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The Sins of America


Things have been volatile in our part of the world. Unsettling, as what happened was not conceived well before or rather this only was the peace deal.

The Peace deals that started taking shape of some form during the Trump era, without any allies on the table; of all not even India who for last twenty years singlehandedly built almost everything for the Afghan nation- from the roads to schools, to their dams, to even the Parliament- this was never what the Indians were working for and it has shaken the trust the allies had on them.

As every other being thought that the Taliban would be given a fight, tall talks of resistance by the afghan forces were given, President Ghani talking about winning the final war against the battles that Taliban has won fled just like the US Army, quietly in the night. Biden talking about the inevitability of Kabul falling, or it not being the rerun of what happened in Vietnam, rather it is the worst what will take shape in the coming time because the Taliban is a virus, it is an ideology of the most medieval kind. And the worst part is that it has takers around the world, even amongst us.

Everyone involved has ruined everything for Afghanistan. There is no tomorrow, no future but to sit and grow beards, as the sail of the burqas and hijabs went an all time high.

Who leaves overnight! Not an army at least! Not those people who fight for the right, for the truth, on a distant soil, in a hostile country 4000 kilometres far from their land, for twenty long years. There is no doubt that one cannot fight for infinity for the other, but no one asked them to come here and start all of it. They chose it, they chose to be here till the ‘mission is accomplished’. What mission? To leave at the most appropriate time, to leave the Jihadist fighters the strongest they have ever been. And leaving for them all the classified documents, modern sophisticated weapons, helicopters, tanks, Humvees, latest machine AT Guns that the Russians and the Chinese will look over for themselves as much as they are being carried over to Pakistan, as it is all three of them along with Iran whose consulates are still open when world’s embassies are scrambling to get out of this blood bath.

Nothing really can explain this behaviour of the US think tank other than time.

Any empire like the US of today have seven deadly sins, and one of them is morality that, to use Tagore’s phrase, “is split down the middle,” committed to the very thing it disavows. What does the rule of law mean when empire itself enacts a regular lawlessness?

If one quietly goes through their war history, apart from the two bombs that they dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki- The US in their years long history of war, has not even won even a single battle, ever. And wherever they have gone, they have left a series of serious mayhem, confusion, vulnerability- From Iraq to Western Pakistan to drug wars; Libya, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Somalia, Lebanon, the coups from Iran to Chile; the creation of secret intruments of violence in assorted places from Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Laos, Honduras, El Salvador; sanctuary to autocracies and exporters of violent fundamentalism from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, each of whom have subverted the US’s own aims. Ask the question: “Did intervention leave a place in a better condition or achieve an objective with least violence possible?” The answer often turns out to be “no”. The tens of thousands of civilian casualties testify to that.

Afghanistan, country which at last had started breathing at least, women were trying to come out of their shells after hundreds of years of brutality, taking charge slowly as equals but what happened was so fast and so surreal that it shook even the experts of geopolitics, officials, ministers the world over and above all us, the common man looking at it from television or computer screens, like we were made to get addicted to these visuals as if it is the way to be. I do not imagine if any major power has really condemned the Taliban takeover rather surprisingly many including the United Kingdom Army General Sir Nick Carter was seen talking in the favour of the Taliban takeover! Isn’t this the worst kind where you are almost bound to acknowledge the fact that probably Jehad is good, and fine in the name of god, the only god!

It is a disaster by a long shot, as what the US and the allies gained, worked on slowly, tirelessly for twenty long years went down the drain within days. And for the American- the name as a brand, its military and of course the common man who still held the US army in high esteem, see it nothing but as tyranny. Not because what they did is the work of a responsible army but because in these times and era we have cameras in probably each hand to record their unmissable mindset and a legacy that they have been carrying and leaving wherever they went. And with them went an army of media houses setting the narratives right of what was originally wrong, making Superman’s and The Hurt Locker’s and what not telling the tale of their right and might. Not any more.


