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We’ve Let Afghans Down: City Professionals Mourn Taliban Takeover

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Kolkata: Afghanistan is in a battered state with the Taliban firmly in control. The insurgents’ attempt to portray a liberal image runs contrary to the ground reality. How do Kolkatans view the Taliban surge?

Ashesh Basu, Senior DGM, PC Chandra Jewellers

They are not only terrorists but perverted too. With this mindset, nobody can run a government. It is already split into several groups. Afghanistan is in for a long haul. They have almost $1 trillion worth of minerals. Had it been used properly, this country in 10 years could have become one of the richest economies in south-east Asia.

China could run the country tacitly with support from Pakistan. India has to wait and should be ready for a Test match. The USA is full of deceit, only counting on war for profiteering.

Nilanjan Das, Scientist

There was never democracy in Afghanistan so the Taliban are an offshoot of such a deplorable history. Americans are the real insurgents. They foisted the Taliban to counter Russia. It’s no secret that several Taliban supporters have studied in Pakistani madrassas. Later, former Pakistan PM Benazir Bhutto appointed them to protect the trucks that went from Pakistan to Iran carrying petrol and other goods which due to poverty were hijacked by common people. Gradually these Talibs settled in pockets near the highway and they started indoctrinating villagers. The United States is now facing the wrath of its own machinations. Pakistan post- 9/11 sought China’s support to support the Taliban. India because of its investments, has a major stake in the war-torn country. But its trade could be in jeopardy because of the Taliban advent.

Onkar Banerjee, Admin Head, Allens India Ltd

A country can’t be run by miscreants. It’s about time that NATO stepped in and ousted the Taliban because the Pak-Taliban nexus can precipitate a nuclear war. India must diplomatically pursue with NATO to make negotiations with the Northern Alliance. India’s absorption of Afghan refugees could be ominous as Taliban in the garb of asylum seekers can wreak havoc. So, watch out!

Hritavash Saha, Student, Jadavpur University

What has happened in Afghanistan is an anathema to democracy. Women’s rights are again endangered. The USA should have remained in Afghanistan and protected the people and the government there. The takeover by 70,000 Taliban fighters in the presence of a three-lakh strong force is bewildering. The United States ought to have some international responsibility. The role of the United Nations is also questionable. Why is it not boycotting the Taliban? Both the United States and United Nations have let Afghans down.

Ramen Das, Journalist

Emergence. Gain power. Fall. Emergence. Taliban are omnipresent in our lives now. And this time around, the imminent horrors could be more severe than the ghosts haunting us two decades ago. The fact that the world’s fastest-growing countries have not responded as expected raises questions whether there is a third or fourth force behind a seemingly calm country moving forward in the direction of uncertainty after two decades! Otherwise, an invincible Army trained by the world’s most powerful nation would not have stayed mum before a team of Pashtun insurgents. Why didn’t anybody resist? In fact, the current situation in Afghanistan, the role of major powers and the plight of the locals, especially women, are throwing a barrage of questions. But unfortunately, the answer is elusive…

Keka Chowdhury, Retired Media Personality

Afghanistan is a land of an ancient civilisation. But unfortunately for decades, its history has been marked by the destruction of its glory. The Taliban were a creation of the Americans who wanted to fortify them to counter the Russians who were driven out of the country. At first, the Taliban wanted to fight for the freedom of Afghanistan. But after coming to power they changed their character and turned into an ultraconservative group. They imposed Shariya Law, enforced religious education in the schools and stifled the freedom of women. The Taliban takeover of the country today gives a feeling of enigma about the role of America. How did they depart from the country living behind all the weapons in the custody of the Taliban? The group actually wants to control Afghanistan and consign women to a life without freedom and light. They want to rule by the ideology of Islam. They will extend their sphere of influence in Pakistan at the most. But internationally speaking, there might be no danger to security and peace on their part, unlike the other Islamic terrorist groups. So, India need not worry.

Paramita Roy, Former Teacher

Afghanistan is a land of rich mineral deposits and scenic natural beauty. Left in the right hands, the country has the potential to become an economic power. But alas! It has only bled in endless wars and strife. The Taliban takeover of the country today signals a crisis of civilisation and a return to barbarism.  A paradigm shift in governance from democracy to theocracy is imminent. The Taliban are unlikely to give amnesty to their old enemies and uphold women’s rights. Their triumph will encourage the radicalisation of youths in a bigger way and swell the ranks of the jihadi. This is ominous for the world that also includes America and other First World countries. However, having tasted freedom and democracy for two decades, the Afghan people will be unwilling to lend ready legitimacy to their new bosses. Thus, the Taliban will rule by the barrel of the gun. Courting friendship with a democracy like India might give them traction in their domestic politics. India on its part has to give primacy to its national interest. Realpolitik demands that India comes to terms with Taliban and protects its business interests in Afghanistan. But it shouldn’t embrace the Taliban. To conserve its geostrategic interests and pre-empt a possible isolation in the region, it should reshape its foreign policy vis-a-vis China and Pakistan. In this respect, the Kashmir situation in the aftermath of the Taliban takeover has to be gauged. A well-calibrated foreign policy instead of simply toeing the US line, is the need of the hour.

ALSO READ: No Covid Case Out Of 78 Evacuated To India From Afghanistan On Tuesday

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