A Man and a Motorcycle, How Hamid Karzai Came to Power: Bette Dam
A book titled A Man and A Motorcycle, How Hamid Karzai Came to Power written by Bette Dam was launched in September 2014. Bette Dam is a Dutch journalist based in Afghanistan.
The book reveals about the life of former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and his journey towards the highest office of the land and the situation in Afghanistan.
In the book, Dam writes that Karzai was under a lot of pressure from the west as well as key domestic players; however, he was more in touch with the internal figures than the west.
Contrary to the belief that Karzai was a puppet of west who wanted to bring in western style of democracy, she has concluded in the book that President Karzai had his own special ways and strategies of handling various situations. He was much more like an Afghan from Kandahar and was very experienced.
Further she reveals that Afghanistan is not like other strife-torn countries like Iraq. The life in Afghanistan is 99 percent normal though one would not know about this.
Through her book, written after a two years of extensive research, Damn tells that the biggest challenge that would be faced by the new government headed by Ashraf Ghani will be tackling corruption as 99 percent people do not trust the government. She believes that the new government will help bring peace and stability in the country.
When: September 2014
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