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Pashtuns and Modernity: The Conversion of Pashtun People to Islam

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At the end of the 4th century A.D, the raids of Ephthalites posed a formidable threat to the Eastern province of Sassanian Iran. Although at first Ephthalites were not much successful against the Sassanid rulers Bahram Gur and Yazdegerd II, yet towards the end of 5th century, by the year A.D. 483, they gained much ground in Afghanistan, made successful ...

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Paris Carnage: The Culprits and the Victims

Sher Jan

  On the night of 13th November, the French capital Paris came under deadliest terrorists attacks and 128 innocent people were killed and more than 100 injured. This was the first time after WWII that France faced such a horrible terrorist attack. The golden triangle of Parisian youth culture bath in blood. There were six separate attacks across the city. ...

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Paris and the ongoing Fight for Liberty, Equality and Fraternity

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Democracy is thought to have been introduced as early as 550 BCE in ancient Athens. It wasn’t democracy as we understand it today as only men with status, land and property were allowed to vote. The chaos of 600 men trying to decide on legislation helped decide Plato that democracy was one step away from anarchy. The modern form of ...

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German Business Expects more from Modi

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Germans are known to be outspoken, some would even say: rude. But in this post-protestant country, people would rather consider themselves as honest. And that’s what you expect from a friend, they believe. The large business delegation that German Chancellor Angela Merkel brought to India on the occasion of the third intergovernmental talks between the two countries on Monday and ...

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Paris Attack and the Suspected Support for Terror

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The horrible terrorist attacks in Paris have evoked the solidarity of People and organizations around the globe against the menace of radical ideologies. The solidarity with the French people has also been displayed by people through changing their profile pictures on social media with the French color the “Tricolore”. Despite most of the analysis of the details of how it ...

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China Flexing Muscles in Afghanistan

Sher Jan

Napoleon once said, “When China awakes the world will tremble.” China is one of the strategically most important neighbors of Afghanistan. The rapid expansion of its economy has made china a point of reference and topic in political and economic discussions throughout the world. Many of the political and trade union leaders have been praising the Chinese “miracle’’ as the ...

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Pashtun and Modernity:  Historical Context of Pashtun Modernity before Islam

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Pashtuns and modernity as a subject offers immediate pitfalls. It is profuse with cultural distinctiveness and idiosyncrasies, and may prove quite difficult at times for any learned foreign observer to grasp. On the other hand, from a Pashtun point of view, the outer world sometimes seems needlessly complex and tangled, irrationally busy, and while abundant in riches, psychologically as horrible ...

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Religion, Politics and Social change in the Tribal Areas of Pashtunkhwa

Naeem Khan Dawar

The century old British occupation of the Pashtun region greatly affected the secular national culture and society of the Pashtuns. The British Indian rulers created a space for the loyal maliks and Mullahs in order to perpetuate their own rule. After their departure from the Indian sub continent in 1947, the rulers of the Pakistani state did not try to ...

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The Dreams of Light are Chasing my Eyes, Now

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Last month, I had the opportunity to visit Bacha Khan Markaz in Peshawar and meet a number of key Awami National Party (ANP) leaders. ANP is the political legacy of the larger-than-life Bacha Khan Baba—a Pashtun nationalist leader in British India, who rose to prominence for his nonviolence movement—Khudai Khidmatgar. I visited the markaz as a part of an 11-member ...

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No Good Guys can be Wise Guys

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United States Congressman Charles Wilson wistfully exclaims at the end of the movie version of his biography, Charlie Wilson’s War (2007): ‘These things happened, they were great and glorious, But we F–d up the end game’, These words rang in memories of those who know the region and Afghanistan; and the devastation inflicted on this unfortunate corner of the earth ...

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