|Photo: Manisha Sobhrajani|
The landscape of Ladakh is unlike the rest of Jammu & Kashmir. Stark naked, brown mountains, with various shades of purple and almost no green, it gives the impression of very unwelcoming terrain – at least until one gets used to it. In the early morning of 6 August 2010, Ladakh was hit by a cloudburst, leading to devastating flash floods that, over the course of a mere half-hour, washed away much of Leh and the adjoining villages. Such calamities take place regularly in many parts of the world, of course, but Ladakh is a land that, typically, does not receive much rainfall. In any event, the machinery of the local administration proved completely unprepared for the disaster.
Romila Thapar addresses invitees at the
Southasian relaunch of Himal Southasian,
IIC, New Delhi, January 2013.
flickr / The US Army
On 1 December 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai accused the US of cutting fuel supplies to Afghan security forces. Despite US pressure, Karzai continues to stall the signing of a Bilateral Security Agreement.
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