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4 pm Nov 14, 2012

Karzai visit: The Indian role in Afghanistan

Talk to the CNN-IBN Senior Editor to find out about the impact of Karzai's India visit on India-Afghanistan relations & India's long-term goals in the region.
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  • What are your views on Aung Sang Suu Kyi’s visit this week as Myanmar presents good scope for business opportunities over there and with recession in Europe and US, India got to search for new businesses Asked by: Arvind
  • Suhasini Haidar Yes...this is not just about business of course...but India must open to its east...states like Assam and Manipur are already taking the lead on routes to Myanmar.
  • India is showing keen interests over foreign as seen over the years and even the visit of Kyi now? Do you think it should concentrate more over the nation rather than foreign ties and lavish banquets? Asked by: pbpranaybagrecha
  • Suhasini Haidar Part of that only!
  • Should not visit of Afghan president be followed by visits of foreign ministers, foreign secretaries and industry leaders to further expand the relations between two countries Asked by: Hitesh
  • Suhasini Haidar Yes quite right...they must be. Also, journalist trips!! :)
  • thanx a lot suhasini for lucidly explaining everything!!!!! Asked by: gaurav
  • Suhasini Haidar Hope I did! :)
  • Do you think India's current state of economic affairs will allow her to play impacting role in neighbourhood given the fact that China have become more or less self sufficient & is ready to dislodge India on her International ambitions? Asked by: Shambu Shaji.S
  • Suhasini Haidar These are win win relationships for our economy...dont think we should give them up because of comparitive powers.
  • Who according to you is a better Foreign minister compared to Salman Khurshid and SM Krishna Asked by: Ravi
  • Suhasini Haidar Oops.. more questions! I think they are very different styles, but I think they will continue the same course. At the risk of dating myself...I can actually remember interview Mr Khursheed when he was MoS for external affairs in 1995 :) He knows the job and whats expected very well- I expect he is hitting the floor running.
  • what's the importance of this visit? Asked by: lk
  • Suhasini Haidar At a time Obama was re-elected, Afghan spl envoy on talks with Taliban was in Pakistan, and the process of elections (April 2014) has just been started in Afghanistan-- Karzai's visit to India underlined New Delhi's importance in Afghanistan's future. Karzai also made it clear he will not stay on post 2014, so this trip was also about the importance of India in his own future :) Thank you so much for all your questions! Am glad there is such interests in our ties with our neighbours like Afghanistan....will be back with another chat soon!
  • With China taking active interest in Afghan’s peace, security and also investing in its business why is India restricted to wait and watch policy Asked by: Arvind
  • Suhasini Haidar China has so far only shown interest in Afghanistan resources.. unclear if it is looking for a security role yet. Unlikely we will know before ISAF pullout itself
  • How sure is President Karzai in assuring protection to Indian Investors in the backdrop of many unruly assassinations of top leaders in his regime? How is it that MoUs signed will be harmlessly realised? What is your assessment? Asked by: YOGI HANDRAL
  • Suhasini Haidar President Karzai was v confident Afghanistans security is not as hopeless as it sounds- he said this was a perception spread by "western media" and "west-sympathetic local media", and that Afghan troops will be in a position to protect Afghanistan by 2014. I guess the proof of his claims will be tested in the next few months.
  • Should India's tag up with Afghanistan help Indian political parties develop a stronger Muslim vote bank ? Asked by: Ibrahim
  • Suhasini Haidar I dont think it will have that impact
  • What is India's interest in Afghanistan other than trying to control terrorism there ? Asked by: Showmick
  • Suhasini Haidar Its not just about Afghanistan, controlling the terror threat, and benefitting from trade and mineral resources; with india opening ties with pakistan, it is also about our window to central asia and iran.
  • Do you think that the large aids of about $2 billion will be beneficial for India or instead,use this money to banish poverty in the nation? Asked by: pbpranaybagrecha
  • Suhasini Haidar That money is meant for infrastructure development in Afghanistan largely. The challenge would be to ensure it is used well, without creeping corruption as has been seen with aid from US and other countries
  • Does not change in leadership in China shows that although it is communist but still open to change and there is internal democracy whereas India although democratic is still very much autocratic and dictatorial with most its institutions corruption prone by the Govt and people in power Asked by: Ravi
  • Suhasini Haidar answered earlier
  • Why is it that pakistan blames India for her involvement in Afghanistan with ulterior motives and why our diplomacy fails to repond those allegations coercively Do we really hav sth called strong foreign policy Asked by: gaurav
