The mad pursuit for a New Middle East, repeatedly thwarted, keeps resurfacing, hydra-like. The driving force behind the neocon dream has metastasized into all sorts of outlandish and frightful scenarios. Has the strategic community forgotten founder of Blackwater, Eric Prince’s idea of “governing” Afghanistan exactly as the British governed India in early 20th century – under a “Viceroy”.
Most groups engaged in conflict in Syria are being leveraged by some or other external power. It is beyond debate or rather is well documented that the US or NATO has leveraged several affiliates of Al Qaeda in different conflicts.
The solution for Kashmir lies in reclaiming Kashmiriyat. In the larger national perspective, the solution lies in reclaiming the Indian brand of Islam, which is rooted in the soil of this country.
“It is a shame that a particular political party has nurtured such high levels of religious extremism that there are certain parts of Hyderabad city, which has become completely out of bounds from a law enforcement perspective.”
If information is power, then those who wield this power control the drift of international discourse. Chinese, Russians, Iranians are not classical democracies but have learnt this lesson.