If one knows, The Taliban, like Al Qaeda, evolved from the violent jihadists that the CIA trained in Pakistan to wage war against the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan in the mid and late 80s. It was only after the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks at home that the US turned against the Taliban. Then, in search of a face-saving exit from the military quagmire in Afghanistan, America embraced the Taliban by concluding a “peace” deal with them. That development eventually led the US to unwittingly enable the conquest of Afghanistan by the same thuggish group that it had removed from power in 2001.

When the Taliban were previously in power, their brutal record, including destroying historic and cultural artefacts, evoked some of the horrors perpetrated by Cambodia’s China-backed ultra-communist Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979 on which i also worked while on a grant in Cambodia. The Taliban’s reestablishment of a jihadist, theocratic dictatorship in Kabul is going to destabilise the region.

The US and its Western allies are located far away. But with the terrorist takeover of Afghanistan, India is being encircled by the China-Pakistan strategic nexus. In fact, the Taliban reconquest of Afghanistan will facilitate an even stronger China-Pakistan axis against India, while aiding the Pakistani intelligence’s proxy war against Indian targets.

The stepped-up threat from the axis may not be of immediate nature, yet the Taliban’s success creates greater strategic space for the two revisionist allies, China and Pakistan, to collaborate and advance their interests at India’s expense. This, coupled with Pakistan’s long-coveted acquisition of “strategic depth” in Afghanistan, holds significant, long-term implications for the security of India and the wider region.

As, when the Taliban last came to power, the terror ran in the Kashmir valley for over decade and still keeps the Indian Security Forces on high guards, now with a whole country going to the Super Demons of Terror; simply put, after the Afghan people and Afghan nation, India, and majorly Kashmir will be the biggest loser from Biden’s Afghanistan blunder.


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Old age is usually associated with caution and judiciousness. But the 78-year-old Biden has lived up to the adage “Act in haste, repent at leisure”. In doing so, he has undermined the trust of allies in US leadership. America’s allies henceforth will balk at unquestioningly toeing its line on issues in which they have a stake. Biden, by handing Afghanistan to terrorists, has also undercut the US-led global war on terror. The US may not be able to recoup from the Afghanistan disaster. And i hope they don’t because they are weak and weaning, and work not from the position of strength and but are sybaritic, not worthy, not deserving anymore of what they hold.

Last week, when all of this started happening i felt like drowning myself in the works of some poets of Afghanistan that have seen the country through when i came across a poem that drew me first and settled deep within somehow of how i felt, of how the poet must have felt, we became one. may be in future i may write more about these extraordinary men who took to pen when in every hand there was Gun;

So long, Afghanistan!

Sometimes I forget completely
what companionship is.
Unconscious and insane, I spill sad
energy everywhere. My story
gets told in various ways: a romance,
a dirty joke, a war, a vacancy.

Divide up my forgetfulness to any number,
it will go around.
These dark suggestions that I follow,
are they a part of some plan?
Friends, be careful. Don’t come near me
out of curiosity, or sympathy.

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Photograph from Unknown source: Internet.
Research/Thanks to: The Indian Express, Al Jazeera, Geopolitic expert Mr. Chellany and the Poems from Afghanistan club.


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Hi, I am Narayan Kaudinya. And i welcome you on this journey, the Road to Nara ! I am an Ethnographer and a practicing Indologist. I did my masters in History and further learnt Sanskrit, Yoga and Nerve-therapy. At 24, pushing most academic sounding, office sitting works away, i felt compelled to know and understand the world and my country, Bharat/India. I travelled, and as it happened i took up teaching in Kashmir and further up in the remote villages of Baltistan in the foothills of Karakoram Ranges. For around three years and many states later there came a time when i felt that it was only while teaching i learnt how to laugh, to see, feel, breathe, love and cry -with children, and mostly resource-less parents in the harshest-freezing border conditions. I write, and work as a documentary photographer and Filmmaker, with numerous published, exhibited and some awarded stories. In my travels and life i have let nature lead me, the divine mother, and as a Yogin, my resolve here is to share my experiences and thoughts as honestly, and through them to blossom in everyone the power and possibility in pursuing your breath, that you seek your true nature with courage and curiosity. Here, on this road i will share my spirit, my love for nature, the elements of life that are us. And in doing so, i'll be happy to see you along.

