Tuesday, 4 October, 2022

Topic: India-Afghanistan

Contingency plan in place to evacuate Indian officials & diplomats as Taliban enters Kabul

While it is unclear when Indian officials will be evacuated from Afghanistan, a fleet of Indian Air Force's C-17 Globemaster military transport aircraft is on standby to undertake evacuation missions.

Afghanistan urges world to act against Taliban ‘war crimes’, says ‘global security’ at stake

Kabul, which stressed the need for an immediate ceasefire, made the request during ‘Extended Troika’ talks in Doha. India has echoed Kabul’s call for a ‘ceasefire’ in Afghanistan. 

Don’t forget us as we fight Taliban, says Afghan leader who thwarted Indian mission attack

Ata Noor, former Balkh governor who defended Indian consulate against terrorists in 2016, tells ThePrint India should help Afghanistan in its fight against Taliban else it will become a safe haven again for terrorist groups.

‘Will pull India into a vortex’ — why Delhi is unlikely to heed ‘Afghan demand for air support’

While no active military aid is being discussed, ‘benign support’ like maintenance of equipment, training and spare parts has been under discussion between India and Afghanistan.

3 realpolitik lessons India learnt since Indo-Soviet treaty was signed 50 yrs ago

Qatar's invitation to India to participate in the Taliban talks this week is an indication India has learnt several lessons in realpolitik.

Five myths about Afghanistan that India must overcome, along with its timidity

From ‘graveyard of empires’ to the stage for Great Games, there are many enduring fictions about Afghanistan.

India shouldn’t wait and watch, must play more assertive role in Afghanistan, say experts

After Antony Blinken’s India visit, Shaharzad Akbar of Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and Lisa Curtis of CNAS Indo-Pacific Security Program say Delhi must push for Afghan conflict being resolved through talks.

India right to wait till Taliban comes in full view. No need to rush into an ‘Afghan strategy’

A pro-Pakistan government in Afghanistan will be a disaster for India. Because China too will be controlling Kabul through Islamabad. But Delhi right to 'wait and watch'.

Blinken can clear air on India’s Af-Pak dilemma, but Modi-Jaishankar need the Middle Path

Even if the US is looking at the cases of sedition and infringement of freedoms under Modi govt, it will hardly seek to antagonise India. For the moment, Modi’s China gamble has paid off.

India confident Kabul won’t fall to Taliban, is moving on ‘multiple tracks’ on Afghanistan

New Delhi’s assessment of situation in Afghanistan is that Taliban are waiting for complete withdrawal of US and NATO troops before turning focus to urban centres.

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Beneficiaries of the PM-GKAY PDS centre in Odisha | Representational image | ANI

Free grains, fuel tax deferred – Gujarat, HP on its mind, Modi govt puts politics over economy

RBI's rate hike also among decisions announced last week that might pay political dividends in state polls, but could come with commensurate economic costs, say economists.


The LCH is designed with stealth features such as reduced visual, aural, radar and infrared signatures | Photo: IAF

Prachand, India’s new Light Combat Helicopter, doesn’t yet have main arsenal or protection suite

IAF inducted new helicopter Monday, but it'll get anti-tank guided missile only by mid-2023, while air-to-air missiles haven't yet been ordered, it is learnt.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.