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Dark cloudy skies surround the Kremlin.

It was December 5th, 1989, a calm normal day in the East German city of Dresden. Barely four weeks ago on 9th November, the Berlin Wall, infamously known as the Iron Curtain was demolished by the German people. The atmosphere was still euphoric, and protestors' ambition knew no bounds. Until a year ago, the secret police agency of the German Democratic Republic, officially known as the Stasi was one of the most hated and feared institutions. And now it lay siege to the frenzied mob.

The Stasi headquarters were combed thoroughly by the unruly mob, ransacking all the secret archives and freeing political prisoners. All this was happening right in the backyard of the KGB outpost in Dresden. Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Putin was on the fringes, watching the mob closely. A new officer Major General Vladimir Shirokov had replaced the previous one, earlier that year. He was not present at the outpost, leaving Putin as the senior-most in line of command.

A fraction of the unruly mob broke from the main demonstration and turned outside the KGB outpost. A sole security guard posted outside, scrambled inside to inform Lieutenant Colonel Putin about the unruly mob. Being the only one in charge, he ordered the guards to ready for an assault and dialled the Soviet Military Command in Dresden for additional military reinforcements.

An officer on duty told him he could do nothing because "There were no orders from Moscow."Albeit he promised to inquire through other channels. When the officer did not call back, Putin called again and prodded him for an answer. The officer replied, "Moscow is Silent ".

A mosiac of Vladimir Lenin.Photo by Soviet Artefacts on Unsplash.

This single phrase hit Vladimir Putin like a freight train. It was one of the formative moments in his lifetime. And he realized the whole country was no more. Recalling the bitterness still raw years later, he said "It became clear that the Soviet Union was ailing. It was a deadly, incurable disease called paralysis — a paralysis of power." He could imagine the end of his career, and altogether his life.

With the mob getting unruly by the hour and with no reinforcements on the way, it was in this nadir that Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin donned his KGB uniform and went outside to confront the mob himself. Before venturing out he had ordered his staff to burn all the classified documents in the furnace, which they duly obeyed until the furnace broke.

Eye-witness accounts of the event, tell that once the guard ran inside, a short officer emerged from the main door, walked a few steps, and approached the people. He did not speak initially but was calm and composed in his demeanour.

"This house is strictly guarded. My soldiers have weapons. And I gave them orders: if anyone enters the compound they open fire." He spoke in fluent German, astounding the mob.

He then turned his back on the mob and calmly walked back into the house. The crowd murmured amongst themselves and left. They had already toppled the Stasi but toppling the KGB was for another day. A few hours later, the Soviet Military Command in Dresden received orders from Moscow and sent in reinforcements, only now they were not needed.

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, calmly with a stoic determination avoided a security fiasco for the KGB. He avoided any kind of intelligence failure all without any bloodshed. And yet there was no official recognition of his actions, that night. No commendations, medals or accolades whatsoever. Moscow is Silent, that single phrase haunted him for years afterwards.

A statue of Lenin in front of the Central Pavilion at the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNKh), later known as the All-Russia Exhibition Centre, in Moscow's Ostankinsky District, 1988.Photo by Steve Harvey on Unsplash.

Analysts, sceptics all agree that Vladimir Putin is deeply motivated to restore Russia's might at par with the former Soviet Union. He has a great ardour for the former Soviet Union. It is quoted that Putin once famously said, " Anyone who doesn't regret the passing of the Soviet Union has no heart. Anyone who wants it restored has no brains. " Putin is smart enough to understand that restoring the former Soviet Union is an unviable option. Instead, building a stronger, reliant Russia is feasible.

Moreover, he has assumed a role of a messiah in Russia. He believes he has been chosen to resurrect Russia from the ashes of the Cold War and recast itself as a global superpower. The humiliating trounce of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, the subsequential fall of the Berlin Wall, and the tragic collapse of The Soviet Union all made a deep lasting impact on Russian society.

The flexing of Russia's military muscle under Vladimir Putin is seen as the revival of Russia might by ordinary Russians. It is not surprising that amidst the ongoing turmoil in Afghanistan, Russia has decided not to vacate its embassy in Kabul. Global policy analysts are clueless in terms of deciphering Russia's new stratagem in Afghanistan. On a concluding note, one can surely state that Vladimir Putin is going to avenge the lost Soviet pride in Afghanistan.


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Books that you can read in 2022.

Reading allows you to gain a deeper understanding of the world around you, stimulating your creativity and keeping your mind engaged.

A list of new releases published by Aleph:

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Many causes, including technology, climate change, demographics, and inequality, will cause our planet to change more in this century than in all of human history. Extreme change is offering unparalleled opportunities for individuals, companies, and society, as well as a 'adaptive challenge.' Those who can adapt to a fast-paced, complex, dynamic, and unpredictably changing world will prosper. Those who are unable to do so will suffer immensely.

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There are obvious signals that we need new ways of thinking about the world and our place in it all over the place. Our old ways of thinking about education, lifestyle, success, and happiness are no longer valid. What are the changes in the workplace? When future jobs are still being invented, how can you know what talents will be useful? Will 'jobs' even exist in the future, or will we be relegated to a world of projects and freelance work? What do you do with all of this and more?

What the Heck Do I Do With My Life? is a book on figuring out what you want to do with your life. Ravi Venkatesan argues that effective adaptation in the twenty-first century necessitates a "paradigm shift," a new attitude, new talents, and new techniques. Ravi also considers how, rather than drifting along like a piece of driftwood, we will need to live life more consciously, making deliberate decisions about who we are, what we do, and how we live.

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Neeraj Chopra: From Panipat to The Podium

On the night of August 7, 2021, a billion Indians' long-held desire came true as Neeraj Chopra won gold in the javelin in the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The wait, on the other hand, had been extremely long. In reality, this is India's first individual gold medal in athletics since the modern Olympic Games began. The entire country showered him with affection when he did it in his signature flair and smile. The media went crazy, and the youth discovered a new source of inspiration. People flocked to get their photos taken with him, and businesses discovered a new wonder-ambassador. Neeraj Chopra: I'm Neeraj Chopra, and I'm From Panipat to the Podium begins in a small village in Panipat and tells the story of his formative years, which were marked by restricted resources and opportunities. It takes readers through his journey to Panchkula and then to the national camp in his quest to conquer the world.

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It's A Wonderful World: A Memoir

His book is a provocative read that makes us wish we had a life like his. Khalid Ansari's life has been an exciting and purposeful journey in service to his fellow human beings, beginning with his birth in Mumbai's impoverished Madanpura to a father who began his life as an orphan and a mother from a poor household. Ansari has attempted to depict some highlights of a splendored life that he has been lucky to experience, catching stars while chasing rainbows in this 'donkey's tale'. It's been la vie en rose for him, from founding newspapers and magazines to representing his country at the United Nations, accompanying dignitaries on state visits, covering cricket Test matches, nine Olympics, Commonwealth and Asian Games, travelling the world, and being awarded the Padma Shri award. The author has worked hard to keep this narrative from devolving into a 'I-did-this-did-that' pat-on-the-back, shabash!' By 'spicing' it up with dollops of frothy stories and self-critical bon mots, he has attempted a discourse on the meaning of life, the 'right path,' and the like, even as he has attempted a discourse on the purpose of life, the 'right route,' and the like.

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