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  1. I watched the news as the tragic happenings in Afghanistan unfolded, including analysis of various political experts, but this post is more informative, powerful, and persuasive. It proves the power of words when written by a talented hand of a writer who would make an excellent politician or an international journalist but his destiny is to help rebuild India, post-pandemic.
    It should be reprinted in Indian magazines as it gives such an accurate assessment of the situation that is and will keep gripping the world for the foreseeable future. The included poem is a revelation, as not many people are aware of such beautiful and moving poetry in a country
    ravaged for decades by war. Thank you, Narayan, for such magnificent work.

    Joanna

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    • My dearest, whatever may be my destiny, you must know it is for the people, the children and elderly, trees, birds and animals, all of nature that must be guarded and soon at any cost.

      Yes the poem was so subtle, and so powerful. It came to me when i learnt of the terrorists killing a poet and a historian.

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  2. Truly feel this post. I posted something similar a few days back because it was heartbreaking to watch everything unfold. The world needs to put the onus on the US to answer for the mayhem they have created. We need a stronger UN one that isn’t controlled by the US.

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  3. Every sane person is at a loss of words regarding what has happened in Afghanistan. As you point out accurately, its certainly bad for us at India. It’s a serious wonder that the world powers are just sitting and watching. Sometimes I just wonder why do we humans even exist.

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    • Neel, actually whatever US is doing, there one point focus are the chinese. Fine, it is given the world politics is actually going towards a dead end but to erase everything they did along with their allies for 20 long years gives a serious jolt to their credibility.

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      • And thank you for writing after long. Humans will exist for a little over some time still but see, the time has started ticking, Pandemic, earthquake, floods, draughts were never this high. Things are changing.

        Narayan x

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  4. Michael Graeme says

    Thank you, Nara, like so many I am watching this horror unfold through the narrow lens of our various media, so am especially grateful for the greater vision enabled by your heart-felt perspective. I feel such despair at the apparent lack of meaning in the west’s continued intervention in Afghanistan these past 20 years, the civilian deaths and the deaths of young boys from the rust belts of America and the UK, sent as soldiers. It’s puzzling and devastating that we show such genius in the invention of technologies that can lift civilisations to another level, but so little apparent intelligence in the kind of statecraft needed to take the world forward.

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    • Thank you for writing Michael.. Your assessment is heart felt. And actually whatever US is doing, there one point focus are the Chinese. But even though people would understand everything but not chaos, mess all over again and when you have put a major part of your energy, resources, money for 20 years to make this happen what is going on now.

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  5. It is a binary choice — stay or go. I think we should be glad the U.S. is leaving the area (not really a country) known as Afghanistan. The absurd hubris that kept us there after Al Qaeda was ejected is the same type of hubris that leads some in America to think we could control the situation as we left. It is up to the people there to determine their fate, and for better or worse they have chosen the Taliban.

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    • Of course dear friend, US has all the right and they must leave but even a guest does not leave in a hurry unless their own backyard is in fire, and not at all a country or an area as you say after 20 years of love and leave affair.

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      • Also the reason is nothing but Chinese presence which is making the US make these hasty decisions out of nervousness. It is absolute lack of understanding and failure of their age old intelligentsia to let 14 million women and children die out of hunger or even hate.

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        • Moreover, if you have followed any thread on Afghanistan, no country would like to leave their modern age weaponry, humvees, helicopters, machine guns for the terrorists or even for the Russians, Chinese who are already there, waiting to know it all about the new western tech.

          But anyways, its just the feeling that we are going through in Asia dear friend. Its going to spill over pretty badly soon.

