In the midst of an evidently declining international interest in Afghanistan, achievement of peace in this war-fatigued nation appears to be an elusive, yet a crucial goal. Where re-commitments towards Afghanistan (European Council, 2016) were recently announced at the Brussels Conference, the international military (and financial) withdrawals that are being witnessed ever since the American
It’s been two weeks since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the nation by surprise, announcing that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes were no longer legal tender, it may be time to ask the simple and straight question: Was demonetisation without all this trouble and pain possible? The answer, most simply put, is ,‘Yes, yes
The Dalai Lama’s recent visit to Mongolia has been followed by a bitter outburst from China, which demanded that “Mongolia not allow the visit by the Dalai Lama and do not promote any facilitation for the separatist activities by the Dalai clique.” In spite of the fact that Mongolia is heavily dependent on trade with
By Chayanika Saxena Democracy was ‘restored’ in Afghanistan following decades of violence and conflicts. Where violent uprisings against the invading Soviet Union by the Mujahedeen wrecked the rural areas of Afghanistan, the Civil War that followed between the various Mujahedeen factions wreaked havoc on Kabul and other major provincial capitals in Afghanistan. The rule of
The impact of the demonetisation policy as related to curbing the finance of terrorism announced on November 08, 2016, is gradually emerging from the shadow of its surprise announcement. It is becoming abundantly clear that this is unlikely to remain a one off decision taken in isolation and will in all probability be accompanied by
Myanmar’s On-Going Muslim Persecution In its November 14, 2016, issue the Bangkok Post reports, “Myanmar’s Rakhine state was hit by fresh waves of violence over the weekend with more than 30 ‘insurgents’ killed during two days of fighting, the military said, as proof emerged of atrocities against villagers.” Reporting on the same incident Myanmar Observer
by Rajesh Kumar Sinha 3 January 2020 The year 2020 has just ended. The year has been extremely calamitous for the whole world. Especially, the pandemic Corona Virus has created such an unfortunate state where economies, infrastructure, loss of lakhs of lives, job losses, and uncertainty has gripped the whole of humanity.
The Bhutto Dynasty: The Struggle for Power in Pakistan, by Owen Bennett-Jones, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 27 October 2020, Hardcover, 320 pages, $28, ISBN: 97880300246674. By Arnold Zeitlin Owen Bennett-Jones’s account of a Bhutto dynasty reminded me that I enjoyed a rare, near-quixotic relationship with Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto during my time, September 1969 to April 1972, as