I wasn’t really planning to write anything, after The Sins of America any more of whatever turned out in Afghanistan as there seemed no point to keep poking but it all changed the moment i saw a video of the US secretary of state Antony Blinken, who while facing the toughest grilling of his carrier remarked that “they inherited a deadline, and did not inherit any plan,”. It angered me to say the least.
World’s strongest, resource filled country actually had no plan for 20 years. And it is safe to say that they have no plan to deal with anything under the sun, leave China; I do not think anymore that anyone of us will ever get to know anything about the origins the Corona virus.
The funniest part is, that those terrorists who were once on the UN blacklist, were carrying millions of money on their heads, the deadliest of human killers have become great again. Google Mullah Baradar, the Taliban co-founder is now on this week’s ‘Times ‘100 most influential people of 2021‘. Is this a Joke! A terrorist is now a politician according to google, and probably soon to be the President of a country. What are we showing the coming generations to deal with killers, and how. This is blasphemous.
Afghanistan indeed may not be the last blunder of the Biden presidency. Taiwan could probably be next. Robert Gates, who served as defense secretary under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, wrote in 2014 that Biden “has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” Gates has proved right.
In fact, al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, in May 2010 letter found at his Pakistani compound after he was killed by U.S. forces, advised al-Qaeda not to target then-Vice President Biden, in the hope that he would one day become president. “Biden is totally unprepared for that post, which will lead the U.S. into a crisis,” bin Laden wrote. He too has proved correct.
Here in India, who is almost a new found ally of the US since the birth of the Quad, the Indo-Pacific, as they have been challenged by the Chinese on the face, has somewhere taken a hit of trust as Biden’s Afghanistan fiasco is a disaster for Asia, and this Self-inflicted defeat sends message that allies cannot count on the U.S intelligence, their friendship or more so India, who has been fighting terrorism ever since the times when the west had no Idea what was it actually. India has already been guarding her borders against the united might of China and Pakistan on her own.
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Indian astrology, which is the ancient most science that the Indians developed, which i have always been curious about, coming from my great grandfather, even though i have written very little about it; i sat with a friend last month and came out with an understanding that this was a landmark event in the world Politics. And in some years to come it was seen that it is certainly going to destabilise this region, mainly the middle east and the southern Europe which could be one of the major factors in contributing towards a full blown major war by the end of this decade. Pandemic was one factor, this is other factor and even other things will develop in a few years time.
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Being a storyteller, and having served organisations like the National Geographic and having been nominated once as the World Press Photo Global Talent in 2020, i am completely aware of what Photojournalists go through while covering a war in war-torn country. It felt like a responsibility to present this essay as a visual anthology of last 20 years starting from that very day when the Soviets were leaving, making way for the US to come over as they filled Pakistani pockets.
These images, and some of them pierced my peace and snatched sleep from my eyes yesternight as i was assembling them to present it.
This is the work of all those Photojournalists who have worked with a certain sense of death looming over their heads all the time and as readers, thinkers, observers, learners, lovers of humanity, love and peace it is our duty to see what war is. What does it do to humans, and woman, Children and above all a country. I really want that this must sleep with each human who looks at this essay today and whenever they do, that this happened and if it happened there, it might happen anywhere. Because some times, and most naturally in the times of war, Images say something that words may not want to touch, and almost they even might never.
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Text : Narayan Tushar Kaudinya
Photographs from Known and Unknown sources: Internet.
Research/Thanks to: The Indian Express, Wion, Geopolitic expert Mr. Chellany, Stagecraft and Forbes
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