16 August 2010: With prime minister Manmohan Singh busy trying to make a success of the Commonwealth Games (CWG), he may not have the time or the inclination closely to follow developments in Afghanistan, over which a war has broken out in the Barack Obama administration. It is more likely than ever that the Al-Qaeda/ Taliban will overrun Afghanistan before opposition in the form of Northern Alliance-2 establishes itself. The impact of all this on Kashmir is well-known but needs reiteration especially since the Centre against common wisdom is persisting with the manifestly failed Omar Abdullah who has a still more disastrous adviser in the person of his father, Farooq.