The most “capable” developing country India which from the past 66 years has just been stuck with the tag “developing” has been working hard towards building relations with the neighboring countries. Pakistan has been babbling for the past few years for “trying” to move a hand towards India despite killing our jawans at the border.
Keeping aside the whole “relationship drama” Pakistan has now got another opportunity to hit upon India. With the withdrawal of the NATO forces, the peace and security in some regions between Afghanistan and Pakistan might develop instability or else we can say that there might be a panic of Taliban. Moreover, India has again attempted to re-establish its relations with Afghanistan though Pakistan is fuming with the positive response of Afghanistan.
Pakistan has been building castles in the air with a vision to unite with Afghanistan though it might be challenging as Pakistan has deluded Afghanistan several times. The main task of Pakistan is to remain “Anti-Indian” and on the other hand, indulge in terrors in Afghanistan.
Following are the stratagems that might help India and Afghanistan to come together, which I believe will lead to bitter relationships with Pakistan.
1. Trust and Promises
As every relation needs trust as the base of their relationship thus, the two sides are duty-bound to try to have faith in one another. While promises are a must, what we have claimed to do and what they have promised, fulfilling those needs will be crucial.
2. Common Ideology
This will act as a positive approach because at the end if we will focus on a common problem that is affecting the two countries such as higher expenses, education, the business then the both sides will work on the matter as a team.
It will be the key to accomplishing relations with Afghanistan. India can start trade on a larger scale which would finally be profitable to the both sides. India could try to establish more embassies in Afghanistan, and as a welcome message, Afghanistan may perhaps be allowed to have its consulates in India. Timely flag meetings among the army officials should be pulled in to check for any land disputes. This step will not only be a sign of goodwill but also it will be comprehended as a concord of faith.
Why is there a need for such a diplomatic relationship?
Well, the answer lies in there. According to a survey done by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), there are vast, yet untapped resources of oil while Afghanistan has over 1400 sources of iron ore, natural gas, precious stones (gemstones) and predominantly coal and petroleum reserves. While Afghanistan has to look for India as the Indian government had lent them a hand for training their security forces, building schools, and hospitals and also the noteworthy parliament house.
It should also be noted that the Indian government is one of the countries that has provided Afghanistan with millions of rupees to promote business. For instance, Afghanistan became the eighth member of SAARC after they got a multi-million package from India.
There have been many tragic attempts to weaken this relationship, for instance, the suicide car bombing at the Indian Embassy situated in Kabul on 7th July 2008 killed more than sixty people including the Indian Army officer Brigadier Ravi Mehta.
The power of economization would be far better than doing the work militantly as it will not throttle the mindset of the citizens of Afghanistan rather they will also consider it good for the development of their nation. The major concern for India is to build a strong economic relationship with Afghanistan. However, India has taken some crucial steps, to begin with.
For instance, India has invested in building schools, hospitals, training campaigns for intelligence and security forces. Moreover, Border Roads OrganizationhadconnectedtheDelaramandZaranjprovinces to overrun transportation between India and Afghanistan.
The whole strategy of India should be of terminating Pakistan’s present relations with Afghanistan for better results but as told earlier it might end with worse relations between Indo-Pak peace initiatives, further India might be criticized for such undertakings.
Now, with the departure of the US forces, India should look to provide security to Afghanistan. Till date, Pakistan has been supporting Afghanistan in various ways so India should try to become more important to Afghanistan, this will help Afghanistan to lighten up the burden of the narcissistic Pakistan.
Employment for people in India and even in Afghanistan can slow down the rates of youth that join terrorist groups for their living and ultimately it will help to overcome the problem of unemployment. India could try to provide jobs for Indians in Afghanistan and vice versa. Quick work visas will do the job to deepen the relations.
The two countries should know their role; we will have to think for them so that finally the profit could be equally shared. India’s budget cripples every time it gets battered by the loss in the international market; the same problem can be seen in the other Asian countries.Sharing our resources with our neighbor to jointly manufacture, trade and export goods can help out a lot.
There will be times when we will go through losses, at those circumstances bad politics may try to criticize the government, or it will attempt to build tension between the countries, at that phase, we should remember that it is just a business and there are two things profit and loss.
6. What should be done now?
Steps like student and teacher exchange programs will help to make relations in public interest. The building of roads across the Indo-Afghan border should be started on a wider note to support transportation.India has the technology and Afghanistan has the stock of natural reserves, this will help in the processing of raw materials to manufacture goods which then could be exported to other countries to bring in the wealth.
India has the scarcity of coal and petroleum reserves which lead to price hikes however with the above steps it would provide some relaxation. India should try to become a shield for Afghanistan against the Taliban who try to create chaos among the people and government. It should also be noted that without Afghanistan’s resources India cannot climb the heights of ever increasing dearness.
Till date, India has five consulates in Afghanistan: Kandahar, Kabul, Jalalabad, Mazar-e-Sharif and Heart. Also, a large population of Afghanis resides in India, majorly in and around Delhi. Although the Afghan people have adapted to the Indian culture or a few of them have maintained it, a minor population of Indians has been living in Afghanistan as builders, teachers, and doctors, so that will work as an icing on the cake for India as Afghanistan might look towards India instead of Afghanistan.
What to Worry?
Afghanistan has a large production of tobacco and heroin which are available at very low rates. As everything has a darker side, smuggling of unwanted materials might occur; this will be not only illegal but also a serious blow to the citizens of India.