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Endgame in Afghanistan For Whom the Dice Rolls covers a wide territory related to the war in Afghanistan, the stakes the whole world and not just the United States has in it, and its possible outcome. It shows that it is not merely a war for the future of Afghanistan, but a conflict between the regressive worldview of the Taliban and al Qaeda and modernity.
The book examines the consequences of an American exit from Afghanistan under circumstances indicating a defeat; the ability of the Karzai government or its successor to hold its own thereafter; and the regional and global geo-strategic consequences, including those on Pakistan, of a Talibanal Qaeda takeover of Afghanistan. It also explores the possibility of the United States arriving at a peace settlement with the Taliban as well as that of the Americans winning the Afghan war.
Taking an analytical multi-disciplinary approach, coupled with meticulous research, this book focuses on areas hitherto neglected. Linking known but scattered information in entirely new and cohesive analyses, the author presents the kind of comprehensive picture of the Afghan war and its consequences that no other book has done.
About the Author
Hiranmay Karlekar, a distinguished Indian journalist, is Consultant Editor of the Pioneer where he writes under his byline in the editorial page every alternate Saturday and the op-ed page every alternate Thursday. Over the past decade-and-a-half, one of his main concerns has been the war in Afghanistan and its possible consequences for the region and the world. He has written extensively on the subject.
A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard (class of 1967), Mr Karlekar, in his career in journalism spanning nearly five decades, has been Editor of the Hindustan Times, Deputy Editor of the Indian Express and an Assistant Editor of the Statesman in Delhi and Kolkata and the erstwhile Hindusthan Standard in Kolkata. Starting his career in journalism as a Staff Reporter in Ananda Bazar Patrika in 1963, he has also been an Associate Editor of another Bengali newspaper from the same city, Aajkaal.
Apart from his journalistic writings, Mr Karlekar has written three books in English--Savage Humans and Stray Dogs: A Study in Aggression (SAGE 2008), Bangladesh: The Next Afghanistan? (SAGE 2006) and In the Mirror of Mandal: Social Justice, Caste, Class and the Individual (1992). He has edited--and contributed two chapters to--Independent India: The First Fifty Years (1998), an anthology of essays published to mark 50 years of India's independence. He is also author of two novels in Bengali, Bhabishyater Ateet (1994) and Meherunnisa (1995).
A member of the Press Council of India in two stints during 1978-80 and 2004-07, Mr Karlekar has also been a General Secretary of the Editors Guild of India, a member of the board of directors of the Press Trust of India, one of India's two national news agencies, and a nominee of the Editors' Guild to the Government of India's Central Press Accreditation Committee.
A former member of the Animal Welfare Board of India, Mr Karlekar is actively involved in India's animal rights movement. He is also a keen photographer.