In the year after the Taliban fell, international forces numbered a modest 12,000 or so. Today that figure has swollen to well over 100,000 and will approach 140,000 with the latest troop commitments. There are also 100,000 Defense Department contractors supporting the military effort. The insurgency has mushroomed in equal measure.
According to a recent report of the U.S. Congressional Research Service, foreign assistance pledged to Afghanistan since 2001 has topped $58 billion, about $38 billion of it from the U.S. alone. But mystery remains about ”where all this money has gone? A lot of buildings could have been built but Afghan people have lost a lot of hope and faith in the US and Afghan government.
After failing militarily and on account of monetary assistance, now efforts are all on as a part of new strategy to bring India aboard as a central force in managing security of South Asia and the Asia region as whole. The US is adamant that Indian involvement in Afghanistan is not uncalled for, despite knowing the history of New Delhi’s relations with its adjoining states. Like earlier policies or strategic necessities it would be another folly to view India as a global power that has to play the pivotal role in reshaping the geo-economics and security paradigm of the entire world.
India has a long and tumultuous history of capturing and grabbing natural resources and territories of neighbouring countries in order to expand its size and power. Time and again India has proved to be a part of problems rather than solutions. The US’ tilt towards India can be beneficial in its’ own capacity but not for the region. The US and western allies are perhaps unable to identify in view of past experiences that Indian response in time of crisis will be similar to that of French and Italy in world war II, which was deceit.
Had India been that trustworthy and mediating power, it would have helped Sri Lanka in May 2000 when the island’s leadership begged it to intervene to save nearly 40,000 soldiers who were close to being captured by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)? Similarly, Iran had also been back-stabbed by its old ally –India – on an issue directly related to Tehran’s security.
The expansionist agenda of India disqualifies India to be a regional power what to say of global power. Sriram Ananthanarayanan unmasking Indian hegemonic designs wrote that “Contrary to its own self-perception and the one attempted to be broadcast internationally, a mainstream viewpoint of India found in all other countries in South Asia, is one of a regional bully. Bangladesh often finds itself on the receiving end of Indian development projects utilizing the numerous rivers that flow through the country apart from the constructing of Indian fences along the Bangladeshi border to placate Indian xenophobia resulting in ruined commercial interactions and livelihood for villagers on either side of the border. Sri Lankans, both Sinhalese and Tamils, have for long spoken of Indian imperialism to have alternately supported both the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan military. Indian monopoly capital has made huge inroads into hpw all neighbouring countries in South Asia, resulting in immense resource usurpation. Tinier nations like Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan are essentially forced to act as Indian client states with the Indian military expanding and conducting operations in them as they please. Pakistan has often complained of Indian arm-twisting in international forums on the much-debated Kashmir issue, and this regional hegemony has resulted in even huge imperialist states like the US and UK lavishly courting India, while giving the cold shoulder to Pakistan”.
One of the foremost examples of India’s regional hegemony is its oppressive military presence in Northeast India, a region not very well known outside of South Asia, and a hotbed of state militarism and numerous armed insurgencies. The recent Indian actions of depriving Pakistan from River Chenab and Jhelum Water, depriving Nepal from Hydropower Energy and denying Bangladesh (BD) form water while approving constructional plan of Tapaimukh Dam in Northern Manipur state on The Barak River. The killings of BD BSF on border have further fuelled the regional issues. Million of lands of Bangladesh and Pakistan is going to be barren and will directly worsen the economy of poor neighbors of India.
And Afghanistan, where the US administration feels and wish India to play a central role, is being used as a firm base for her proxy war against Pakistan. There is of course a lengthy record of unwarranted Indian intervention and subversive activities against Pakistan that merits a brief analysis. India is using the Afghan soil in order to export terror through those criminals who are ready to do any thing on behest of Indian army and RAW. Not only this but terrorist training camps based in Afghanistan are being run by Indian Army Generals. The use of Indian weapons like Vickers machine-guns by militants in Swat and FATA region is an open proof of Indian agencies involvement in sabotaging the peace in Pakistan. Indian groomed fake-Taliban are behind the spate of violence both in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Pakistan army has on many occasions come with proofs that criminals operating in FATA are financially, tactically and logistically supported by trained Indian army and intelligence network which is operating in collaboration with Israel. Moreover, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency RAMA is also under the control and influence of Indian’s RAW. India also has the history of arm-twisting the nations into providing space and support for the Indian military to enter and conduct operations in flushing out insurgents without any concern for local people within the neighbouring states.
In the light of above mentioned evidences, the US and western allies need to realize that India is a wrong horse to bet on with respect to regional security and peace. Indeed the historic proximity of one and the new bonhomie of India towards the US and its own imperialist program are not altogether coincidental. Indian desire of becoming regional or global power; capturing and grabbing natural resources and fomenting terrorism in regional countries would likely to add fuel to the simmering security conditions in Afghanistan and the region and would ultimately become the starting point of future Global War. Therefore, it is high time that the US and its western allies stop pushing Pakistan ‘to do more’ in the farcical war on terror and keep a strict check on India, which is exploiting the Afghan situation to its advantage. In a nutshell, an effective and viable policy approach would be one based on ground realities and not the myopic perceptions.