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A revised strategy in the subcontinent

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13.01.2018

Can India’s efforts against Pakistan in Afghanistan obtain the desired results

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, once remarked that India provides ‘emotional strategic depth’ to the Afghan people. After 9/11, India has found its lost ground in Afghanistan and since then, bringing stability to Afghanistan and facilitating its construction have been two of the core foci of Indian foreign policy.

It would be naive to assume that this colossal Indian involvement in Afghanistan simply stems from its aspiration to advance their security and stability of the state.

India regards Afghanistan as vital in its security calculus. First, India aims to foil the emergence of any brand of a radical regime in Afghanistan. Moreover, India looks to limit Pakistan’s influence and aspires to keep its newly acquired strategic mileage in Afghanistan. Chiefly, India’s main concern is that no regime ‘emerges in Afghanistan that is fundamentally hostile towards India’.

Second, India also views the stability of Afghanistan in its interests through the Kashmir-tinted lens: Afghanistan, during the Taliban regime, had served as a launching pad for training and sending Islamic militants into Kashmir. Moreover, the geographical significance of Afghanistan is imperative for India’s vital interests as Afghanistan is a gateway for enhancing energy and economic collaboration between South and Central Asia. India wishes to maintain good relations with Afghanistan in order to advance........

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