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Why India is competing with Pakistan for reconstruction of Afghanistan when we can address many things internally? What are we going to derive from this ---possibly their enmity eventually if our past experience is any indication (Bangladesh is an example)? Your views?

Asked by Good Citizen, 30 Mar '10 11:18 am
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India and pakistan have competing agendas in Afghanistan. To India, Afghanistan has a strategic location,and serves as a passive geopolitical constraint on Pakistan. To India, Afghanistan can be a friend in the West and may help us in preventing the consolidation of an anti India bloc extending westward from pak. And Indian intelligence agencies will not let go any chance to spy on pak from Afghanistan..(lol). then, both India and Pak have economic rivalry in Afghanistan, considering the massive infrastructure reconstruction projects. Then for both India and Pak, Afghanistan is a potential route to Central Asian energy (pipeline from turkmenistan crossing Afghanistan and reaching Pak ). Then, both the countries have an eye on the mineral deposits in Afghanistan, so a strong foot hold on the country is a pre-requisite. Then the reported connection of Pak with Taliban is a matter that will make India gainaccess to the Afghan soil, for national interest. then, the concluding part of yo ...more
Answered by thampy chacko, 30 Mar '10 03:17 pm

 
  
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Historically, Afghans have been friendlier with India than with Pakistan even though Mr. Karzai called Pak as brother country recently. That is just a political survival game. Let us not forget that Karzai got his education in India also. Afghanistans geographical location makes it a strategic interest not only to India, but also to Russia and U.S. We have been witnessing it for far too long now. So, there is no point in saying why India is interested in Afghanistan at all. Moreover, India now cannot afford to lose after investing billions of dollars in rebuilding Afghanistan by simply handing over everything to Taliban which has humiliated India by hijacking Indian Airlines to Kandhahar in the past. Do you expect the history to repeat itself? There is not much substance in the argument that India is interested in the projects and business in Afghanistan. Indias participation is miniscule compared to countries like China. China is the biggest beneficiary as far as construction business ...more
Answered by Tony Fernandez, 30 Mar '10 09:21 pm

 
  
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Because both India and Pakistan are competing for that lucrative Afghanistan reconstruction contract. By the nature of the negotiations I can easily tell that neither India nor Pakistan cares about the reconstruction itself, only about the lucrative contracts.

This is how commerce works, I thought??? ?? ? Even in a simple toothbrush ad, people see the need to promote their products by degrading the competitor's product and being vocal about it. Well, that's a toothbrush ad. Just substitute toothbrush w/ Afghan reconstruction :)

Only the commodities differ, principles of commerce are the same same.
Answered by A Moin, 30 Mar '10 06:12 pm

 
  
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India wants friendship with Afganistan to avoid pakistani militants n talibans (supported by pakistan) from creating a base there.If pakistan is allowed to do the reconstruction work,it will send all terrorists to Afganistan to create problem for us.It is a strategic foreign policy for us to make Afganistan our friend.
Answered by Damodar Biswal, 30 Mar '10 04:23 pm

 
  
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We are not doing the reconstruction work for free, its business.
Answered by manoj thakur, 07 Apr '10 11:55 am

 
  
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It is known as international commitments
Answered by anil garg, 03 Apr '10 12:01 am

 
  
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To get acknowledgement worldwide, as it is strategic
Answered by rajnikant raiyarela, 30 Mar '10 08:37 pm

 
  
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It is a matter of military and diplomatic strategy.
We have no other go but to go ahead.
Internal problems can wait.
Answered by Prakash Chandra, 30 Mar '10 05:40 pm

 
  
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