DAILY NEWS ANALYSIS
28 February, 2020
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Syllabus subtopic: Effect of Policies and Politics of Developed and Developing Countries on India’s interests
Prelims and Mains focus: about US-Taliban peace deal; its significance for India
News: In its first step towards engaging with the Taliban, India has decided to send its envoy to the signing of the peace pact between the US and Taliban in Doha.
On February 21, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US and Taliban would sign a peace agreement on February 29, at the end of a week-long period of reduction in violence in Afghanistan.
About the issue
India’s engagement with the Taliban
Joint statement related to Aghanistan during Trump’s visit
Significance of US-Taliban deal for India
1st red line
2nd red line
Any process should respect the constitutional legacy and political mandate. This means that the achievement of establishing democratic processes and human rights, including women’s rights, should be respected. Delhi will again monitor whether the “new Taliban” — as many Western interlocutors claim — will respect these achievements over the last two decades.
3rd red line
Any process should not lead to any ungoverned spaces where terrorist and their proxies can relocate. This is crucial for India, as it points out the threat from terrorist groups including the Haqqani network, Al Qaeda and Islamic State, which must not be allowed to operate there. Also, Pakistan-based terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Jaish-e-Mohammed must not be allowed to relocate.
These “red lines” are India’s mantras, even as it pushes for a national peace and reconciliation process which is Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled. In short, India’s approach has been to counter the Pakistan military establishment’s influence over Kabul.
Source: Indian Express
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