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Karzai skates on thin ice- M K Bhadrakumar

Posted by admin On November - 21 - 2011

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has seriously dented the credibility of one of the noblest institutions of his country’s history and culture. A large number of Afghans today would hope that the institution of the loya jirga (grand tribal assembly) survives Karzai’s presidency.

There are very few Afghan institutions remaining after the systematic vandalization of society and its native traditions through the past three decades of civil war, foreign interference and blood-soaked chaos.

Loya jirgas are called rarely – fewer than 20 have been held in the past 300 years of Afghan history. And they were probably never called to sanctify the bonding of an Afghan ruler with a foreign power. Karzai has violated a sacrosanct tradition. There could be

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