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The Linkages Between Indo-US and Indo-Afghan Relations

It is a pertinent question as to how India-Afghanistan relations stagnated[i] from the days of the Strategic Partnership Agreement with the Karzai government in 2011 to the current days of relative disengagement and marginalization of India compared to other big players of the region. The question is aggravated if it is considered that neither country has made a hostile or negative move towards the other during this period. Yet, Afghanistan’s new leadership has resumed its ‘competitive yet brotherly’ relationship with Pakistan as the US withdrawal becomes imminent. The complications of a dialogue with Pakistan are all too evident with the Taliban

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India’s North West: A Picture Starting to Emerge

Afghan Taliban’s intransigence on the peace process coupled with its attack on civilians in Kabul has forced the four powers initially driving the peace process to increase the pressure on the group. President Ghani’s announcement to initiate a 5-year war strategy[1] against the Taliban, American drone strike on the head of the Taliban[2] travelling through Baluchistan and Pakistan policy of stepping up operations[3] on the terrorist groups have put the group on the defensive. The Americans have been categorical in their statement that the Taliban leader was an obstacle to peace[4]. Strategists have speculated as to whether the leader was given up by

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Barbarism is Not a Tactical or Strategic Escalation Ladder

“To know only one thing well is to have a barbaric mind: civilization implies the graceful relation of all varieties of experience to a central human system of thought.” ― Robert Graves It is time to deal with the issue of mutilations separately from the overall gambit of military conflict. The Army carried out a massive counter assault using heavy mortar fire on Pakistani posts along the Line of Control, as “heavy retribution” for the beheading of an Indian soldier. In the past three weeks, the Pakistan Army has mutilated bodies of two of India’s soldiers. The Indian Army’s Northern

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Terrorism and Radicalization- Different Twins

The essence of terrorism is to create terror through violence. It is aimed at employing violence in an unconstitutional manner without the checks and balances of a social contract. It is to employ arbitrary force on the victim to create fear in the minds of the others. Terrorism has goals. While radicalization may lead to terrorism, it is not terrorism per se. For something to be classified as terrorism actions have to be proved and not merely ideas. Ideas by themselves do not harm people. It is the implementation of certain ideas in practical form that leads to terrorism. To

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Think of Tarishi, one with the stars

This eid, spare a moment for Tarishi Jain. She, the one who of a religion that preaches and practices the ideology of live and let live, was killed by someone because she couldn’t recite a verse from the holy Quran.   I know personally speaking you don’t owe her an apology, but if it isn’t too much to ask for, please pray for her. Maybe ‪#‎terrorhasnoreligion‬ but when people like Tarishi world over are being killed in the name of a religion, at the least we can do is sympathize with the plight of their friends and family who have to bear

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Things To Be Beware In Bali

Having been to Bali recently, I thought to share a guide to the lovely island. I booked my holidays via a travel agent because South East Asia looks to be a troubled place on the internet for all kinds of nonsense. Bali, though is a wonderful place. Beaches, Bikini Babes and some great sights make the island a must see for travel enthusiasts. The island city though has had its share of troubles. In October of 2002, Kuta, a very happening part of Bali and a place where you can find westerners in hoards was the site of a car bomb attack. It did not stop

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Letter to a Jihadi

Dear Mr Jihadi, I’m writing this letter on behalf of my few friends around me. Here I want to acknowledge that you and your men have made the world learn how to push the limit of inhumanity to the next level each time you execute a mass killing project. Sometimes I wonder, what kind of thought process a man needs to conceive this level of reasonless cruelty and hatred.  But then, out of curiosity I want to ask – who are your real enemies. I couldn’t identify them by a particular colour, a particular race, territory, religion, thought school or

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क्या राष्ट्रभक्ति आप शिफ्ट वाइज निभा सकेंगे?

राष्ट्रीय शोक जब उत्सवधर्मिता की हद तक चला जाए तो ये बहुत संभव है कि थोड़े वक्त के लिए वो शख्स जो हमारे बीच से चला गया, लौट आए. तस्वीरें वैसे भी कभी मरती नहीं तो उन्हें जुटा-जुटाकर उनके होने का एहसास कराया जाए लेकिन ये सब करते हुए हम जिंदा लोगों के बीच भी तो काफी कुछ मर रहा होता है. ऐसे में ये भी संभव है कि हम-आप मीडिया और राज्य की मशीनरी की तरह इस उत्सवधर्मी शोक में शामिल न हो पाएं तो देशद्रोही करार दे दिए जाएं..लेकिन न्यूज चैनलों पर जब बार-बार एक दूसरी मौत( जो

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Movie Recommendation: Punjab 1984 – An Experience Beyond Words

There are these movies that you watch; and the first thing that you want to do after watching is to tell people about the experience that they were, the feelings they brought out and much more…But then you just can’t think of the right adjectives that would aptly describe the same. Punjab 1984 is one such movie. Today as I write this review, I really hope that my limited vocabulary does not cripple me as I try and communicate the beauty of the movie that touched my heart and left me numb for a long time. Numb not only because

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प्यार से जी लो जरा

एक वक्त था कि वो कहते थे यारों सितारे तोड़कर लायेंगे हम जहाँ के लिए जहाँ भी वहीं है सितारे भी वहीं हैं पर वो ही बदल गये हैं अब वो वो न रहे   वो चले थे कुछ लेकर इरादा अपने दिल में क़ि दुनियाँ में हम कमल को खिलाएँगे कमल तो खिला लेते दुनियाँ में वो पर क्या पता था की दुनियाँ में इतनी कीचड़ कहाँ   इरादा तो उनका मुल्क को साफ करने का भी था पर पहले कभी अपने दिल की सफाई की न थी फोटो खिंचाने पड़े उनको हाथ में झाड़ू लिए भूल गये थे

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