What is India's stand on Taliban ruled Afghanistan?

Politics Nov 14, 2021

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The realities in Afghanistan have changed drastically since Taliban’s takeover, which has led to a new wave of tensions around the region. To reaffirm the accord after the pull-out of US and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) troops from the Afghan soil, solutions to the crisis depends on many rounds of talks between the nations, one of which was organized by National Security Advisor of India with its counterparts from Iran, Russia and central Asian countries on 11th November.

Besides discussions on the threat of terrorism springing from Afghanistan, the perils of drug trafficking, refugees and concerns over connectivity projects like Chabahar port,Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, etc. were also laid as the prime agenda of the meet. The talks also highlighted ways of increasing humanitarian assistance and stability in Afghanistan, the security challenges post-Taliban regime and the formation of an inclusive government.

India has witnessed security concerns after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in mid-August. India has been monitoring the growths in Taliban and its politics with ‘understandable concern’.

India, time and again, has made it very clear that the Taliban should not be a  safe haven for terror on its soil, and should promote a new and inclusive administration that protects the rights of minorities, including women and children.

Thus, observing the integrity of the crisis around the region, the meeting organized by Delhi has streamlined the process of truth and justice and also to cast India as a necessary part of the aid dialogues.

India invited only  the geographically vital countries of Central Asia, but China and Pakistan -  an all-weather ally of China, declined the invitation to the dialogue, mentioning “scheduling issues” and “India becoming a clout” respectively as the reasons. However, India reacted to the invitation refusal as “unfortunate, but not surprising” without doubt, reflecting their mindset of  the Taliban as their protectorate.

Through this special dialogue with a practical outlook, New Delhi has made it very clear that there still exist red lines around the actions of the new Taliban in Afghanistan. India, which shares common historical ties with Afghanistan and its people, is ready to stand on behalf of them.

The article was written by Shrawan Deogirkar for Paradigm

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