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June 29, 2013

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William Darlymple is wrong. The conflict in Afghanistan was fuelled and is perpetuated mostly by Pakistan’s policies that have nothing to do with India. These do a good job refuting the Brookings report:

http://pragati.nationalinterest.in/2013/06/a-deadly-line/
http://www.firstpost.com/world/why-us-shouldnt-accept-dalrymples-reading-of-afghan-history-906085.html

Nivedita,

There are many ways to look at this complex conflict, each of which may identify a different set of — and/or assign different relative weights to — contributing factors. For e.g., I think that Dalrymple really downplays the U.S.-Saudi role during the Cold War and its poisonous legacy in the current AfPak mess (which may well be what the folks at Brookings want to hear). A friend noted, fairly I think, that Dalrymple diminishes the role of Afghanistan's non-recognition of the Durand line. One can reasonably argue that he is partly wrong. That said, I think he is also right about a lot of stuff. Here is an analysis of the Dalrymple piece that somewhat counters the ones you posted above. It comes from a "foreign Affairs and Security editor at Centre Right India", so the writer is not exactly Dalrymple's ideological brother either.

http://jaideepprabhu.org/2013/06/26/beware-the-stories-your-friends-tell/

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