Mir Zafar usurped the throne of Bengal by paying ostentatious amounts of money to the Company and its higher officials. He allowed them tax-free trade in Bengal and commerce-grandeur. Eventually, the British seized all military, administrative and political powers, reducing Zafar to a mere marionette. Unbridled power made them arrogant, exploitative. Mir Zafar was irked and he conspired with the Dutch to curb the British domination. Lord Clive defeated the Dutch at the battle of Bidara and Zafar was dethroned in a bloodless coup, placing Mir Kasim on the throne of Bengal.
Now, in another context and in a completely different era, we see the President of Afghanistan, Mr.Hamid Karzai, declaring synonymous event-versus, profoundly relative to the Bengal puppet show of the 1750’s and 60’s. In a speech, Mr Karzai accused the west and the United Nations of orchestrating massive electoral fraud to undermine his administration and run a “puppet” government.
Ahmadinejad said terrorists are not best fought on the battlefield, but through the use of intelligence, which does not result in the death of troops or civilians. He criticized foreign forces and how much money the U.S. and other nations were spending on troops – money that he said would have been better spent on irrigation and other developmental projects. “Your country is located on the other side of the world so what are you doing here?” Ahmadinejad asked rhetorically of the U.S. Defense chief’s presence in Afghanistan.
The pseudo and pretentious concerned thoughts of the philanthropist of philanthropists, will make you visualize some very charitable facades of the Power of the West. Karzai and his repeated blames are blasphemous according to their book of evangelism. Karzai’s outburst will reignite frustration in western capitals over the lack of progress he has made in enacting reforms agreed at a conference in London in January that was supposed to herald a new era of co-operation. Mr Karzai has deflected western pressure to confront the corruption fuelling the insurgency by denying there is a problem. Instead of embracing electoral reform, he is seeking to seize control of the watchdog that uncovered widespread fraud in August’s presidential polls. This is how the paper dove without an olive branch would put it together. No?
Aren’t we living in a world of fools, or more precisely, living in the world manoeuvred by few notable pranksters? On one hand we have Mr.Hyde singing Martin Luther King Jr and attending to the bloody grooves of the globe and on the other hand we have Dr.Jekyll, making slices and sub-slices of the varied terrorist groups….the good, the bad….the bad and the more bad. Now it’s Karzai who is bravely and not so bravely playing the declare-retract-declare whimsical game and very inevitably is being thwarted with all the blame. History actually repeats itself mademoiselles and monsieurs. India then, Afghan now. No big deal? Yes, big deal!