A year after the Taliban returned to power in Kabul , The Indian Express travelled to Afghanistan to report on what has changed on the ground since the time they were last in power, what's on their minds and that of the Afghan people, and where India and China stand in the country today — and for the foreseeable future. Also Read | Hamid Karzai: 'After Taliban takeover, I told Indian envoy not to leave… glad they coming back' 1. A year after taking over, how is it going for Taliban? The first time the Taliban took Kabul, in 1996, Afghanistan was in ruins, much of its infrastructure destroyed by a raging civil war over the previous years. Over the last two decades, foreign powers including India helped rebuild roads, dams, government offices, hospitals, rural infrastructure, the economy, and education. In 2021, the Taliban took over a readymade country. But administering a nation of 32 million requires capacity and finances. And the Taliban are short on both. Many wealthy people, and those of the middle class with means and education, including civil servants, have fled the country, not wishing to be part of the Taliban regime. The international community has… Read full this story
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