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Filling the post-US vacuum – Jyoti Malhotra


What kind of roadmap is this?

What kind of roadmap is this?

On the other hand, Delhi believes that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is much more circumspect about Islamabad’s intentions and much more willing to keep India in Afghanistan, in the short as well as the long term. When Kayani, followed by Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, reaches Washington in the coming days, they are likely to find that it is Clinton who takes the tough calls.Clinton understands that when the US forces get out of Afghanistan, sooner rather than later, India and to a certain extent, Russia, will be the only regional players — not Pakistan, China or Iran — that the US will be able to depend upon to settle the chaos that is likely to ensue. (via Jyoti Malhotra: Filling the post-US vacuum).

And quietly fade away …

Dylan Thomas wrote some interesting poetry – and one couplet that stays in my mind says,

“Do no go gentle into the good night, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

Will the West quietly fade away. After all, Britain created the mischief of Pakistan and Kashmir, before leaving. And Jyoti Malhotra looks at Afghanistan, Pakistan through a Western prism.

This ability to light fires in the Indian backyard is a Western specialty – and that is what needs addressal. This means that India must take charge – and must have both objectives and means . India must enunciate its own Monroe Doctrine for South Asia, later for SE Asia and finally for Asia. Military intervention by ‘foreign powers’ in South Asia must become history. This is the objective that must occupy Indian minds. The recent Copenhagen Circus was an excellent demonstration of Western designs.

What the Afghans need

Coming to winning Afghan hearts. A few hospitals, sundry schools and some roads will take us, India and Afghanistan, nowhere. What Afghanistan needs, is a blueprint, a roadmap, to get out of the Desert Bloc quagmire, they are into. What the Afghans need is a fresh dose of भारत्तंत्र Bharat-tantra, the Indic political system. It was भारत्तंत्र which made Buddhist priests a force in the entire SE Asia.

But then, that begs a question. Is भारत्तंत्र Bharat-tantra alive in India? Do Indian follow Bharat-tantra?

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