          Thank you for writing
          Narayan x

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  6. When I was young, having been born just after the end of WW2, I thought mankind must have learned from the events of those 6 years and that we would re-build a better, happier world. Then I watched as the US blundered about spending obscene amounts of money in wars, that should have been spent on her own people who are in need. It appalls me that here in the US there are homeless people and people suffering without medical care because our government is so broken. I feel for Afghanistan but I think I have become numb inside. There are only so many tears to shed. Mankind seems unable to help itself. We learn no lessons from history. We fight and argue and want everything to be our way (how boring) and we fear those who are different. Why? Because there are too many of us. So Nature sends a virus and climate warming and she will get us in the end. Such a sorry species. Be well, Nara. I think of you there, in your part of the world that is so vulnerable. Our turn will come.

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    • Dearest Carolyn, a heartfelt long hug to you.

      I read and felt everything you wrote. And i know, you know what all could have been but none of it will ever happen, almost never.

      Also i see for the US as they have only been defending their supremacy for the longest time but then Russia and this time the ver stronger Chinese are making life a little troublesome for the state and probably for the world. And so this decision in haste was taken.

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      • I hear you, and i also assure you that the good forces, will fight back because they will. We here in India are readying ourselves for coming time. And yes the turn is coming.

        My care and strength to you
        Narayan x

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  7. Narayan, it was with a heavy heart that I read your article on the tragic situation unfolding in Afghanistan. I fear for the security of Afghan women and girls. I’m no military strategist, but I’m sure that there must’ve been a better way for America to end its “forever war” in Afghanistan. Here in the USA, we the people are already paying the social-economic-political price of our so-called “War on Terror” in the Middle East.

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    • As i learnt dear Rosa, 14.2 million women, mothers, girls and children are fending for themselves right now. Some have been flown into India.

      Certainly there should have been a better, may be stricter, not chaotic may be early way out of this mess. As i also understand geostrategically whatever US is doing right now, it has China in his head and hence the haste. They are trying to put their energy into the Indo-Pacific rather than everywhere or so it seems.

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  8. Reading this account of events deeply saddens me, Nara. The older I get, the less I trust the intentions of anything proposed by US politicians. There are always those who benefit big when the rest of us suffer outright, or when our hearts bleed for what others endure. Blessings for your continued safety. 🌞

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  9. Narayan, my heart has become very heavy, and it has always been that way, with what is happening in Afghanistan. As I may agree or not agree with your view of America, mostly I fear for the future of the Afghan women and girls, as they had just begun to experience a glance a freedom.

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    • KK says

      Thank you, Narayan ji for such a comprehensive, well researched article. It’s timely and quite informative. The role of US is really questionable. I wonder on one hand, they are entering into a deal with Taliban, and on the other, they say they will not recognise Taliban government. What are they upto? They haven’t learnt any lesson from earlier disasters and also 9/11. They don’t know that this Frankenstein’s monster may boomerang on them. But India is definitely at receiving end with Pakistan-China nexus getting stronger. It is also reported that China is after rich mines of Afghanistan.

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      • They surely have a deal with the Taliban and not only it talked about them coming to power but to an extent they will leave all their weapons etc as they were.

        You are absolutely right Kaushal ji and well informed already. The only thing here how there agencies were thinking was to contain China, and they wanted to make space for the chinese to enter this region. You must be knowing about the Uyghur problem within China,

        So yes there are some changes that we are going to see within months and few years time in our region, but to start with war seems inevitable by the end of this decade atleast Kaushal ji and i fear that it will start from Taiwan. For Pakistan, i think the time is kind of up.

        Thanks of sharing your thoughts Kaushal Ji

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    • My dearest Cornelia, i cannot hate anything, i may just find a middle path to understand what is there and that is how i understand US’s moves in AF. Whatever the US is doing, they are doing towards countering China, urgently and on a war footing. Of course they understood the futility of being in AF as it was going nowhere and we see the reason why. But it is also true that now there are as reports suggesting as much as 14 million women out on streets without work and many widowed.

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      • And well it is a precarious situation, and will undoubtedly spill over towards India, going to in some years to come there is no doubt it. But well we will see.

