Taliban under pressure in Afghanistan

One year after it seized power in Kabul, the Taliban leadership has failed to stabilise its rule and is grappling with various jihadi groups that have found shelter in Afghanistan. The September 5, 2022, suicide attack on the Russian embassy in Darul Aman area, Kabul, that killed six persons including … Read More

Taliban murder Hazara commander

The Shia-Sunni divide amongst the Taliban intensified sharply with the killing of Maulavi Mahdi, a rebel Hazara commander. The Shia-Sunni divide amongst the Taliban intensified sharply with the killing of Maulavi Mahdi, a rebel Hazara commander, who was captured at the Herat border in the morning of August 17, 2022, … Read More

Ulema perpetuate Afghanistan stalemate

Barely five weeks short of its first anniversary in power, the Taliban regime failed to address or resolve any of the serious issues facing Afghanistan, with the three-day “Great Conference of Ulema” held in Kabul (June 30-July 2, 2022) proving a damp squib. The regime took care not to designate … Read More

Shinzo Abe: Fall of a Titan

Abe had the foresight to appreciate the need for keeping India on the high table of world powers. The tallest leader in Japan’s post-World War II history, who raised the nation out of the guilt of its colonial past, was assassinated this morning by a lone gunman, who’s motive remains … Read More

Book Review: Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar: Arbiter Of Delhi’s Destiny

The posts of Delhi chief minister, Delhi Legislative Assembly and Delhi Government could possibly be void ab initio despite being created by Parliament through a constitutional amendment, because the framers of the Constitution had decided that Delhi being the national capital shall be centrally-controlled and administered. Constitutional expert and former … Read More

Ayurveda and Yoga spearhead India’s medical diplomacy

India’s Traditional Medicine systems (Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, and Sowa Rigpa of the Himalayan ranges) and other world traditions will now be studied and preserved at the Global Centre for Traditional Medicine (GCTM) India’s medical tourism sector, largely confined to allopathic treatment (barring Kerala), received a major fillip with the World … Read More

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