By Sushil Kutty
Taliban Afghanistan now has an interim government with a Council of ministers consisting of a couple of global terrorists. Men with flowing beards and mega-million dollar rewards on their turbaned heads. Those who figure in the United Nation’s most wanted list, are lawmakers beyond the pale of international law! Today’s Afghanistan does not have an elected government.
The only hope for the country are the Afghan women. For them to stand up to the Taliban (and ISIS, the Al Qaeda, and the Haqqani Network), keep up their protests in the streets, create enough and continuous opposition to the Taliban to never let the world forget that a monstrosity rules Afghanistan because the United States is in cahoots with Pakistan, the nursery for “home-grown” international terrorists.
Like somebody said, there’s no “conscience” left in the Americans, or the Pakistanis; forget the Chinese and the Russians. What about we Indians, do we have a conscience? The fact is, Pakistanis are having a ball ever since August 15, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoisted the tricolour from the ramparts of the Red Fort, and the Taliban and their ISIS cohorts drove their SUVs into the parking lot of the Presidential Palace in Kabul.
August 15 2021, Pakistanis on Social Media labeled India “loser”, and Pakistan ‘victor”. For a big swathe of Pakistanis, it was sweet revenge, for “1971”. Pakistani panelists on Indian media talk shows gloated, but unaccustomedly held their calm against the loud voices of Indian counterparts, who had a time holding to their ground.
India was no longer “Chaudhary of South Asia”. More shocking, Narendra Modi stood worsted in the ‘Great Game”. Defeated by a cricketer-turned-politician, a novice with nothing between his ears –
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. This “victory” was worth the wait of half a century, 1971-2021. And to think that the “surrender document” in 1971 was signed by a “Niazi”! Imran Khan too is a Niazi! Karma? Definitely vanilla on chocolate with a cherry on top!
When the history of the first 20 years of this century is written, it will chronicle the decline of the United States, and India losing face against Pakistan and China. Maybe it’s all the international awards, they seem to have left Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a false sense of “indomitable”. In the regional high-stakes, Narendra Modi has been left behind by Xi Jinping and Imran Khan, much to the dismay of the 56” Club!
Of course, being Indian, with an Indian mindset, we haven’t questioned the turn of events in our bailiwick. When it comes to foreign affairs and foreign policy, Indians don’t speak in different voices. The voice of the Government of the Day rules the day. That could be why the Narendra Modi Government hasn’t been questioned for India’s “loss of face” in the region, and beyond.
The history of India is replete with occasions when Indians lost face and it did not matter to them at all. To be defeated and conquered had become a habit. “Loss of face” is dire for the Chinese. As for the Pakistanis, they have proved that they are different from Indians, deserving of a separate country – the genuine descendants of Ahmed Shah Abdali and Babar and Mahmud of Ghazni – invaders and colonizers!
There are no doubts left that Pakistan has invaded Afghanistan and more or less colonized the landlocked country. If nobody has understood this, the Afghan women have. It’s not for nothing that hundreds of Afghan women are outside the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul, braving Taliban rifle fire and shouting their lungs out with cries of “Azaadi” and “Pakistan Get Out”.
The Pakistanis are the ones who are setting policy for the terrorist-infested Afghan Taliban government of Afghanistan. And it’s not for nothing that the ISI Chief is in Kabul. There are also confirmed reports of the Pak Army fighting in the Panjshir Valley. It’s clear as the snow-driven tops of the mountains of the Hindu Kush that the United States and Pakistan sold the people of Afghanistan down the river, US for getting out of Afghanistan, and Pakistan for netting a “colony” of its own!
And India? India and Narendra Modi got whipped. India invested, or donated, whatever, $3-4 billion in Afghanistan, built roads, dams, schools and Afghanistan’s Parliament House, and all of these without a plan for what the future will throw. The Modi Government spent money like India has loads and loads of greenbacks to throw around; as if Indians are rich dudes, each and every one of us given the promised Rs 15 lakhs; thriving in the prophesied “ache din”.
So, what do we have? Apart from the $3-4 billion lost, a “loss of face”, our title of “Chaudhary of South Asia” taken away; two instead of one hostile governments to our west in addition to the one to our north. Very soon the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will be inside Afghanistan, heading for Iran and beyond. Whatever is gonna happen to ‘Chabahar Port’ is speculation. And the Modi Government will continue to behave as if there cannot be a bigger and more popular global leader than Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Today, India is the “most disadvantaged” country in the region, and who’s to blame? (IPA Service)