In Afghanistan, Where Truth Has Gone Underground, Journalists Narrate Their Ordeal

A Taliban patrol in Kabul, August 18 (Photo: AP) SADIQA SHERZAI LEFT her home in Kunduz, a major city in northern Afghanistan, shortly after the Taliban overran the area several weeks before they gained control of the country. The radio and TV platforms she founded in 2008 had earned the wrath of the religious hardliners … Continue reading In Afghanistan, Where Truth Has Gone Underground, Journalists Narrate Their Ordeal

Is Charanjit Singh Channi’s anointment in good faith or an act of deception?

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and state Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu in Amritsar, September 22 (Photo: AFP) THE ELEVATION OF Charanjit Singh Channi, replacing Amarinder Singh as chief minister, has inspired claims of a Dalit finally getting his due in Punjab’s upper caste-dominated politics. In a state that accounts for the largest number … Continue reading Is Charanjit Singh Channi’s anointment in good faith or an act of deception?

Manoj Bajpayee: The Irresistible Phenomenon and Undisputed King of OTT

Manoj Bajpayee (Photo: Meetesh Taneja | Costume Stylist, Fashion Concept and Direction: Krish Khatri) The elemental intensity of Bajpayee makes him a class act on the big screen and a formidable force on OTT. The art and attitude of an original MANOJ BAJPAYEE IS INSTANTLY AMUSED BY MY SUGGESTION THAT HE is India’s Anthony Quinn, … Continue reading Manoj Bajpayee: The Irresistible Phenomenon and Undisputed King of OTT

‘Regional’ movies are more national than ‘national’ movies, says Manoj Bajpayee

Manoj Bajpayee (Photo: Getty Images) Do you think there will be films made separately for the OTT platform and for theatres? Or do you think one will cannibalise the other? I want both to coexist and provide compe­tition to each other. That is my personal opinion. Problems arise when there is just one medium, which … Continue reading ‘Regional’ movies are more national than ‘national’ movies, says Manoj Bajpayee

Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund: ISI’s Man in Kabul

A hardliner with no constituency or charisma, he epitomises a Taliban controlled by Pakistan (Illustration: Saurabh Singh) There are two Taliban leaders from Kandahar with the same name: Mullah Mohammad Hassan. Both had occupied the post of the governor of Kandahar. Both were close associates of the dreaded founder of the outfit, Mullah Mohammed Omar. The … Continue reading Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund: ISI’s Man in Kabul

UNHCR Stays Silent in The Face of Protests and Pleas by Afghan Nationals in New Delhi

Many Afghan nationals protesting outside UNHCR's office in Vasant Vihar, Delhi, are women who have been spending day and night for the past nine days along with their kids and elderly parents in scorching heat and occasional rain. You can see mosquito bites all over the faces of the kids. Now, their presence here has … Continue reading UNHCR Stays Silent in The Face of Protests and Pleas by Afghan Nationals in New Delhi

Hazaras, the Most Unloved, Excluded and Abused People of Afghanistan, Speak Out

Those who have fled the Taliban regime recall the trauma of exclusion, disclose worst fears for those left behind The destroyed statue of Hazara leader Abdul Ali Mazari (Photo: Twitter) In Delhi’s Ashram area where she has lived for the past three years with her family comprising parents, brothers and husband, Rabia (name changed) serves me … Continue reading Hazaras, the Most Unloved, Excluded and Abused People of Afghanistan, Speak Out

‘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