        Thanks for sharing what you think Cornelia
        Narayan x

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      • Dear Narayan, thank you so much for your kind response, I didn’t get the impression that you hate anything, you are a way too kind of person to keep hate within yourself. We as very concerned observers can’t do personally anything about this horrible situation in AF, but just trying to keep peace within ourselves and wishing that the lives of all these women will be saved . I feel helpless here , just as you do. Take care , your friend Cornelia

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  10. Narayan, I do agree with much of what you say. Though the human rights situation in Afghanistan is heartrending, I only wonder what might have happened if the US had responded with investment in Afghanistan and diplomacy instead of a twenty-year war we could not win. Prosperity tends to bring with it better education and more progressive policies that benefit all.

    I know that Indians are justifiably concerned about the lack of qualified leadership in Afghanistan and the possibility that China and Pakistan may rush into the void, further destabilizing the region. The Afghanistan situation is an international concern, and many nations have a stake in what happens there. No one can foretell the outcome. It may end better than it now seems.

    President Biden has inherited a huge mess in Afghanistan. Former President Trump is responsible for making a bad situation worse by unilaterally withdrawing large numbers of troops, engaging in amateurish negotiations with the Taliban, and announcing a withdrawal date that gave the Taliban plenty of time to prepare for a takeover of Afghanistan. He made changes to US Immigration procedures that slowed the acceptance of Afghan refugees, presumably with the intent to prevent Muslims from entering the US.

    President Biden has clearly stated that his main concern is preventing the spread of radical extremism. The US wishes India, the world’s largest democracy, continued peace, progress, and success.

    As for the US, we need to focus on our own urgent issues such as healthcare, education, infrastructure, growing economic disparity, poverty, racism, and the environment. The US needs to stop its militaristic and unwelcome interventions into the affairs of other countries and work together with the international community to solve global problems like the pandemic, famines, pollution, extinction of species, and climate change.

    I am a retired elementary school teacher, not a politician or a journalist. I am speaking from my heart because I love my country and my fellow man.

    All the best to you, Narayan, and all the best to India. ❤

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    • Dearest Cheryl, no ways US would have invested any more, any longer on this futile land and they understood it way back in 2014.

      Their leaving was inevitable and rightly so expected some day but this way it did break many hearts to see situation deteriorating so fast like it felt almost unbelievable.

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      • And you are absolutely right to each word, what trump did was mostly badmouthing anything and everyone and probably tried to solve everything and everyone, i did like him a bit but his handling of the virus was very irresponsible and so were his ways of handling relationships even with his allies.

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        • I imagine Cheryl it is China which is making the US do, what they are doing now. And there is a feeling in the US think tank to somehow contain the Chinese as fast and as soon as possible. And that seemed to be one reason to leave the region.

          Anyways, things are going to be on the boil, and well, it is just so helpless to see people, women crying for life, living in fear and images of children being passed over barbed wires.

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          • Personally cheryl, the war is inevitable now. As the Chinese are outgrowing themselves in our region. As the US will start focusing on the Indo-Pacific, working with us to balance the China out, Taiwan is where the things are going to go out of control within few years, as will the the Uyghurs extremists meeting with the Taliban.

            It is an all round doom.
            Wishes to you, i see and feel how much you love your country and feel for it, for the people.

            Thank you
            Narayan x

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            • Thank you, Narayan, for your informative and detailed response. I do love my country, but I am not blind to our shortcomings. I am hoping that the negative events that seem inevitable can be avoided. India is in so many ways an admirable country, and I wish you continuing progress and success! ❤

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    • Thank you so much Genie, well yes i did speak little from the heart and little from the knowledge i have of the geography around the Indian subcontinent.

      Its been far too long as we, in India have been at the receiving end of terror that seems now ever since.

      Thank you for writing dear Genie
      Narayan x

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  11. This was most awaited and most powerful than expected Sir Ji. The info is crystal clear about the root causes and the cautiousness that any country should be especially our Country and beautiful Kashmir. Polluted politics and terrorists are more dangerous than any virus to any any nation. Million questions in most of our minds as how can a leader flee the Country being in a position to save or assist his people and Country to be saved just like that?? The 20 yrs of democracy built out of dark abyss of many years has just been left to the demons in number of days by the big branded richest Country??

