India’s pledge of an extra $450 million (Rs1,904 crore) to Afghanistan is sure to help that war-torn nation.
Afghanistan has often been treated as a step-child when it comes to aid attention by the international community. Promises of aid have often remained mere promises. It is imperative that India pick up the pieces that other countries have left behind.
It has begun doing that.
India’s interest lies in a secure and prosperous Afghanistan. Trade and investment possibilities will be mutually beneficial to both countries. The “peace dividend” that will result from economic growth will benefit the region as a whole. Alleged Pakistani sensitivities should not come in the way of a bigger role for India in Kabul. So far, Pakistan and its proxies have done little to promote stability in its western neighbour.
India’s aid commitment should be seen in this context and not that of some emerging “Great Game”, as the establishment in Islamabad tends to think.