India’s reluctance to play a greater role in Afghanistan shows Modi govt unwilling to shed Nehruvian foreign policy

According to the US’ Congressional Research Service (CRS), which prepares periodic reports for American lawmakers to make informed decisions. “India has been the largest regional contributor to Afghan reconstruction but New Delhi has not shown an inclination to pursue a deeper defence relationship with Kabul.” This assertion is not without reason.

As both the Narendra Modi-led BJP government and the Ashraf Ghani-led NUG government in Afghanistan have almost completed their five-year terms in office. It is pertinent to argue that India has continued with a low-key or developmental approach to crisis management in Afghanistan. As a result, New Delhi has failed to contribute meaningfully to conflict resolution in Afghanistan. It chose to pursue hesitant policies in the defence sector. Despite lofty claims, the Modi government has largely continued with India’s conventional non-interventionist policy in Afghanistan. As pursued by the previous regime.

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