    Today is Afghanistan and for sure other day if not in nearest future definitely would be any Country especially India because of the below highlighted lines written by the great Poet suits exactly. Our country has a tradition of sheltering, trusting, being kind and showing sympathy or empathy for needy. There we welcome and may end up in troubles. There must be a strategy of seeking answers for million questions to keepa check for such avoidable instances. Got you learn so much from your informative post, thanks a ton for writing on this much needed topic/issue 🙏

    Friends, be careful. Don’t come near me
    out of curiosity, or sympathy.

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    • Dearest Suma, your lovely words and understanding of it all comes from your love for humanity.

      I keep feeling still that what i wrote isn’t enough and still there are some points that i really want to make, Before that i will see for myself as of now how things take shape because whatever shape it will take, it will only look like a ticking bomb.

      Yes we will have to be vigilant, even though things have drastically change since the last time Taliban came to power, we are stronger and probably fearless. Kashmir is better equipped but still forces will be there to disrupt whenever they can.

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      • We as a nation also need to learn from the mistakes of the US, as what and how they handled it all tells us of their irresponsibility. They surely cannot be trusted now as, they did not care to even have a word with their allies and India, who was working with them for last twenty years in rebuilding the nation of AF.

        Even though i understand whatever they did is because of the Chinese. And with the Chinese now working the way they are, the war seems inevitable in the near future.

        Some unlikely times coming for Earth dear Suma, be well
        Narayan x

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  12. Narayan,
    Thanks for following my blog. I”m interested in what you have to say, but at the moment I need to get off-line and deal with my real-life chickens, who are suffering needlessly in this hot, humid, rainy, Savannah weather. I have lots to say about the US history of interference and interventions around the world, including its parallel history of leaving each place worse off than before it arrived. That’s what we did in our own piece of turf, as you probably know, and the genocide the Europeans brought to the Americas (North and South). Who are we to boss the rest of the world around?

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    • Katharine, your blog is more you than your mice being themselves completely.

      Well, people find something to promote their nature, greed. And this time it is the Chinese for the US, unlike Russia, more powerful and strongly villainous. Whatever they did, it is China they want to contain.

      Actually no boss would like to bossed and it seems the Chinese have almost shaken them up after experiencing what the virus has done.

      My greetings for a lovely morning to you Katharine
      Narayan x

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  13. Please understand it’s the government of the U.S., not its people who are making these decisions.
    From a travel perspective, I’m saddened that our government makes foreign travel a greater risk because of their politically expedient motives,

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    • Of course dear friend, and well i am going ahead to understand even to an extent that the US wanted to contain the Chinese and it is them who is making them because of whom they are doing anything now.

      But yes dear Usf, it is going to be a dark time in few years, war is inevitable as now the US is putting all their energy to the Indo-pacific, working with India to balance China out and putting their weapons into Taiwan. This is war.

      Thank you for your thoughts
      Narayan x

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  14. I read the post on Afghanistan with a lot of pain. A country and a people used and left to fend for themselves! The scenes from the airport are so heart wrenching. A people so traumatized is not going to be good for anyone, especially India. I worry thinking of the world the children today are growing into, with pollution on one hand and social unrest on the other. I hope the world is kinder and perhaps learning from your example more of us should reconnect to nature to calm this unrest. It is true that wherever the US has interevened it has only left blood shed behind, after all a nation ruled by corporate interests can not do any better, can it? but again aren’t governments across the world doing the same, more or less?. Maybe we expect too much from those in power!

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    • Sree, very kind of you.

      Seriously do not know what curse Afghanistan is under, or are they all Yadav’s once cursed by Gandhari! Figting for their lives amongst each other day in and day out.

      I think we have come to far ahead to even feel for women and children’s lives. Its nothing other than bing numb against favours.

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    • Also, even if one becomes calm and treads towards nature, the other country will not let it happen.

      See for Japan as an example. After the hiroshima bombings they discontinued their army and navy etc but recently they had to re-group together as China is being assertive. Its a very loss-loss situation for the world.

