 AM PDT · 1 of 3
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  • Indian Temple Admits Women for First Time in 900-Year History

    07/31/2014 8:29:34 PM PDT · 29 of 29
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    Yes. Only one temple.

  • Indian Temple Admits Women for First Time in 900-Year History

    07/30/2014 8:57:42 PM PDT · 26 of 29
    cold start to Mrs. Don-o

    “Perhaps analogous to what happened in the Western Ukraine, when the USSR handed over all the Catholic Ukrainian Churches to the Orthodox during the Stalin era. The Orthodox at that point were the sole licensed liturgists for the State. That was their argument -— that the Catholic Church was not the legitimate owner-operator of these churches. But I think that was a usurpation by the State.”

    This was a stand alone case making its way through the judicial system for nearly 4 decades before it was finally ruled on by India's Supreme Court. Hardly a simple case of usurpation by the state.

  • Indian Temple Admits Women for First Time in 900-Year History

    07/30/2014 6:36:50 AM PDT · 24 of 29
    cold start to Mrs. Don-o

    I agree with what you have said generally but the case here is a bit more nuanced. The state does not interfere in private bodies running temples, only those where there is no such body or where the rights to run the temples by those private bodies have been successfully challenged in a court of law. When passed into state control, customs that previously were used do not stand. That would be the case here.

  • Indian Temple Admits Women for First Time in 900-Year History

    07/29/2014 9:04:38 PM PDT · 22 of 29
    cold start to Mrs. Don-o

    “Because: all men are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights”

    That is an American viewpoint, the Indian constitution & the arms of the state are not guided by the belief that rights flow from a “creator”. Those rights, for Indians, flow from the constitution. Considering that Indian religions of Hinduism, Buddhism & Jainism have a strong atheistic streak (Hinduism has the streak, the other two are openly atheistic), most people have much less problem with that than they would in the U.S.

  • Indian Temple Admits Women for First Time in 900-Year History

    07/29/2014 5:50:48 AM PDT · 20 of 29
    cold start to Mrs. Don-o
    “So that's my general attitude: as long as there's no force or fraud, let these religious groups live their lives by their own best practices-— not yours.”

    As long as those practices are not seen as conflicting with the constitution & the laws of the land. In this case, the claim to exclusive ancestral rights on the temple was rejected & the temple then goes under the control of the state government which appoints as per their rules. Specific rules could have continued only if that right of control was upheld.

  • Indian Temple Admits Women for First Time in 900-Year History

    07/27/2014 8:32:21 PM PDT · 18 of 29
    cold start to Mrs. Don-o

    “I have no right to a real opinion, due to the fact that I’m quite ignorant about Hinduism, but -— if this temple group believes it proper to recognize distinctions of caste and sex, should a government really be able to butt in and say “you can’t practice your faith anymore”?”

    The peculiar nature of caste discrimination & the need to break it means that the Indian constitution & the Courts have taken a much more harder line on matters pertaining to Hinduism. So much so that civil laws for Hindus (India allows for separate laws under the civil code -governing marriage & inheritance etc) is pretty much the same as secular laws elsewhere whereas the Christians & especially the Muslims, are governed by religious code to a point where Hindu women have more rights under the “Hindu” laws that Muslim women have under the “Sharia”- (civil not criminal) or the Christian women have under the “Christian” laws. The courts are far more reluctant to interfere in the laws of the minorities than in those of the majority. Christian women (occasionally also Muslim women) have filed cases against parts of their religion based codes essentially arguing that their rights as Indian citizens protected by the constitution should override any religion derived law and asking for the same rights that Hindu women have. Both the Christian and muslim clergy are seen as the main blockers in these matters, resisting change.

  • Indian Temple Admits Women for First Time in 900-Year History

    07/27/2014 8:17:23 PM PDT · 15 of 29
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    The Government of India has for the past 60 odd years broken down caste shackles by affirmative action in favour of the “lower castes”. So much so that it is from these castes that a low of politicians now rise up. A case in point - India’s new Prime Minister, a man for whom most “upper castes” voted for. Foreign companies have very little to do with this.

  • A largely Indian victory in World War II, mostly forgotten in India

  • A largely Indian victory in World War II, mostly forgotten in India

    06/23/2014 7:16:18 PM PDT · 8 of 27
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