April 05, 2020
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15 Years Ago

V.K. Shashikumar, on the Northern Alliance fighting the Taliban with fake currency: For Afghans resisting the Taliban he is Sher-e-Panjshir, an epithet he earned during his legendary battles with the Soviet occupation army. He’s a master tactician and strategist who insists that he’s “not a general”. A military leader who never stays in one place for more than two hours, he, incidentally, also speaks fluent French. That, briefly, is Ahmad Shah Masood. http://bit.ly/1CTQSwZ

10 Years Ago

Charubala Annuncio, on an old law ruining salt manufacturers: Rupees nil per acre. That’s the money 70 families in the Uran region off Mumbai got in compensation for their saltworks land—all of 3,000-plus acres. The year was 1974 and the acquisition was made by the Maharashtra government for the Jawaharlal Nehru Port project (JNPT). And the law that made it possible: the Salt Act of 1870. http://bit.ly/1ymyPDQ

5 Years Ago

Arindam Mukherjee and others, on the Chinese hacking scare: It’s been over a year since the Indian army discovered a grave cyber security lapse. The attack, which had its origins in China, was never publicised and didn’t figure in any internal report. But the damage was immense, say sources familiar with the breach of India’s security establishments. “We never keep anything sensitive on a computer that is connected to the internet,” says an officer. http://bit.ly/1aZhTsY

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