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What is Salman Khurshid Up To?

Ivan Illich opened his seminal work, Limits to Medicine with the observation that ‘the growth of the medical establishment is a major threat to health.’ A large part of Illich’s work dealt with iatrogenic (meaning physician-induced) diseases. But to Illich, the ‘medical establishment’, also includes the pharmaceutical industry. The recent Supreme Court verdict in the Novartis’ Gleevec (Glivec) patent case has generated a lot of heat and uninformed debate in the media. Novartis challenged the order of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB), for rejecting a patent for its ‘old wine in a new bottle’ first in the Madras High Court and then in the Supreme Court. Novartis filed world-wide patents for its active molecule imatinib in 1993. In India, the company filed patent in 2003 for imatinib mesylate a beta … Read entire article »

Filed under: China, India, Politics

Economies and Political Ideologies of Democratic vs Welfare States

The article focuses on economic impacts of the political ideologies used by Muslim welfare states and market economies of constitutional democratic capitalist nations. It suggests that recent actions of TTP (Tehrik-Taliban-Pakistan), TMQ (Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran headed by Dr Muhammad Tahirul Qadri or TQ), the army and political establishment may be contributing to internal destabilization of PK (Pakistan). The destabilization may be detrimental to on-going peace process in South Asia. The following topics are presented. Rocky Peace Process Youth in Welfare States Welfare States Economy and Institutions Dynamic and Static Political Ideologies References and notes: star (*) means see references and notes   Rocky Peace Process  The killing of Pakistan and India soldiers starting Jan 6, 2013 on both sides of LoC is fueling war hysteria in South Asia and making it harder for the peace process to remain on tracks. Politically … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, China, Christianity, Economy, India, Islam, Pakistan, Politics

What has India learned from 1962?

In 1962, India’s lofty claims to represent the third world countries, a country developing in the so-called Gandhian way of non-violence and democracy came to an abrupt end when the Chinese army started coming down from the high mountain like wave after wave and India had no defense apparently. A careful analysis should say that India has learned nothing and India today is in a worse condition than in 1962 considering both the international and domestic situation. Before 1962, India got at least 3 years to prepare for the war, when by 1959 it was known that China already took over Akshai Chin.  India in 1949-50 endorsed the Chinese occupation of Tibet, East Turkistan, East Mongolia and Manchuria. Not only that, in 1955 Bandung Conference of the non-aligned countries India has introduced … Read entire article »

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What Happens When Nations Go Bankrupt: We’re All Greece

We are now exiting the eye of the hurricane The only thing the DEBT laden societies (their politicians and central banks that love the paper money) have done for last several decades is to kick the can down the Road. One small thing everyone forgot – There is a dead-end somewhere down the road…And there is butcher sitting over there to receive those that are not prepared to meet him at the dead-end. Those who have their ears on the ground are realizing what is going on…. Unfortunately Six-pack-Joe is sleeping (nothing unusual about it…that is why sheeple get slaughtered when they do). The only question is – how are you prepared to deal with what happens? Gold and Silver are on Sale again. We should welcome the discounted prices. Here is how the … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, China, Economy, World

Global Economic Powers Comparison: America, China and India

This blog covers the following topics and references and notes are offered at the end. A Multipolar C-I-A World Comparison of Select Data for C-I-A Commentaries on China Select Facts for Two Emerging and A Developed Global Power China and India at a Glance Political Capacity Pakistan China Democracy vs Autocracy America India India vs China A Multipolar C-I-A World C-I-A (China, India and America) are compared to understand relative strengths of emerging powers. To be a global or a regional power depends on three factors: a strong economy, a powerful military and a deep rooted political capacity. Metaphorically, any global or regional power is three legged. Three legged stools on one (Pakistan) and two (China) legs by nature are unstable. With three relatively stable legs India at best an aspiring global power. In a unipolar world, since the end of the Cold War … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, China, Economy, India, NRI, Pakistan, World

China, Pakistan and Defending India

The blog covers five topics: Indian Defenses Threat Perceptions Defense Postures of Global Powers Good News India Bad News India   The blog is complete with references and notes. Indian Defenses The overall news about India is encouraging as it continues with annual GDP rates of 8% to 9% on a trajectory to double digit annual economic growth. Economic growth is helping government generate revenues to substantially increase its defense build-up. Indian imports, according to Irfan Husain, accounted for 9% share of international arms sales for 2006 – 10. India is the largest importer and America the largest exporter of arms. The data for 2009 on the top 10 military spenders by SIPRI, (the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) are provided in the references and notes. It shows that America and China occupy first two ranks in the military … Read entire article »

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