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18 Feb 2020, 19:20 HRS IST
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  • Ex-diplomat explores Afghan history, Durand Line in new book
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  • s support then," he warns.

    There are no easy answers to a very complex situation, he says.

    "It was bad enough when Pakistan was pushing for strategic depth. Now the US, Iran, Russia and China are also competing for control even as a toxic mixture of Taliban, al Qaeda, IS and sundry other terrorist organisations seek to shape Afghanistan to their radical image. The result is a dead end tunnel," he rues.

    On India's role, he says New Delhi has been a steadying influence; not just in recent years but almost ever since independence.

    "We have built schools, hospitals, hydroelectric dams, highways and most importantly a sense of confidence among the people that India is a friend for all seasons and all reasons."

    Dogra has a wish list for the future.

    "I would like to give greater emphasis to people-to-people contact. To do that meaningfully, a radio and a TV channel beaming programmes in Pashto is a must," he suggests.

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