For Modi and his Sanghi bhakts is Taliban still a terrorist enemy or a friend?

By

Faraz Ahmad

So we are now sitting across the negotiating table at Doha extending our hand of friendship to Taliban with Indian Ambassador to Qatar Deepak Mittal breaking bread with the Head of Taliban’s Political office in Doha, Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai.

According to media reports soon as the last of American plane took off from Hamid Karzai airport in Kabul, to beat the deadline set by the Taliban marauders, the Indian ambassador called up Stanekzai on phone and invited him over. Within no time Stanekzai drove in to hold a formal and official meeting with the Indian ambassador.

News reports underlined that this meeting was cleared right at the top, implying Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself. These reports stated that the Prime Minister keeping a close watch on developments in Kabul, had comprised a high level group comprising primarily of National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and some more senior officials, to ponder over India’s immediate priorities and thereupon evolve Indian strategy vis a vis the emerging situation in Afghanistan and our role therein.

But even before that, India had joined the club of the US-led group of western nations in according recognition and respect to the forcible occupation of Afghanistan by the Taliban, whom till the other day, we considered Pakistan sponsored terrorist marauders. The US and its NATO allies were explicit in their priority of getting out of Afghanistan safely with no damage to their lives and others be damned and they succeeded in that by meeting the deadline of August 31 midnight set by Taliban. But how did it meet our interests to capitulate before Taliban within no time, exposing ourselves to international ridicule and mockery by Pakistan? In fact even Russia and China, already negotiating with Taliban did not join the US sponsored UNSC resolution of August 27.

Evidently at the instance of the US, the UNSC, chaired by India’s permanent representative at the United Nations, T S Trimurti till yesterday, first stated on August 16 , a day after Taliban took over Kabul that, “The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the importance of combating terrorism in Afghanistan to ensure the territory of Afghanistan should not be used to threaten or attack any country, and that neither the Taliban nor any other Afghan group or individual should support terrorists operating on the territory of any other country.”

Then on August 27, a day after the Kabul airport bombings that killed more than 100 people including 12 US troops, Tirumurti, presiding over the UNSC, condemned the “deplorable attacks”. on behalf of the Council in a statement.

But while reproducing the earlier August 16 statement one telling significant change was noticeable wherein it was stated, “The members of the Security Council reiterated the importance of combating terrorism in Afghanistan to ensure the territory of Afghanistan should not be used to threaten or attack any country, and that no Afghan group or individual should support terrorists operating on the territory of any country.” Here any reference to the Taliban was omitted indicating that the UNSC members, including its current chairman India, did not consider anymore Taliban as marauders, or Pakistan’s proxy mercenaries but as the government of Afghanistan, just because they have usurped the Afghan country by sheer force and not through any consent from the people of Afghanistan.

India’s former Permanent Representative at the UN, Syed Akbaruddin, pointed this out in his Twitter account saying, “In diplomacy…a fortnight is a long time…The ‘T’ word is gone.” When a segment of Muslim population in India overtly or subtly welcomed the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, offering all kinds of arguments to support their contention, the typical pro-Modi TV channels picking up some obscure bearded cleric went to town expressing horror at them for supporting a terrorist outfit out to export terror to India and threaten our security and condemned their position as a support to Jihadi terror. Barely two weeks back the T word symbolised terror in the perceptions of our pro-Modi, Sanghi media and the BJP leaders as well.

But on Friday minutes after the Kabul airport bombing, in which hundreds of innocent civilians were killed, as also some US defence personnel, Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, accompanied by two cabinet colleagues including Piyush Goyal and Prahlad Joshi and foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla conceded to the Opposition leaders on Friday that the “Doha process for a smooth transfer of power had not fructified,” implying that while the US and other powers had assured India that the process of US and NATO troops leaving Afghanistan would be smooth and non-violent that has not “fructified.” He however told the leaders of political parties invited by the Government to clarify its stand that, “Let the situation settle. You will have to keep patience on the question of our future policy,” when asked about the government’s approach towards the Taliban. The macho Modi government is completely silent on how, be it the US and NATO or Russia and China axis, both the rival groups who have been negotiating with Taliban for more than a year now have kept India out of any consultation or negotiations with the Taliban whom they were preparing to hand over Kabul on a platter. But this Government owes certain explanation to us Indians and the people of Afghanistan how come it failed to fight for our security and protection of Afghan national interests while the others were busy striking a deal, ignoring the safety, security and well-being of the Afghans and that when we were heading the UN Security Council.

But the moot point is, with Modi doing a complete about turn on the “terrorist Taliban” what would be the stand of the embedded Press? Will they start singing the same tune? And what about all those whom the government arrested for celebrating the Taliban victory in Afghanistan and slapped terror charges at them. If Taliban are our friends then what would they be who celebrated their victory in Afghanistan? Or will the godi media and Sanghi lynch mobs still continue to raise the Taliban spectre to target Indian Muslims by creating a fear psychosis in to keep the communal issue sizzling for the impending UP Assembly elections?

Personally I still maintain that Taliban are medieval barbarian Pakistan trained mercenaries who are terrorising the people, especially women, youth and children in Afghanistan and should only be dealt with force, which Indian alone possesses at this juncture. But then I have no means to persuade either Modi or the large entourage of his Sanghi bhakts.

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1 thought on “For Modi and his Sanghi bhakts is Taliban still a terrorist enemy or a friend?

  1. Biden Focused on ‘Perception’ as Ghani Warned of Taliban Invasion

    “We are facing a full-scale invasion, composed of Taliban, full Pakistani planning and logistical support, and at least 10-15,000 international terrorists, predominantly Pakistanis thrown into this,” Ghani said. Afghan government officials, and U.S. experts, have consistently pointed to Pakistani support for the Taliban as key to the group’s resurgence.
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    “It may be dangerous to be America’s enemy, but to be America’s friend is fatal.”

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