  • Suhasini Haidar Given the close ties between India and Afghanistan, neighbour Pakistan is quite likely to feel upset, and India must understand that is the case. However over the past few years, Pakistan has corrected some of those allegations itself- in 2009 for eg, Pakistan routinely accused India of setting up 22 'listening posts' with consulates in Afghanistan-- one seldom hears such comments now
  • India has said that it would help train Afghan troups? Isn't it a threat to India itself? Asked by: pbpranaybagrecha
  • Suhasini Haidar Not really..India has been training a few hundred afghan troops here in India every year
  • You are a good anchor and look great while presenting world View, but my question can India, Sri lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan form alliance like NAFTA, SAFTA within the region for peace as ASEAN is wide and has not produced desired result Asked by: Hitesh
  • Suhasini Haidar Yes... I think SAARC has a very good future- as more countries in the region are strengthening ties with each other. As a big exporter and manufacturing country, India must realise its best market, as well as source for raw materials is in this region
  • What sort of lessons must India learn from China as it goes through peaceful transition of leadership and its economic policies have paid off while India struggles with corruption, failed democracy and crony capitalism Asked by: Arvind
  • Suhasini Haidar If you heard Hu Jintaos speech to the Chinese Party Congress, you would see China is also worried about corruption and crony capitalism!!
  • Is Karzai’s visit a mere formality to visit the country or there can be real cohesion that can be seen between 2 countries Asked by: Rij
  • Suhasini Haidar Lots of goodwill! But also much meeting ground on many issues.
  • Mam wht according to you can India do to help Afghanistan become a better place in terms of security as in news we see there one bomb blast after another Asked by: mahavir modi
  • Suhasini Haidar I think it would be very hard for India to send troops to Afghanistan to help, given the regional repercussions, re: Pakistan, as well as the resistance to non_afghan troops, but India could do a lot more in terms of capacity building: training troops here, counter terrorism technology, and logistic equipment. It may be premature, but it would certainly help if India enters a trilateral dialogue with Pakistan and Afghanistan on regional security
  • Has Hamid Karzai been able to bring significant change in Afghan’s peace, security and business environment so as to expect foreign investment from other countries Asked by: Ravi
  • Suhasini Haidar Not yet....but in the interview to us he was very clear that India must benefit the most from Afghanistan's resources, so manybe it will be a risk worth taking for Indian businessmen
  • India’s wait and watch policy till 2014 for troop withdrawal will hardly pay dividends as other countries including Pakistan would have established itself over there so Indian businesses will find it hard to invest and Indian security forces will struggle to understand the complexities of the region Asked by: Manush
  • Suhasini Haidar Yes, but it will need a major push from the Indian government to secure the safety of those businesses too...Pres. Karzai-PM Singh will have to address those concerns.
  • What in your views are the possibilities of resurgence of terror in Afghanistan as Taliban might emerge in some other form after some time Asked by: Manush
  • Suhasini Haidar Very real possibility, Manush. The US policy of announcing their pullout date 3 years in advance has raised many eyebrows in the strategic community. After all couldnt Obama's repeated commitments to the pullout be taken as a signal for Taliban fighters that they simply have to wait until ISAF leaves before trying to re-take control of the country? No one doubts the need for 'foreign fighters' to leave Afghanistan...but the worry of a resurgent Taliban are credible, esp given their strength in the south, or as President karzai told CNN-IBN, the presence of their sanctuaries in Pakistan
  • Why is India not being able to make most of diplomatic visits of foreign leaders leaving them restricted to photo opportunities of leaders or formal bilateral meetings as other countries like China, US and Europe have bigger say when India has bigger stake in the region Asked by: Manav
  • Suhasini Haidar Hello and good evening everyone! Happy to chat about all your questions on India and Afghanistan, and anything else! You have a valid concern, Manav, perhaps the UPA is pre-occupied with domestic issues, politics, inflation, economy, etc, but focus is lacking on our international relns, particularly in our own region
  • Do you think that the 4 mou's signed will be beneficial to india and it's laborers? Asked by: pbpranaybagrecha
  • Suhasini Haidar Mining is perhaps the most important one- Afghanistan has the largest reserves of unexploited mineral resources, and yes the MoUs on mining, fertilizers, small projects and yes also youth affairs are all important with Indias new push towards Afghanistan

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Suhasini Haidar
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