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I’m afraid North Korea has won the game of nuclear deterrence. It is time for detente to encourage it to become an open economy.

My FB post:

THE LOGIC OF NUCLEAR DETERRENCE IS IN FAVOUR OF THE ROCKET MAN. TRUMP NEEDS TO ACCEPT THE FACTS OF LIFE AND MOVE ON.

This is now about identifying the least harmful option.

Question 1: If USA does nothing, then what is the probability that NK will unilaterally use its nukes against other countries in the next 40 years?

Question 2: If NK uses its nukes, what is the estimated average loss of life in USA/South Korea/ Japan, etc.

The multiplication of these two numbers will give us the expected cost of doing nothing.

This cost then needs to be weighed against the definite loss of life if US nukes NK today.

Immediate nuking would be good if it can be proven that doing so would prevent a guaranteed and greater loss of life in the future (subject to appropriate discounting).

My guess is that NK will almost never use its nukes against other countries – since it knows that it will be immediately wiped out. If so, things should be allowed to drift as they are.

A long term nuclearised NK is therefore preferable to unilateral nuking of NK by USA.

It is time to accept NK as a nuclear power and invite the Rocket Man to USA to promote detente. Let USA influence NK into becoming an open economy.

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Sri Sri Ravishankar the conman making a fool of Indians in the name of Gauri Lankesh

I was browsing twitter for news/opinions on #GauriLankesh

Chanced upon this tweet on which I must comment, given that in the past Sri Sri Ravishankar has directly attacked the work of a rationalist who put out an analysis of Ravishankar’s crooked methods on Youtube.

First Ravishankar’s tweet:

Screenshot:

Now go and read this blog post: Art of Living’s Sri Sri Ravishankar – con man PLUS enemy of the truth. A total BETRAYAL OF HINDUISM (Advaita and Satyameva Jayate).

In this blog post I report on a video that Ravishankar managed to get pulled down from Youtube – a video that EXPOSED HIS FRAUDULENT ACTIVITIES.

So much for “freedom of expression”.

It is a terrible shame that people like Ravishankar have been supporting the Hindutva fanatics and BJP. Almost certainly the Hindutva group is responsible for killing Gauri Lankesh.

Shame.

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Amazing incompetence of Election Commission of India! Unable to get a simple response from the HIGHEST level.

Swarna Bharat Party is a registered political party. We need to periodically interact with and seek clarifications from the Election Commission of India.

An amazing situation has been created by the ECI not agreeing to our party holding its meetings electronically. They insist on a paper register. Anyway, after nearly two years of paper communications, we finally decided in July 2017 (in our annual conference in Delhi) to make a paper register.

After doing that we wanted to meet the relevant officials in the ECI to confirm that this paper register would meet their requirements. Our office bearers are located in Delhi. They should be easily able to meet the ECI’s officials to seek clarification.

BUT WE DID NEVER ANTICIPATED THAT WE ARE DEALING WITH THE WORLD’S MOST INCOMPETENT ELECTION COMMISSION.

The last time we wanted to meet the ECI – in late 2016 – we tried tens of times over the phone. No one would pick up the phone.

So two of our (then) office bearers went physically (in December 2016) to the ECI without any appointment, carrying a whole bundle of papers to show them, BUT no relevant official would meet them to discuss. Finally, some “Secretary” finally met them at the reception and they were forced to write everything down by hand in a long paper and lodged everything with that officer (nearly 100 pages). No clarification was provided regarding the questions they had gone to ask.

This time – since July – our Project Director has been trying repeatedly to get an appointment with the relevant official so we can physically show the ECI our paper register and ask whether that meets their requirement.

Since NO OFFICER ever picks up the phone, the only way is to call the Chief Election Commissioner’s office when finally someone does pick up the phone – but thereafter they seem to be totally incompetent and do nothing.

This is our Project Director’s report today after REPEATED attempts to get an appointment:

“I have been calling CEC office, around noon is mostly when someone answers and repeating that we need a meeting fixed, then go through the same drill, send an email, already sent, okay we will look into it and get back. The last time I called, the person said we will arrange a call back, recited my number, but no call has come. Will keep trying.”

It is beyond pathetic how this Third World system works. ECI is surely the MOST UNRESPONSIVE ELECTION COMMISSION IN THE WORLD.

I’m going to share this post as widely as I possibly can.

I’m SICK to my core about the incompetence and unresponsiveness of the ECI. They don’t issue any detailed guidance to parties about how to manage their records (the ECI has been repeatedly requested by us to do so), they refuse to accept meeting procedures that are clearly detailed in our party’s constitution, they refuse to accept decisions taken through online meetings by the national executive of the party, they refuse to meet office bearers of the party to confirm whether the paper register we have prepared meets their requirements!!

IS THIS DEMOCRACY?? SERIOUSLY?

SERIOUSLY???

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Inner workings of yet another typical corruption scam in India (this one in Panjab). And its history includes attempted murder.

If you recall, I had posted some allegations against a senior IAS officer of Panjab here a few months ago. I am keenly and personally aware of the person against whom these allegations have been made. I have no doubt that these allegations have a strong element of truth in them.

In the meanwhile, one of the persons who knows more about this (and related) matters has got in touch with me. For obvious reasons I will not name this person.

Now, there are two key players to be discussed at this state in this case:

a) Gurinder Singh, contractor

Recall that the allegation which I published stated: “In Irrigation through his favourite contractor Gurinder Singh he started giving contracts of Irrigation and drainage of highly exorbitant prices which led to windfall gains for him and his family.”

Well, THIS HAS BEEN CONFIRMED. Just a couple of days ago, Tribune announced that Gurinder Singh had been arrested. [Panjab government announcement – I’m keeping a screenshot for future public record]  – THE BRILLIANT PANJAB GOVERNMENT LET HIM ESCAPE!!

An inquiry has reportedly found that senior government officers misused their official positions in connivance with Gurinder Singh over the past seven-eight years, thereby causing a huge loss to the state. They allegedly twisted rules, drafted tailormade terms for e-tendering, besides leaking secret information to Gurinder as regards development works worth Rs 1,000 crore. These works were allotted to him at “10% to 50% higher rates” as compared to departmental rates.

Note that the allegation on my blog and this finding by the inquiry match pretty well. I’m only surprised they did not find the direct link with this senior IAS officer.

[Update: More details regarding Gurinder Singh, published in Indian Express on 20 August 2017]

b) xxx, Superintending Engineer

Note that I’m not naming this person since his name is not yet in the public domain. However, the Tribune notes: “Some other officers/engineers/officials of the department had also been reportedly booked”.

I reliably gather that this xxx is facing arrest as part of this inquiry.

Now, I understand that this xxx has been implicated in attempted murder in the past. There are wheels within wheels.

Many others have already been named by The Tribune. I hope all names will be published soon.

There is a long standing CHRONIC and ENDEMIC culture of corruption in Panjab. I will share with a few people who matter. But I have no hope of any justice being received by anyone in India. The corrupt (and murderers) will continue to flourish. Amarinder Singh can do NOTHING about it since he is merely copying the existing system.

Let me repeat what I’ve always said: Even if some of these people are actually put behind bars, this is NOT going to change the culture of corruption one bit.

You need systematic reform, else expect corruption (and murder, to defend corruption) to continue unabated in India.

Join SBP and FIGHT – or forever hold your peace.

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