Commentaries & Articles
A Tale of Two Cities: Dacca March 12, 1972 and Kabul August 30, 2021
Two Events Separated by Five Decades and One and half Thousands Miles
Since the time the US decided to leave Afghanistan the media is full of its coverage and resultant reverberations across the world. Everyone agrees that it is too early to form opinions and even more difficult to predict the future state.
अफगानिस्तान; भारत की उससे संबंधित नीतियां और भारत पर उसके प्रभाव
दिनानुदिन इस बात के बढ़ते साक्ष्य के बावजूद कि मौजूदा तालिबान 2.0 तालिबान 1.0 में थोड़ा ही अलग है, क्योंकि यह उसी तरह पाकिस्तान की मदद से बना और उसके द्वारा उकसाए गए आतंकवादियों के एक समूह से अधिक नहीं है, फिर भी इसके पक्ष में दुनिया के कई हिस्सों में माफी मांगने वालों की भीड़ उमड़ पड़ी है। यह शायद अपेक्षित ही था क्योंकि भारत को छोड़ कर विश्व के अधिकतर देश तालिबान से बातचीत करते रहे हैं, और वे इसे अफगानिस्तान पर हुकूमत करने की इजाजत देने के खिलाफ नहीं हैं।...इसके मुताबिक, एक पूरी तरह मिथ्या कथा गढ़ी जा रही है, जो तालिबान को अच्छाई की सर्वाधिक संभव रोशनी में रखने का पक्ष लेता है और इसी के साथ उ
Taliban Triumph in Afghanistan and India’s Counter-Terrorism Policy against Islamist Extremism in Africa
On 15th August, 2021, in a dramatic turn of events, Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan, was taken over by the Taliban insurgent groups. While the collapse of Afghanistan government and its national army was somewhat predictable once the US announced withdrawal its support and the troops from the country, what renders the event most significant is the dramatic pace at which the collapse took place. The blitzkrieg led by Taliban enabled them to reach Kabul in less than 10 days and take control of the government.
How Pakistan Outwitted the US on Taliban Peace
On 15th August, the Taliban, an insurgent group of Jihadi extremists with medieval values, captured Kabul in a bloodless coup. The 3,50,0001 strong army of ANDSF, equipped with far superior weaponry and trained and developed by the US over the last 20 years, spending $83 billion2, offered the least resistance, giving a clean sweep to the Taliban. Indeed, the lightning speed at which Taliban captured Afghanistan proved false the lofty strategic forecasting done by the US intelligence community that it would take at least three to six months for the Taliban to reach Kabul.
The QUAD Navies Exercise for the Second Time
In the 2021 edition of the Exercise Malabar, the navies of India, US, Japan and Australia came together during 26-29 August for the sea phase. This year makes the second year when Ex. Malabar was conducted in its expanded form. Nowhere is it being officially termed as the QUAD naval exercise, but semantics rarely obliterate the strategy. Last year’s edition of the Malabar saw Australia’s participation, in what was a predictable course of action for Canberra and New Delhi in the light of events in 2020 with respect to China. The foundation of the Quad is now set.
China’s Future Road to Afghanistan
The lightning speed with which the Taliban took over Afghanistan on August 15, 2021, has enthralled the experts around the globe.1 There are lot of speculations that are taking place, on what went wrong and how even after twenty years of rigorous military operations and spending billions of dollars, the ‘War on Terror’ ended so ignominiously.
तालिबान की रंगाई-पुताई करने से बाज आएं
काबुल हवाई अड्डे एवं एक होटल करीब एक साथ दो विध्वंसक आतंकवादी हमलों में 160 से ज्यादा लोग मारे गए, जिनमें 13 अमेरिका के फौजी जवान थे। इस्लामिक स्टेट-खुरसान (आइएस-के) आतंकवादी संगठन ने ये हमले करने का दावा किया है, जो उस देश के प्रतीक्षारत मनहूस भविष्य का स्मरण कराता है। अमेरिकी राष्ट्रपति जोए बाइडेन ने इन “हमलों के साजिशकर्ताओं को कहीं से भी ढूंढ़ निकालने और उन्हें इनका ‘अंजाम’ भुगतने की” शपथ ली है। अफगानिस्तान तालिबान की पुनर्वापसी ने पूरे विश्व को हिंसा एवं प्रतिहिंसा के दौर के फिर से शुरू होने की तरफ धकेल दिया है।
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