Comments on: What Afghanistan’s vote means for India http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/08/21/what-afghanistans-vote-means-for-india/ Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Welingkar http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/08/21/what-afghanistans-vote-means-for-india/comment-page-1/#comment-10216 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 12:33:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1823#comment-10216 Of course, India wants a stable Afghanistan, without the Taliban, that brings peace and stability to the Afghans. They have been unwitting victims of Pakistan, the Soviet Union and America’s geo-political game. Strangely each one with a radically different ideology from the other, drove the country to ruin. Some people, especially within Pakistan, might feel India is contnuing where they left off, but that is certainly not true. It is important that the world supports the people of Afghanistan in developing her internal systems so that it emerges as a strongly democratic country. This is as important as defeating, or nullifying the Taliban’s presence.

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By: Aman http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/08/21/what-afghanistans-vote-means-for-india/comment-page-1/#comment-9205 Tue, 25 Aug 2009 04:40:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1823#comment-9205 It is only when you get involved in others’ affairs that you get burned.
India shoul simply not interfere in Afghanistan.
This doesn’t mean it should stop the aid work. That is important to have good relations with neighbours.
But the internal politics is for the country to decide.
If Karzai does bring the Taliban to negotiating table, then maybe India too can negotiate with it. Who knows?? Maybe karzai himself might help in that.
If Abdullah wins then there is no probs for India.
In any case, internal politics of Afghanistan is for Afghanis to decide not us.

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By: North Pacific Observer http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/08/21/what-afghanistans-vote-means-for-india/comment-page-1/#comment-9202 Mon, 24 Aug 2009 23:32:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1823#comment-9202 more fear mongering… c’mon India, show some leadership is south and south west Asia

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By: Virendra http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/08/21/what-afghanistans-vote-means-for-india/comment-page-1/#comment-9182 Mon, 24 Aug 2009 10:02:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1823#comment-9182 Neighbour of the neighbour is also of much relevance in many ways. Perhaps the best way to foster deep rooted relations with Afghans is already worked upon by the government. Providing a decent infrastructure to launch a soci-economic cycle which spans the maximum possible of Afghan society. That is the only approach which will go long far in taking Afghans away from Stone age Taliban and “God knows what” sort of interests of other super powers in this war torn state. Once a single generation of Afghans sees/lives life outside of gun culture’s shodow they will never let themselves pulled back into past.

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By: Big Daddy http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/08/21/what-afghanistans-vote-means-for-india/comment-page-1/#comment-9160 Sat, 22 Aug 2009 23:08:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1823#comment-9160 India should open military bases in Afghanistan to help Afghanistan, US, NATO and keep an eye on Taliban, Pakistan, China.

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By: sridhar velusamy http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/08/21/what-afghanistans-vote-means-for-india/comment-page-1/#comment-9140 Sat, 22 Aug 2009 08:34:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1823#comment-9140 India has many troubled neighbhours if Afghanistan adds too it will be a serious headache for india and it is for indian diplomats to workhard to persuade karzi from moving towards Pakistan.

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By: Rav http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/08/21/what-afghanistans-vote-means-for-india/comment-page-1/#comment-9137 Sat, 22 Aug 2009 05:58:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1823#comment-9137 Nepal and Sri Lanka are relatively more prosperous countries than Afghanistan. If Nepal and Sri Lanka get billions of Indian aid, Afghanistan deserves a lot more Indian aid.

While US and EU are contributing to security, India should contribute to economic security. India should open IITs, IIMs, call centers, IT development centers in Afghanistan. Brings thousands of Afghan youths to Indian universities and train, educate them. New generation Afghans should be moved away from Talibans. India should finance 5-10 divisions of Afghan army for 5-10 years, till Afghanistan develops financial and industrial base.

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By: rajeev http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/08/21/what-afghanistans-vote-means-for-india/comment-page-1/#comment-9133 Fri, 21 Aug 2009 21:24:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1823#comment-9133 Either Karzai or Abdullah is fine for India. Karzai is shopping for negotiating with Taliban for his survival is of lesser interest to India. It also depends which Taliban which Taliban leaders he is talking about. I guess Mullah Omar, who ruled Afghanistan before 9/11 and ex-Pakistan ISI (Mis)chief Hamid Gul claims can be brought to the negotiating table. Then Karzai is of lesser interest to India than Abdullah who is anti-Taliban guy (Northern alliance with which India has better relations too I guess).

From Pak POV, neither candisate is OK–Karzai is slightly better for them but that depedns upon if uses Pakistan’s favorite Taliban (Mullah Omar) card.

India wishes Afghanistan all the best and hopefully country gets on track through positive power play, not through submission to Taliban.

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By: Patrick http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/08/21/what-afghanistans-vote-means-for-india/comment-page-1/#comment-9129 Fri, 21 Aug 2009 16:52:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=1823#comment-9129 Congratulations to Afghans for the return of democracy!

India always wants a stable, prosperous, progressive, democratic, secular and independent Afghanistan and Pakistan. Nobody wants to see the cave age, opressive Taliban back in power. And India is willing to contribute any kind of aid to see this happen.

US, EU and world want the same thing. So India’s expectations are nothing new or unique.

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