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How US not tied in Afghanistan could help India deal with Pakistan better

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.

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A US not tied in Afghanistan only helps India deal with Pakistan problem better

The recent developments in Afghanistan illustrates New Delhi’s lack of much influence in Afghanistan. Now, there is a need for India to show singularity of purpose and, equally, determination and guts, to play the way Rawalpindi has, to rectify some of India’s geographical disadvantages in the region, writes Rajesh Rajagopalan.

Why Indians can’t get over Turkish series ‘Resurrection: Ertuğrul’, two years after it ended

Indians of all ages, and from across the country, have discovered the Turkish fictional drama Resurrection: Ertuğrul, which is helmed by popular actor Engin Altan Duzyatan who told Paramita Ghosh that he “is happy to have fans in India”.

Pakistan has a grocery list for Taliban – free Kashmir, flag on Lal Quila, maybe even pudina

While the Pakistan government waits for the world’s verdict on the new Kabul regime, there are those who are eager and want Pakistan to recognise the Taliban as soon as possible. Many are even telling the world about 21st century Taliban that is transformed, decent, mature, chastened and restrained, writes Naila Inayat.

CRPF constable in Army uniform held with over 1,000 suspicious photos in Assam

A 28-year-old CRPF constable and a woman were detained in Assam’s Kolia Bhomora Bridge allegedly with a fake Army canteen card; over 1,000 photographs of him in Army uniform, including some in front of Army installations across the country; contact numbers of Army units and forged documents related to the forces, reports Myithili Hazarika.

From Paharganj to Vivek Vihar, Sikh leaders in Delhi are renaming themselves to stand out

Sikh leaders in Delhi are appending the names of their neighbourhoods with their real names in a bid to be different from others, writes Vivek Shukla.

Women in govt? Haha, say Taliban members in viral video from Vice documentary

A viral snippet from a documentary by Vice showed Taliban militants laughing when asked if people will be allowed to vote in women politicians, raising fears about women’s rights under the Taliban’s regime, reports Tenzin Zompa.

Kabul shows up Biden as a sheep in sheep’s clothing. Allies Europe, India & Quad are watching

Any which way the Joe Biden Administration sees it, it has led the US to its most humiliating defeat in Afghanistan. While it may not not hurt Biden’s voters at home too much, it will greatly hurt American self-image of power as all US allies, including India, have been jolted, writes Shekhar Gupta in ‘National Interest’.

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