India is caught in a challenging dilemma. It needs two decades of peace to consolidate itself domestically, reform the economy and raise its GDP to at least four times the current level.

The surrender of Afghanistan by the US to the Pak-Taliban combine is a conscious, hard decision to cut its losses in an endless war. Whether Kabul was expected to fall in a matter of weeks is a minor issue despite the drama associated with the event; the grim fate of the girls and women of Afghanistan and its shrunken minorities will be duly handed over to handwringing by cynical Western human rights entrepreneurs. The US withdrawal from Afghanistan somewhat parallels the retrenchment from Iraq. It is also being complemented by an apparent attempt to ease the deadlock with Iran over Syria and the Yemen. It implies less concern with the outcome of the civil wars in both despite the deep misgivings over the decision in…

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