No matter how naive our thinking is, we all can’t help ourselves but imagine what India will do with Afghanistan’s trouble. Isn’t that the big question? Should we recognise the Taliban government or support Northern Alliance rebels. What is to be done?
India-Afghan relations saw this advent in the British era where we concluded treaties with the rulers of the region, but soon after the Soviet invasion in 1979, we saw the shrinking space of India’s influence over Afghanistan. This gave other nations a chance to enter the troubled waters, thus giving rise to the dreaded entity Taliban or Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
Not repeating the same and cliched facts about Taliban rule, let’s analyse what can be India’s stand in the current tussle. Well, there are few options that India can pick out.
But the main concern in all this point is: What Do Afghanis Want?
Do Afghanis want a rule by the local Talibanis, some foreign entity or just a government that respects their dignity and provides them with full civil, human and political rights?
As India has always furnished the idea of “Afghan-led development process that respect its people’s rights and plan for an inclusive and a responsible government“, we should engage all the stakeholders of this equation and come with an all-inclusive response.
Therefore, blindly supporting Talibani or the Northern Alliance is out of the question. Instead, what matters is the one who claims to rule by law, follow the democratic spirit and provide its people with a roadmap for a “New Afghanistan”.