Author: Happymon Jacob
ISBN/UPC (if available): 81-87374-43-8
The Taliban were god-like figures for a war-torn country's war-weary people. They promised to rid the country of anarchy, lawlessness and disintegration and thus earned the support of Afghans. The Talibans were defeated, or so we were told, by the Americans when the Frankenstein came back to haunt them. The Taliban were consigned to the dustbin history, or so we thought, when Hamid Karzai was anointed as the newest ruler in Kabul.
However, if lessons of history, cannons of geo-strategy and reports from Afghanistan are anything to go by, Taliban were not done away with, not by default or by design. The author rejects the widely-believed argument that the Taliban movement has been defeated once for all.
The author claims that the endgame in Afghanistan is likely to be an eventual induction of the Taliban elements into the Afghan government by way of a consensus reached among Pakistan, the US and Karzai. However, in the course of time such a status-quo is unlikely to ensure. Pakistan's internal and geo-strategic compulsions will prompt it to advocate for more and more space for the Taliban in the Afghan government.
In short, this study is an in-depth analysis of the reasion d'etre of the rise, fall and resurgence of the Taliban.