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The Paradox of Messiah States

A messiah state is a state that seeks to save other societies from a perceived threat. The paradox is that they are unable to do so, and they create structures that they once opposed. In recent times, the United States has assumed the role of a Messiah State. The United States experimentation in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria have faced the wrath of unheeding, non-fruitful, futile endeavours which has cracked the entire order and fabric of their societies. There is no system in place to hold the Messiah States accountable for their conduct. The US’s never-ending war in Afghanistan prompted finger-pointing about who, if anyone, was to blame.

Strategic Dissonance in Afghanistan and a Way Forward

The historical background of recent events in Afghanistan is examined, and its relevance to India’s foreign and security policy is analysed.

Rescripting India’s Engagement with Afghanistan

The ways of rescripting India’s language of engagement with non-state armed groups like the Taliban are discussed. The engagement essentially does not accord moral legitimacy to acts of violence by the Taliban, but pushes for refashioning India’s image from being an “alien” other to a “differentiated” other.

India’s Afghan Policy: Challenges and Anxieties

India can only wait patiently and watch the situation in Afghanistan before initiating any action.

Afghanistan: Present Tense, Future Imperfect

The Taliban takeover cannot be understood outside the hegemonic economic and geopolitical interests.

Tribal Revolts in a Precarious Frontier

The Limits of Empire: Sub-imperialism and Pukhtun Resistance in the North-West Frontier edited by Sameetah Agha, Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan Private Limited, 2020; pp xvii + 231, price not indicated.

What Will It Take to Rebuild Afghanistan?

This reading list assesses the possible course ahead for Afghanistan after the United States' withdrawal from the region.

Misreading Afghanistan’s Crypto-coloniality

Afghanistan Post-2014: Power Configurations and Evolving Trajectories edited by Rajen Harshé and Dhananjay Tripathi , New Delhi: Routledge, 2016; pp xix+248, ₹ 895.

No Country for Afghans

Afghanistan is clearly unprepared for a massive influx of refugees, and human rights groups have raised concerns about their future in a country ripped apart by war and terrorism with a worsening security situation. Many of the refugees are likely to join the ranks of close to a million internally displaced people in Afghanistan and live in inhuman conditions by all accounts.

Pakistan in the Post-Taliban Present

The political leadership in Pakistan, even when democracy has grown and strengthened, has limited writ over what it can do regarding what the military considers its terrain. The Taliban may have been partially eliminated, but other equally odious militants continue to find protection through some organisations and individuals in the military. Dealing with the threats to Pakistan’s future and stability entails a deeper look within rather than blaming India or Afghanistan.

A Newsman's Saga

Bullets and Bylines: From the Frontlines of Kabul, Delhi, Damascus and Beyond by Shyam Bhatia; New Delhi: Speaking Tiger, 2016; pp 248, ‚ ₹ 599.

Asian Connectivity

The idea of “connectivity” appears to be the flavour of the season in Indian foreign policy. Earlier this month, the Ministry of External Affairs facilitated a high profile conference on the theme of “Asian Connectivity” (Raisina Dialogue, 1–3 March 2016). The minister of external affairs as well...

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