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“The world changed because of 1979”: Satish Jacob on the Afghan-Soviet War and its relevance today

Satish Jacob was one of the first Indian reporters on the ground in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion of 1979. For over 40 years, Jacob has witnessed history in the making again and again. In this conversation with HNFP, he narrates the story of the 1979 Afghan-Soviet War and how it changed the world. Also below is a brief explainer on the way this war reshaped the world.

The Football World Cup and the New Cold War

The mysterious poisoning of a former Russian double agent has triggered an inevitable cold war which has deleterious effects for a world already breaking up into old-familiar blocs

India’s dietary fascism is regress in the modern world

Legislating and lynching are becoming common in India, while the Supreme Court has rules on the right of privacy which is the cornerstone of any liberal society: it gives some hope both in terms of gay rights and the right to eat what one wants.
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“The world changed because of 1979”: Satish Jacob on the Afghan-Soviet War and its relevance today

Satish Jacob was one of the first Indian reporters on the ground in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion of 1979. For over 40 years, Jacob has witnessed history in the making again and again. In this conversation with HNFP, he narrates the story of the 1979 Afghan-Soviet War and how it changed the world. Also below is a brief explainer on the way this war reshaped the world.

UN Security Council Debates Poisoning of Ex-Spy

The poisoning of Sergei Skripal threatens to throw the world of out balance. Russia wants to establish proof that it had nothing to do with the incident

The Football World Cup and the New Cold War

The mysterious poisoning of a former Russian double agent has triggered an inevitable cold war which has deleterious effects for a world already breaking up into old-familiar blocs
Energy

Macron, Modi inaugurate UP’s biggest solar power plant in Mirzapur

Around 50 persons would be looking after the maintenance of the plant.

Diesel prices at record high, petrol crosses Rs 71/ltr again

Just six months ago, petrol prices in Delhi were Rs 64.19 on July 17, 2017.

Iranian oil tanker burns for third day after collision off China coast

The Sanchi was carrying 136,000 tonnes of condensate, an ultra-light crude oil that becomes highly volatile when exposed to air and water, to South Korea.
World

The Rohingyas resist shift to nowhere island

The future of the million Rohingyas in Bangladesh is uncertain. The government wants the community en masse to be shifted to a floating island in the middle of the Bay of Bengal. What does this mean for the stateless Rohingya? Only time will tell

Is it really the beginning of thaw between India and Pakistan?

Relations between India and Pakistan do not warrant much optimism as so many times things have soured but this time, though, it could be different as the Pakistani army inserts itself in the peace process

Japan’s Bullet Train Troubles with India

One trillion rupee Bullet train project is a causing disquiet in Japan due to costs overrun and Indian government’s haphazard policies claims a Japanese magazine