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अफगानिस्तान के पतन पर कैसी है मध्य एशिया की प्रतिक्रिया?
परिचय
हाल के सप्ताहों में मध्य एशियाई गणराज्यों (सीएआर) में जो घटनाक्रम होता रहा है, उसके नतीजे सामने आने लगे हैं। 15 अगस्त 2021 को तालिबान ने काबुल पर कब्जा जमा लिया, जो अफगानिस्तान में अशरफ गनी के नेतृत्व वाली सरकार के पतन का कारण बना। तालिबान की पुनर्वापसी अवश्यंभावी थी लेकिन वह इतनी तेजी के साथ सत्ता में लौट आएगा, इसकी उम्मीद किसी को नहीं थी।
The Idea of Bharatavarsha
AS one who with his Indian passport finds it impossible to travel to Pakistan, I frequently treat myself to Pakistani travel videos available in ‘you tube’. I now know, for example, that Karim’s teashop in the old quarter of Gwadar at the western edge of the Makran coast is identical with hundreds of roadside teashops that one routinely encounters in India and that the person selling fresh sugarcane juice in the fields near Multan is no different from his counterpart near Hissar.
A Different 9/11: How Vivekananda Won Americans’ Hearts and Minds?
On the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attack on the World Trade Centre in which thousands of Americans died, the American people were in grief. On the same day, the Taliban were in a celebratory mood in Kabul having ‘defeated’ the Americans in a bloody war that lasted two decades. What stood out was the fanaticism and barbarity of a jihadi group that promises to take the country back to medieval times.
Implications of Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan
The recent developments in Afghanistan do not augur well for global or regional stability. The region has become highly unstable with the return of the Taliban. The likelihood of terrorism and radicalisation emanating from Afghanistan engulfing the rest of the world has increased several folds. The regional power vacuum created by the withdrawal of the US from Afghanistan is likely to create further turbulence in the region.
Who after Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga?
In an unexpected turn of events on Sept 03, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced to media that he intended to step down as Prime Minister and would withdraw his candidacy from the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) presidential elections due September end. Suga noted that a huge amount of energy was needed when considering COVID measures and the election campaign and it was difficult to manage both1. Concurrently, the term of current Lower House also expires on Oct 21 mandating that elections be held by Oct 17 to late November.
Military Coup in Guinea and its Implications for Democratic Governance in Africa
In the early morning of Sunday, heavy gunfire was heard near Guinea’s presidential palace, in capital Conakry, prompting fear of instability. This was followed by social media updates, where people of Guinea saw their President Mr. Condé being held in custody by some men in military attire. And then the leader of the group, Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, the head of Guinea’s Special Forces, appeared on television to announce that he has staged a coup and urged the armed forces to back him.
Floodgates Open in Japanese Politics after Suga’s Exit
In a surprise announcement on 3 September, days after Tokyo Olympics 2020 ended, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced that he will not run in the upcoming Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) presidential election scheduled for 29 September. This means his term as Prime Minister shall come to an end on 30 September, a little short of one year at the helm.
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