India’s plan for better ties with Afghanistan since the elimination of the US’s war on terror has been a main matter of concern of international policy and it seems to be going quite well. Since India gained independence from British rule in 1947, India initially had a strong relationship with Afghanistan based on cultural, historical, and ethical bases.
Afghan citizens gaining access to India and trade ties were never a matter of concern for both countries.
On an innate level of independence, Pakistan and India never enjoyed ties on a good and natural term. Tensions between the two countries never reached the extent of elimination and the tensions are still in continuation. Various aspects are to be considered when it comes to Pakistan-India tensions, which officially pertain course to the core i.e Muslim-Hindu conflicts and the fact that Muslims and Hindus can never be united and can never stand under the same umbrella, proved by the historical and current conflicts between the two countries.
These conflicts brought about major changes in war-conflict tactics, including propaganda war also known as 5th generation warfare. To consider the West better known as the kingpin of this generation of warfare, India had close ties with Israel, based on commonalities two between the matter of Palestine and Kashmir, this generation of warfare tactics had to be applied by India.
Considering these facts, during the Presidential Emergency in 1977, India based on military terms and future war strategy, initiated media propaganda and invested 50 million dollars on the specific matter. This brought about major military propaganda in media which led to the current form of Indian media that the world sees today.
This investment led to present-day chaos and disrupted the form of media information in Indian media and was a success with an impact on the mental level of Indians, including those who depend on and are highly influenced by it. The war strategies have no bounds, especially when there is a close relationship with states like Israel, which is known for international crimes, the same is the matter for India in Kashmir.
It wasn’t until the fall of the Taliban regime back in 2001 that India took its relationship with Afghanistan seriously. As the US influenced the rise in political and security matters of Afghanistan, India took the opportunity to turn Afghanistan on their side on the foundation of its relations with US alignment with Hamid Karzai Interim Administration.
The intensity of interest in investment had another side which included to loosen Afghan-Pakistan ties, in order to weaken the Pakistani influence on Afghanistan.
Considering the purpose of isolating Pakistan’s hands in Asia, especially considering the fact of empowerment of Pakistan’s military, following its involvement in establishment of Taliban and multi military expeditions with Afghanistan following the USSR and US led wars in Afghanistan. The investments which had and impact on the Afghanistan in part includes.
India has played a pivotal role in fostering bilateral relations with Afghanistan through active participation in reconstruction and developmental initiatives. One significant contribution was the investment in the construction of the Zaranj-Delaram Highway, connecting Zaranj in the southwest to Delaram in the west and enhancing vital connectivity in Afghanistan (completed in 2009). Additionally, India demonstrated its commitment to the nation’s development by funding and completing the Salma Dam in Herat Province, a project that significantly contributes to hydroelectric power generation and irrigation (completed in 2016).
Symbolizing a dedication to Afghan governance and democracy, India also played a key role in the completion of the New Afghan Parliament Building in Kabul in 2015. The commitment extends beyond infrastructure to encompass education initiatives, exemplified by the Afghan-India Friendship Polytechnic (AIFPT) in Kabul, providing technical education. Furthermore, India has actively engaged in healthcare, rural development, and ongoing projects aimed at the overall reconstruction and development of Afghanistan. These multifaceted efforts underscore India’s steadfast support for Afghanistan’s progress and prosperity.
These heavy investment projects in Afghan soil are not to be permissible in Balochistan due to Pak-India continuous tensions. Rather other security matters with involvement in terrorism and generation warfares are still on the rise.
It is important to note that these initiatives in the form of investments does have promising impacts in the mindset of Afghan nation and the province of Balochistan, with alternately turning sides against Pakistan’s military projects within these spheres.
Today the Baloch sentiments towards Pakistan is quite the same as of Afghans, all due to the ongoing propaganda warfare which India took for the purpose aiming to hurt Pakistan in ways. Similarly, the sentiments of people of Balochistan towards Pakistan as a whole, except for their province is not positive and the long going support of India towards Balochistan impacted in a way, as present majority Balochis have a softer side for India, than Pakistan.