The gold-backed Rouble

Formidable Western control over mainstream media have muted the news that the Russian central bank has announced that it will restart buying gold from banks at a fixed price of 5,000 roubles ($52) per gram between March 28 and June 30. This price is lower than the current market value … Read More

Taliban killing civilians: UN

The report submitted to the Security Council by Secretary General Antonio Guterres on January 26, 2022, debunks the Taliban’s pledges that it will not allow foreign terrorists to operate on Afghan soil. Abdullah bin Laden, son of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, visited Afghanistan in October 2021 and met with … Read More

Taliban quest for international legitimacy

The source of legitimacy of any government in Afghanistan would be its people. The Taliban quest for international legitimacy failed when the special envoys of the European Union and the United States, in a joint statement on January 27, 2022, declared that the Oslo summit did not in any way … Read More

PM security breach a sinister agenda

Soon after the dangerous breach in the Prime Minister’s security during an aborted visit to Bhatinda, Punjab, on January 5, 2022, a morphed video of a cabinet committee meeting of December 9, 2021 (after the tragic demise of CDS Gen. Bipin Rawat) suddenly popped up on WhatsApp groups all over … Read More

Little help for Afghanistan

OIC meeting in Islamabad offered little succour to Afghanistan as a humanitarian trust fund set up to help the beleaguered nation where millions face acute hunger and poverty amid a bitter winter, received no donations. The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting in Islamabad on December 19, 2021 offered little … Read More

Taliban in Moscow

The United States and European Union are said to be considering offering help to the National Resistance Front under the leadership of Ahmad Massoud, as the Taliban has failed to fulfill the commitments made at Doha. The split in the Taliban is now public; the Doha negotiators have been sidelined … Read More

Can Taliban government last?

It is easy to overthrow a decrepit regime after its external military backer withdraws, but far more difficult to install a viable and durable alternative. This lesson in realpolitik was driven home on September 11, 2021 when the fledgling Taliban regime was forced to cancel official celebrations of the swearing-in … Read More

Book Review | Blinkers Off: How Will The World Counter China

In a cogently argued work, backed by meticulous data, journalist Gaurie Dwivedi records how China worked single-mindedly to entrench its preponderance in trade vis-à-vis major countries and regions of the world in pursuit of its goal to rise as the premier world power. Beijing strove to achieve this geo-strategic dominance … Read More

Taliban moves cautiously to form government

It took Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, co-founder of the Taliban, one week after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan to arrive in Kabul (August 21, 2021) to initiate talks on government formation. Amidst hints of factional strains within the militia, the group hinted that it is seeking an “inclusive” government … Read More

Mission Kabul: What next?

Taliban is moving cautiously to win international approval. As inexorably as night follows day, the Taliban has returned to Kabul. The whole of Afghanistan has fallen to the Islamic Emirate, barring Panjshir where former Vice President Amrullah Saleh and Ahmad Massoud, son of Ahmad Shah Massoud, are trying to raise … Read More