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In Second Regime, Both the Taliban and the World Face a New Reality

Both the Taliban and the World Face a New Reality

Afghanistan itself was a sideshow in which money and careers could be made and repatriated. In the meantime, an artificial economy was created there to service birds of passage, from diplomats and aid workers to military officials and outside contractors.

The New Kashmir Insurgency

The New Kashmir Insurgency

Throughout the last decade, as internet penetration deepened and the number of social media users grew in Kashmir, a young generation of militants emerged from the ashes of a dying movement. This generation weaponized social media, setting the stage for a unidirectional conversation in which the insurgents showcased their lives and ideology.

The Ill Fruits of Demographic Engineering in Kashmir

The Ill Fruits of Demographic Engineering in Kashmir

A hilly, snowcapped terrain leads to the village, which has witnessed one of the harshest winters in the Kashmir Valley in decades. The Forest Department managed to cut the trees before anyone could protest, as people had been braving subzero temperatures inside their homes.

Ahmer Khan,
Shoaib Mir
How the Idea of ‘India’ Came About

How the Idea of ‘India’ Came About

For the Mughal rulers, whose control covered much of the subcontinent, India could be imagined as something close to a unified state. However, for the millions of people beneath their rule, no sense of a “nation” or being part of “India” is evident.

Benjamin B. Cohen
Between Muhammad Ali and Me

Between Muhammad Ali and Me

Bangladesh’s independence was, and remains, a taboo topic in Pakistan, and much of it is blamed on the Cold War, Bhutto, and Indian political machinations. I had to reassess that post-independence propaganda I had been fed in later years. And, of course, the biggest shock was my discovery at 11 that Muhammad Ali was not Bengali!

Tam Hussein
Wading through the Mumbai Blues

Wading through the Mumbai Blues

In the three weeks of strict lockdown that ended up being extended to three months, millions of Mumbai residents watched the bare bones of the mega city being revealed.

Taran Khan
The ‘Love Jihad’ Conspiracy Theory

The ‘Love Jihad’ Conspiracy Theory

Hindu extremists are spreading beliefs about a “love jihad” – an alleged plan in which hyper-masculine Muslim men seduce gullible Hindu women into converting to Islam. Indian politicians have vowed to fight the “menace”, despite the lack of evidence that the “love jihad” actually exists.

Shweta Desai