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20 Years Fell Like Nine-Pins

US pulled out of Afghanistan after two decades, leaving the war-ravaged country in the hands of the same radical group it had set out to vanquish

Asad Kosha
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August 30, 2021

Cover Story


Return Of The Taliban

New victors in the Great Game’s old theatre script another tragic twist in the Afghan story, with the ripples likely to cross borders

August 30, 2021 | Seema Guha
  • Afghanistan

    40 Years Of War And A Blitz

    The Soviets in 1979, the CIA/ISI-backed mujahideen, civil war, Taliban’s first arrival…right up to...

    August 30, 2021
  • Opinion

    Great Wall To Leap Over

    America may have exited, but Beijing’s bosses cannot expect to simply waltz into the vacuum in...

    August 30, 2021 | Michael Kugelman
  • Opinion

    Taliban Here And Across The...

    Pakistan badly needs stability in Afghanistan. The dire alternative is refugee influx, TTP mayhem.

    August 30, 2021 | Sitara Noor
  • Opinion

    Eye On The Camel’s Leg

    The Taliban’s writ now runs in Afghanistan. India, through dexterous diplomacy, must...

    August 30, 2021 | Jayant Prasad



Wait Till The Glue Dries

Breakfast, dinner, virtual ­meeting, stalling Parliament…Opposition fixes up a unity show, but will it stick?

August 30, 2021 | Puneet Nicholas Yadav
  • Karnataka/Politics

    The Janata Man, Parivar To...

    From cutting administrative flab to decentralising power to panchayats—Karnataka CM Bommai promises...

    August 30, 2021 | Ajay Sukumaran
  • Interview

    ‘Focus On Numbers Alone A...’

    "We need to look beyond just the number of cases while making an assessment. Ideally, the progression...

    August 30, 2021 | Preetha Nair
  • Bengal/Covid

    The Traveller’s Bug

    Covid cases spike in Bengal as tourists rush to escape the heat

    August 30, 2021 | Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
  • Tamil Nadu/DMK

    Under Pressure

    The first 100 days in office have been a challenge for new CM Stalin

    August 30, 2021 | G.C. Shekhar



With Freshly Cut Hay

Expert fingers model a range of eatables from meats to cheeses using traditional methods and organic, local produce—artisanal foods are what gourmets are crowing about

August 30, 2021 | Lachmi Deb Roy



Duds, Suds & Missed Marks

Behind the Olympic failure of our shooters and archers lies fractious, money-grubbing coaches, complicit federations, huge pressure on athletes and faulty training

August 30, 2021 | Soumitra Bose


  • Snapshot

    Old Wounds Open Up

    They say Cheristerfield Thangkhiew, 54, was mediating with the regime. Why was he killed then? No one believes the police version...

    August 30, 2021 | Dipankar Roy
  • Odisha

    Bait, Switch, Repeat

    Panchayat polls are due in Odisha. How to ensure caste disaffection doesn’t throw a spanner in the works for BJD? Why, promise 27...

    August 30, 2021 | Sandeep Sahu
  • Poliglot

    Mixed Shots

    Passing through: A chuckle here, a teardrop there

    August 30, 2021



In case you missed it: News and newsmakers from India over the past week

August 30, 2021

The Die Is Caste

Has India’s OBC population gone way beyond the 27 per cent counted in 1931? The only way to know for sure is to count...

August 30, 2021 | Giridhar Jha

Arts & Entertainment

  • Kashmir/Art

    Map Of Memory And Longing

    An artisan’s nostalgic tribute to the Srinagar that was

    August 30, 2021 | Naseer Ganai
  • Review/ Art and Culture

    Why Mani Matters

    Time for this ace director to rediscover himself

    August 30, 2021 | G.C. Shekhar
  • Interview

    “I Had My Own Rules, Yet Was A...”

    Veteran actor Amol Palekar talks to Eshita Bhargava about his film '200 Halla Ho' and his journey in the industry. Excerpts:

    August 30, 2021 | Eshita Bhargava


Book Review

Characters In Mandarin

Bajpai takes a wide-angle lens to India-China ties, examining power imbalance, mutual suspicion and the US’ role in it. Kewalramani studies growing Chinese ambition through the prism of its fight against Covid-19.

August 30, 2021 | P.S. Raghavan



Mammootty Diary

It’s 50 years in cinema for the perennially handsome Kerala icon. John Brittas, who saw his first Mammootty film in ’81, on how he brings method acting even to the theatre of life.

August 30, 2021 | John Brittas



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August 30, 2021