‘ISI didn’t plan the Taliban victory. The US facilitated it,’ says Author & Filmmaker Adrian Levy

(Illustration: Saurabh Singh) Adrian Levy has never stayed back this long in London since he was 16, he says. The Covid-19 pandemic has confined him to his London home from where he currently gives interviews on the latest among several books he has co-authored with Cathy Scott-Clark who, these days, is tied up with an … Continue reading ‘ISI didn’t plan the Taliban victory. The US facilitated it,’ says Author & Filmmaker Adrian Levy

We can’t do business with Taliban, say India-funded Salma Dam builders

Several businessmen, including a senior executive of a company that co-built the Salma Dam in Afghanistan, state that it is unlikely that they will do any business in the landlocked nation with the Taliban returning to power. The dreaded militant outfit aims to establish a theocracy in Afghanistan. Salma Dam is officially called the Afghan-India Friendship Dam, located in Chishti … Continue reading We can’t do business with Taliban, say India-funded Salma Dam builders

SOS Appeal: Fearing for her life, Afghan TV anchor Shabnam wants to leave Afghanistan

Shabnam Khan Dawaran, whose video exposing the Taliban went viral, says she continues to receive death threats Shabnam Khan Dawaran, 24, was a TV anchor with state-run RTA channel until the Taliban stopped her from working SHABNAM Khan Dawaran, the 24-year-old Afghan TV anchor whose video about the harrowing ordeal of being stopped by Taliban … Continue reading SOS Appeal: Fearing for her life, Afghan TV anchor Shabnam wants to leave Afghanistan

Who’s fair game under the Taliban?

People run alongside a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16, 2021 (Photo: AP) While the power elite are safe abroad, common folk of Afghanistan hope against hope that their worst fears don’t come true SEATED at his friend’s pharmacy in Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar, home to many refugees from Afghanistan, Jamil, who … Continue reading Who’s fair game under the Taliban?

The Indian Left may have shrunk politically, but it is still an intellectual force to reckon with

(Illustration: Saurabh Singh) WHEN INDIA WON freedom in 1947, communists were already in power across large swathes of Europe thanks to Joseph Stalin’s puritanical worldview and expansionist politics. Having steered World War II to a triumphant win at a huge cost along with the Allied Powers, the Soviet Union under his watch had the bandwidth … Continue reading The Indian Left may have shrunk politically, but it is still an intellectual force to reckon with

CP Surendran marshals powerful characters to link the old and the new

CP Surendran (Illustration: Saurabh Singh) CP SURENDRAN’S NEW novel One Love and the Many Lives of Osip B is centred on the love story of a young adult named Osip Bala Krishnan, who, as a student of a boarding school in the cantonment town of Kasauli, falls in love with his English teacher. Elizabeth Hill, who is … Continue reading CP Surendran marshals powerful characters to link the old and the new

The return of the Taliban will have grave consequences for India, says C Christine Fair

C. Christine Fair C.Christine Fair is a renowned scholar of military affairs and politics in South Asia and has lived and worked in Afghanistan and Pakistan besides other countries. Early on, she was a political officer with the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan in Kabul. Fair, Professor, Security Studies, at Georgetown University, is one of the … Continue reading The return of the Taliban will have grave consequences for India, says C Christine Fair

Covid-19 is aggravating India’s uncontrolled diabetes burden

(Illustration: Saurabh Singh) BODY BUILDER AND FITNESS coach Raman Singh (name changed) has always held a vendetta against carbs. For the last five years, he has had his medical checkups done every six months, but when the Mumbai-based 40-year-old was diagnosed with high blood sugar levels some months ago, which could only be treated with … Continue reading Covid-19 is aggravating India’s uncontrolled diabetes burden

‘It is striking that China would take on India at a time it needs friends’

Richard McGregor is an award-winning journalist and author of the bestseller, The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers In the wake of the Chinese Communist Party celebrating 100 years of its formation, this former Beijing bureau chief of the Financial Times spoke to Open on China’s foreign relations, the history of the communist party in that country, … Continue reading ‘It is striking that China would take on India at a time it needs friends’