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Afghanistan: Towards a Viable State

Arpita Basu Roy (Author)
Synopsis The tragedy of the Afghan situation lies in the fact that both external as well as internal forces have hampered its progress towards a viable state. The peculiarities of the Afghan society and the natural dichotomy between the state and society have impeded the process of modernization and centralization. The three regimes of Amir. Abdur Rehman Khan (1880-1901), Amir Amanullah (1921-29) and the communists (1978-92) which tried to reform Afghanistan considerably failed or at best succeeded only partially. The Taliban regime (1996-2001) also lacked the vision to take Afghanistan on a path of progress towards reform and modernism. The twin challenges before Afghanistan today are reconstruction of its economy and democratization of its polity. Whether the local institutions of governance like the jirgah and the shura can be integrated into the national political institutions calls for a serious examination. Making a historical analysis of the internal weaknesses and external disturbances marking Afghanistan's unstable past, the study tries to prognosticate Afghanistan's prospects for a stable future.
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About the author

Arpita Basu Roy

Arpita Basu Roy is a Project Fellow at the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institue of Asian Studies, Kolkata. She has been engaged in active research on various issues relating to Afghanistan and has contributed several scholarly research papers and articles on the subject. She has represented the Institute at various international and national seminars and conferences held in India and abroad.

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Title Afghanistan: Towards a Viable State
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178710153
length 208p., Annexures; Notes; Tables; Appendices; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.