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USA is urging India to talk to Taliban but India non-committal on talk...

  Jun 13, 2020

USA is urging India to talk to Taliban but India non-committal on talks. What could be the reasons behind India’s reluctance?

  1. India has it’s own perspectives on Afghanistan, and it’s traditional and neighbourly ties with the people of Afghanistan will continue to guide it's Afghanistan policy.
  2. However the USA favours India-Taliban talks given India’s regional and global position. 
  3. It says that India is an important force in Afghanistan and it would be appropriate that India-Taliban engagement to take place.
  4. India’s reluctance has many reasons. Talks with Taliban would give primacy to a terrorist organisation and give boost to other such groups.
  5. This also signals weakness of the state actors in front of non state actors.
  6. This makes India’s position weak in handling terrorism in the region. This gives Pakistan an excuse to talk and engage many other dreaded terrorist organisations in the name of maintaining peace. 
  7. Former diplomats have favoured the talks however unless taliban sheds terrorist tag, talks would be counterproductive.