- Feb 16, 2009
india and its presence in afganistan all discussions here.
I second you on that, Yusuf. I think that increased Indian military presence in Afghanistan would be a two-sided advantage. Since Indian military is known for not interfering with the local culture and that Afghans share a lot of common cultural material with us, we would not have so much of a trouble as the US military in adjusting to Afghan conditions. This of course would be done with Afghan government's permission.Im of the opinion that A-stan serves us a big strategic value. It keeps Pakistan on the boil from two sides. India should station its troops out there even if they are doing nothing but playing Budkushi. Just the mere presence of Indian troops in A-stan will give Pak sleepless nights. They as it is have a problem with the number of consulates we operate there as well as the Tajik Airbase that IAF operates with MiG 29s.
Sir,It is not a problem to have a military presence in Afghanistan.
In fact, it would be in India's interest to do so since Afghanistan has had very cordial relations with India except during the Taliban/ Mujahideen rule, when it was a Pakistani surrogate.
However, the main issue is - how will India logistically support the force. While the facility to use the airbase in CAR is always there, yet to support a huge military presence by air is exorbitantly expensive and which India can ill afford.
The only feasible route is thorough the Chabahar port in Iran, which India has helped build and then to Afghanistan through the Chabahar-Melak-Zaranj-Dilaram road.
For this to happen, Iran has to be brought on board in this war against the Taliban.
That India has immense expertise in Counter Insurgency or anti terrorist or High Altitude operations and which is unmatched by the western nations is a known fact. That is why, they train at our Schools of Instructions on these subjects.Sir,
Would the US/NATO allow too much Indian influence in Afghanistan in their efforts to establish a sovereign, non-reliant government ?
Stabilization of South Asia is one of the major components of Mr. Obama's policies, and our encirclement of Pakistan will not quite be stabilizing.
IMO too, its a great option to make friends with the Afghans, but I see too many hurdles in the way.
Exactly !That India has immense expertise in Counter Insurgency or anti terrorist or High Altitude operations and which is unmatched by the western nations is a known fact. That is why, they train at our Schools of Instructions on these subjects.
The US and ISAF are at their tethers ends.
Further, if India takes over a major share of the operations, it save them body bags and hence appear good domestically.
Thus, involving India is a win win for them!
Having stabilised Afghanistan, they will say thank you to India and India sent on her way!
Therefore, before India even thinks of going into Afghanistan, the ground rules at the end of the tunnel must be laid down in black and white and we should not go into Afghanistan merely to save the western body bags.
Pakistan is close to anarchy. It is a major worry for the US because if the Taliban and the fundamentalists take over a major part of Pakistan or make the elected govt moribund, then the worries and woes for the western world will be much greater than if Pakistan feels uncomfortable with India on both flanks!
Catch 22 for all concerned!
yang India is going more than a ally of USA into Afghanistan if you look at Indian history we have the same history and they are more or less the same people, India has been a bigger benefactor to Afghanistan than any one else in the world. If you go further back in history there was no Afganistan it was part of the Indian continent.
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