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23rd March- The Hindu Editorial - Part-2 (in Hindi)
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Subhodeep Das
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  1. THEDU EDITORIAL DISCUSSION 23rd March THE HINDU


  2. Next stage in the Great Game Defeatism will hurt India's interests more than the Taliban's return to Kabul could UBHODESP


  3. As international talks with the Taliban leadership gain momentum, India's foreign policy establishment has gone through the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance After the initial denial that several countries, including the U.S., Russia, U.A.E., Qatar and Saudi Arabia, were engaging with Pakistan in order to bring senior Taliban leaders to the table in late 2017, India protested against being cut out of the talks. It then negotiated to join them, followed by expressions of deep misgiving over where the talks would lead. UBHODESP


  4. And finally this has given wayto acceptance today that the talks have not only progressed, but are being given priority over every other process in Afghanistan Last round of talks between U.S. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban leaders in Doha (February 25-March 12). The talks appeared to be held on the Taliban'sterms, and at a venue of its choice. Therefore, while clear agreements have been forged on the withdrawal of foreign forces and on not allowing Afghan soil for use by foreign terror groups, Earlier agreements on a comprehensive ceasefire and an intra- Afghan dialogue, once considered the minimum "redlines" or starting point of engaging with the Taliban, have now been made the last priority. UBHODESP


  5. When talks with the Taliban began, the objective was to try to mainstream the insurgents into the political process The reality is far from that. The Taliban continues to carry out terror attacks in Afghanistan even as its leadership talks with the U.S. Talks with Taliban recent past, the Modi government has shown some flexibility on the issue, by sending a "non-official" representation to the Moscow talks with the Taliban. While backchannel talks between intelligence agencies and the Taliban have been conducted for years, recognising the Taliban as a legitimate interlocutor for India at this point would be a betrayal of India's values without any visible gains UBHODEE


  6. Given technology, social media and the progress in education in Afghanistan since 2001 (the number of secondary graduates rose from 10,000 to more than 300,000 in 2015), it is also unlikely that the Taliban will be able to control the hearts and minds of Afghans if it were to revert to its brutal ways. Nor could it run policies that endanger Indian interests in the country, given the special place India enjoys, amongst thousands of Afghans who have studied in India, youth and women supported by Indian development projects more than $3 billion invested by India since 2001, which has reaped manifold returns in terms of goodwill and friendship across Afghanistan. Indian strategists don't lose sight of the bigger picture UBHODESP


  7. The End! UBHODESP