Wait-and-watch policy may prove too costly

News Today 17.09.2021

The Taliban’s return to power is a body blow to Indian interests in Afghanistan and a major diplomatic set back. India was too late in reaching out to Taliban to secure its interests. India sees the Taliban as a proxy of its arch-rival Pakistan given its proximity to the ISI and had maintained close ties with the Northern Alliance. While Russia is a close historical partner for India, Moscow has recently looked to Pakistan to help safeguard its interests in Afghanistan, reducing the prospects for closer collaborations with India. That leaves Iran as India’s most important ally in Afghanistan. (Read More)

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