US President Dold Trump, India and Afghanistan
US President Dold Trump wants India to play a greater role in providing economic and developmental assistance to Afghanistan. India has welcomed Mr. Trump's strategy, as the US's objectives in building a stable Afghanistan and ending Pakistan's sponsorship of terrorism are exactly in line with India's own goals for the region. It has, however, correctly reminded Mr. Trump that it does not need his request, never mind his coarse reference to billions of dollars, made in bilateral trade with the US in order to fulfill its commitment to Afghanistan's economic development. Such open transactiolism will neither serve the US's efforts in winning allies for its now Afghanistan policy, nor will it further its mission in a country that is not unfairly called the "Graveyard of Empires".
Satish Kumar Sarma,