Why there’s likelihood India may resurrect its presence in Kabul

By Anand K Sahay*

Since India evacuated its mission in Afghanistan once the Taliban re-took Kabul last August practically under American aegis, following what came to be called the Taliban’s Doha “negotiations” with the US, New Delhi is evidently doing a re-think. It is considered likely that an Indian representation will soon be restored in Kabul, even if this will be small and not at the level of an ambassador.

This is reflective of realistic thinking. Of course, there can be no question at present of according recognition to the Taliban regime. That is likely to happen when a broad consensus amongst the leading powers emerges. Currently, the Taliban government is not helping its own cause of gaining world recognition- which will help it access overseas funds at a time when the country is in dire straits- by imposing severe restrictions on women and girls in serious violation of human rights.

More basic is the issue that the Taliban regime is not considered representative at the domestic level within Afghanistan. If it were to accommodate into government all Afghan factions and ethnic and political interests, as well as the constituency of women, the world is expected to view the regime in Kabul differently.

Since the Taliban rode to power militarily and not through an election process, the only plausible way to gain domestic legitimacy is through the holding of a Loya Jirga, the traditional Afghan national assembly that embraces the various ethnic and other political interests and operates on the basis of a negotiated consensus.

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*Senior journalist based in Delhi. A version of this article first appeared in “Asian Age”

By Anand K Sahay*

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