It has been the theatre to one of the longest wars of the century. Landlocked in central Asia, Afghanistan is surrounded by Iran, Pakistan, China, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Having seen war and destruction for three decades now, approximately three quarters of its territory is inaccessible terrain. Today, it’s the crucible for America’s fight against global terror. Brajesh Kumar met Afghanistan Ambassador to India H.E. Dr Sayed Makhdoom Raheen to discuss his country’s predicament.
Even after 10 years the Kargil conflict is far from over for thousands of troops stationed at the icy mountain posts in this white desert.
Gujarat’s battle with the bottle is lost, what with the police in a win-win situation with prohibition in force.
It may not be an Orwellian nightmare, but shades of the dictator of Oceania can be found in Uttar Pradesh where Big Sister Mayawati has decided to watch the Forth Estate closely.
It may be politicially unwise to stop subsidy on petrol and petroleum products but its time the black gold is set free from government control.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Balochistan Blunder seems to overshadow the current political debate.
The burning down of Rita Bahuguna Joshi’s house in Lucknow with the tacit approval of the police only goes to show Chief Minister Mayawati’s darker side.
AR Antulay had lost his chief ministership of Maharashtra for allegedly collecting money in Indira Gandhi’s name. In Mayawati’s Uttar Pradesh, the state education minister has been collecting a portion of the grant meant for Sanskrit schools in Behenji’s name.