India Taliban will Create New Chapter?

As other regional players like China, Russia and Iran seek ways to accelerate their engagement, greater engagement with the Taliban will open up new possibilities for India.

When the Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan in August 2021, India was frustrated about the future of Indo-Afghan relations and its impact on Indian security. Many hailed the moment as a major victory for Pakistan and lamented India’s inability to shape its strategic environment. Western nations have thrown the Afghan people, who since 2001 began to believe in the mythical commitment to democratic ideals in the West, under the bus and move on, leaving regional states to face the challenges posed by the turbulent Af-Pak border.