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Saturday 1 January 2011

A very happy New Year to all visitors to Broadsword!

From my recent trip to Kabul: a photograph of my wife and I at Babur's renovated mausoleum. In the photo below, you can see the grave in the shadows.


  1. U could have bought from dried fruits and afghan clothing. Atleast u could have put up pictures of Kabul's market. The parliament built with Indian assistance.

    Anyway,"Happy new year. Hope u get a better patron than LM"

  2. Happy New Year Colonel

  3. Thank you Mr. Shukla, and wish you and your family the same too.

  4. A very happy New Year to You...

  5. Happy New Year.

  6. Hi Ajai,
    Is this True, the Great King Prithviraj Chauhan's grave exist in Afghanistan & do this Afghans descrate it every day as a sign of anger, for killing Ghauri.

  7. Wish you a Happy Gregorian New Year 2011! Looking forward to more interesting articles...articles which make the broader populace (?leaders as well) think why don't Army Aviation have well proven Attack choppers like the Cobra/Tiger/Apache? Why can't India have SAFER Jet Trainers avoiding talented pilot attrition for decades?? Whats holding the IA from sending LRRPs sabotaging chinese and pakistani border defence infrastructure - equipment?? Why does India get bullied into paying what the Russians demand - Gorshkov or PAKFA??

    Is 2011 similar to 1962? Are we gonna be stabbed from THREE (instead of ONE) Front(s)??

  8. Thank You wish you the same :)

  9. Hello Sir, Happy New Year to you, reading your Blog is now bordering on obsession, fantastic picture of both of you together!

  10. Happy New year to you and your family too!

  11. Happy New Year!!

    I wish u a Great year ahead full of excitement,fulfillment!!

  12. Colonel jee.. Happy new year...

  13. Col Shukla,
    I suggest you should try and indulge yourself with some of the pashtoon intelectuals (Durranis at least) to see if they have ay memories of their Sanatan past. As per the chain they are descendents of Suryavanshi Rajputs and converted post one of their ancestor (King) went to Mecca around 750Ad (Caroe- Pathans).

    What are the Pashtoons in denial of their Buddhist past too ?

    Good time to indulge I guess in some great food.


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