The oligarchs of Islamabad and Kathmandu

Nepal has been following the authoritarian lead of Pakistan since the 1960s. It is time to stop doing so.

Animals are shell-shocked

The bush is on fire

Vegetables can't even run away

Where is the switch for this inferno?

—From the Hindi poem, 'Switch',

by Ashtabhuja Shukla

The Puppeteers of 'president' Hamid Karzai in Kabul must have heaved a huge sigh of relief. The resurgence of the Islamic right has somehow been checked for the moment in Islamabad. General Musharraf, the self-appointed president of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, too has finally managed to find a puppet to play his executive role.

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