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  • Afghanistan: India should keep a low profile for the present

    India must stay engaged, keep a low profile, earn the goodwill of the Afghan people through its multifaceted assistance programme, and stay away from any costly misadventure in the security sector.

    October 18, 2010

    Af-Pak and India's Options in Afghanistan

    By offering to augment its $1.3 billion assistance to Afghanistan, India has sent out a clear signal that it remains a player in the beleaguered nation's reconstruction process. India will not be deterred by the efforts of Pakistan and a section of the world community to isolate it. The offer was made during President Hamid Karzai's brief visit to New Delhi, on April 26–27, 2010. The timing was significant. Karzai was flying further east to Thimphu, Bhutan, to attend the 16th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). The Indian prime minister, Dr.

    September 2010

    Sanket Telang asked: Shouldn't India send Troops to Afghanistan as it is strategically most important country to India? Won't it Increase our Leverage?

    Vishal Chandra replies: No. India has a very clear and a well-stated position on this issue. Time and again, relevant Indian authorities have made it amply clear that India does not have any intention or plans to deploy troops in Afghanistan. It is to be understood that deployment of troops in a neighbouring country has its own dynamics and is not without local and regional repercussions. Presence of Indian troops on Afghan soil would be a rallying point for forces inimical to the Indian presence in Afghanistan, especially for the Pakistan-based and backed militant Islamist groups. Moreover, India’s assistance to Afghanistan is fully in accordance with the will and wishes of the people of that country. India’s contribution to capacity building and human resource development is very much appreciated by the Afghan people. As a friendly neighbouring country, India is expected to take a long-term view of its relationship with the Afghan people.

    The London Conference: It is time for India to reassess its Afghan Policy

    This is a good time for India to review its Afghan strategy taking into account increasing war weariness of the Western forces and President Karzai’s policy of reintegrating the ‘good Taliban’.

    February 01, 2010

    India’s Afghan Policy Requires Rethinking

    Stability in Afghanistan is vital and the stakes for India are high, but the time is over for sitting on the fence. India requires a larger strategic vision, not a blueprint for town and country planning.

    October 19, 2009

    Should India Continue Its Present Course in Afghanistan?

    The July 7 gruesome attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul, which resulted in the loss of over 40 lives including those of two senior diplomats, is clearly a high value symbolic attack directed at coercing India into scaling down its growing presence in rebuilding war ravaged Afghanistan. It is a clear reminder, following as it does a series of low and small scale attacks on Indians in previous months and years, that the Indian presence is continuing to hamper the interests of Pakistan which is bent upon regaining its lost ‘strategic depth’ in that country.

    July 09, 2008

    Import of Afghan President's Visit to India

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai's four-day state visit to India from April 9-12, 2006 was the fourth since he was appointed Chairman of the Afghan interim administration in December 2001. His visit assumes significance in the backdrop of heightened violence in Afghanistan, the inclusion of Afghanistan in SAARC with India's facilitation, the recent political row between Afghanistan and Pakistan over the issue of cross-border terrorism, and the March 2006 visit of President Bush to the Subcontinent.

    April 26, 2006

    The Afghan Elections and the Bonn Process: Assessing India's Options

    The thrice postponed Afghan parliamentary and provincial council elections are finally over. But, is the Bonn-mandated political process over? With the US intent on cutting down its troop levels in Afghanistan this year, is the ‘war on terror’ in Afghanistan also over? It is being said that the Bonn process has concluded with the September 18, 2005 elections. If so, then it is pertinent to examine the end-result of the four-year political process and the recently concluded elections.

    October 2005