Afghanistan: High time India engages with Taliban without undermining the elected govt

US President Joe Biden's administration has rolled out a new framework to restart the stalled Afghan peace process. On the one hand, the Biden administration is pushing for an interim 'peace govt' in Kabul that would include the Taliban, while on the other, it has included India among 6 nations that should develop a unified approach to peace in Afghanistan. Given the circumstances, should India shed its reluctance to engage with the Taliban? And, in the event of US pullout from Afghanistan, how can India protect its strategic interests? The Times of India spoke to former diplomat Meera Shankar on the issue. 



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