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      • Yes, it is. I wonder where we are headed to. But one has to be hopeful and keep working towards peace. That’s the only way out I guess. Along with the social unrest, the scarcity of resources and the barrage of climatic changes that we are experiencing now, it is difficult to keep up the hope. Still I feel that more and more people are taking up meditation and yoga and other environment friendly, calming practices, so there is perhaps room for change for the better. Let’s see what unfolds.

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        • Truest truth Sree,

          absoultely agree that Yoga and understanding of prana are a way to know oneself and hence the divine, at least we living here in India are blessed to not just know of them as words but carry them in our genes.

          Yes, we will see and act the best way possible.
          Friend, Narayan x

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    • We do expect atleast kindness, but how cruel are interests which work differently for different people. Its not easy to be a politician too anymore. We, our world is moving towards an edge.

      Thank you dearest Lekha,

      Narayan x

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  15. “The US in their years long history of war, has not even won even a single battle, ever. And wherever they have gone, they have left a series of serious mayhem, confusion, vulnerability…”

    ^ This is the truth it comes down to. It was always about money and control over lives or rights. Prayers for Afghanistan right now 🙏

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    • Lovely to have found you dear Writer from Texas. My heartfelt welcome.

      Well, it is important for the citizens to talk about it because no matter the US is the most richest country but those riches must serve its own people than dominating the world over and like this, everytime, every time making a mess and leave. This should not happen and they should be taken to task. I can’t believe in order to contain China they are almost getting dictated by a terrorist organisation.

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    • Also, i have started feeling little relieved as majority of US citizens do think alike, even though they love their country but i feel there is a sense of pain for the people of Afghanistan and true to the fact, all what went into rebuilding a whole country just went away like dust in the wind.

      Anyways, Thanks friend for the affirmation.
      Narayan x

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  16. This article, Narayan, is one of the best you have written, and it shows the benefit of being
    qualified, as a graduate in history. I have already printed a few copies to send to quality journals,
    although, the situation is still unfolding, and we don’t know how it will progress, and how many people can be saved. There is chaos at the airport and some desperate people hiding with no means of escape.
    Thank you, Narayan, for writing such a powerful work!

    Joanna xx

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    • My dearest, thank you so much. But to tell you i am not done. Because, and only because i did not touch that part of the history which makes this region extraordinary, more for Indians.

      May be after the final chapter, i plan again to delve deeper and to observe its impacts on India and for the US and China in the long run. You see i love geography too.

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    • Also you are right, only the most fortunate once might come out as refugees, placed in different parts of the world but it is only for the celebrated few.

      I think as common citizens of the world, every voice is important, nothing goes waste, no thing at all.

      My love to you
      Narayan x

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  17. Angel A says

    Hey narayan kaudinya my name is Angel sure nice to meet you your adventure trip is very interesting

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  18. I fear for India and its neighbors with the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan. Biden is hated here in the USA, and we pray for his removal. I am glad that people in other countries are speaking up!

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    • The rise of Taliban has been only possible because of our neighbours, The Chinese and the Pakistan. Main aim is to protect their CPEC and BRI projects, and unstable India as we are the only country out of i think 45, who is opposing it. Opposing the trade and making of these Road, Debt-trap projects.

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    • Also I imagine trump lost because of his handling and understanding of the Covid crisis, and of course also as he was hated by the US and UK, Europe media but personally for Indians he was regarded as a straight talker and almost tried to do what he could in the given the time.

      One thing that US and the UN must try, is to find a way to let all the money, food etc reach the people rather than these blood sucker regime, but how, i do not think they have any plan!

      Thanks again Dawn.

      Narayan x

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      • It’s pretty certain that the 2020 election in the US was corrupted by the Democrats. Trump has a very strong following. Don’t believe everything you see in the media. We are struggling to fight government corruption here. I don’t have much faith in the UN as it is now run by dictators in bed with the terrorists. Thank you, Narayan!

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  19. As always an insightful well thought out post Narayan. It’s a bloody mess. There are no easy answers that break our hearts💖❣️❣️

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