Tag Archives: Afghanistan

View from India: Behind Delhi’s ‘Pakistan Quandary’

India needs subtle strategies to contain and counter “threats” from Pakistan. The jingoistic and threatening rhetoric in a section of Indian media in response to each “provocation” from Pakistan does India no good. India’s power ought to be felt by its adversaries and not flaunted.

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Challenges for the Afghan Government

Only bilateral and multilateral trust and sincerity will help promote the national reconciliation in Afghanistan. But the ground situation hardly portends well because Dr Abdullah Abdullah, the Afghan People’s Dialogue on Peace, India and Russia on the one hand, and Dr Ashraf Ghani, Pakistan, USA, and China, on the other, find themselves at variance.

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Almost Afghan! Roasted Salmon With Dill and Cilantro

Landlocked Afghanistan may not have salmon on top of its national cuisine, but improvisation in recipes can give the fish a unique Afghan flavor.

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WFP Shortfall Fuels Afghan Funding Fears

Aid agencies are calling on international donors to show their support for Afghanistan even as they face ongoing crises. Humanitarian budgets in Afghanistan had often been tied to military objectives since the 2001 US-led invasion. As foreign troops prepare to pull out, fears of declining budgets are growing. 

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Taxpayers’ Money & Media Publicity of Fraud

Has the U.S. created a government that the Afghans simply cannot afford? The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction thinks so, and says that the US has spent more than $104 billion for Afghan reconstruction and raises the question “what have we gotten for the investment” after committing “more funds to reconstruct Afghanistan, than the US spent to rebuild Europe after World War II under the Marshall Plan?”

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The Dangers in Afghanistan’s Political Deal

Afghanistan’s new unity government undermines its democratic institutions and many on the Afghan street mince no words to say it.

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Who Are the Afghan Sikhs?

This little-known group have been leaving their home country in droves for decades. One of the biggest problems faced by Afghan Sikhs when trying to assert their rights is that Afghans regularly view them as immigrants from India.

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Building Silk Roads for the 21st Century

Pakistan is not alone in China’s larger vision of building a web of Silk Roads to connect it with Central Asia and as far as Germany. From 1992 to 2011 China spent 8.5 per cent of GDP on infrastructure, much more than the developing country average of 2–4 percent. And, from 1992 to 2007, China spent US$120 billion on building 21748 miles of highways.

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US General’s Killing Raises Fears of Taliban Resurgence

The war in Afghanistan is largely forgotten in the West with all the attention on Gaza, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Nigeria and elsewhere, but it is far from over. And judging by the killing of General Greene, US involvement in Afghanistan will stretch over many years to come.

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‘History Wars’ Set Ablaze Again in India

Controversial school books present an extremely contentious view of Indian history rooted in the ideology of Hindutva, the Hindu nationalist political movement — and sometimes propagate pure fantasy

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