Should India send 20,000 troops to fight ISIS & terrorism in Afghanistan as suggested by Subramanian Swamy?

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Updated: February 16, 2017 12:57:16 PM

Controversial BJP leader Subramanian Swamy went on Twitter saying that the time was ripe for India to send 20,000 troops to help USA in fighting ISIS.

Subramnian Swamy further said that should the USA open its arms warehouse to India, then the government should send soldiers to Afghanistan to aid the United States. (Reuters)Subramnian Swamy further said that should the USA open its arms warehouse to India, then the government should send soldiers to Afghanistan to aid the United States. (Reuters)

Controversial BJP leader Subramanian Swamy went on Twitter saying that the time was ripe for India to send 20,000 troops to help USA in fighting ISIS. Swamy further said that should the USA open its arms warehouse to India, then the government should send soldiers to Afghanistan to aid the United States. Now, it is unlikely that the Indian government would send its troops to a war-torn country to participate in USA’s “war on terrorism” post 9/11. However, Swami faced quite a lot of backlash for his opinion and people even went on to term this act of as ‘warmongering’. Lets this stand from Swamy’s point of view. Yes, terrorism is a problem. It is, however, untrue that the ISIS is a major problem in India. Sooner or later, it might be. But sending soldiers to finish a war that hasn’t started sounds an awful lot like terrorism.

Following the tragic incident of 9/11, the USA, under President Bush started a war against Al-Quaeda and Taliban in Afghanistan as an important part of his war on terror on September 20, 2001. The US, riding on the sympathy of the entire West enjoyed its hostile stay even as it invaded Iraq in 2003 in search of “non-existent weapons of mass destruction”, the Hindu reports. In 2009 however, Barack Obama drew a distinct line between Iraq and Afghanistan, terming the latter as a war of necessity that they had to win. He ordered a surge in troops while announcing the date for the withdrawal of US from all combat operations. One of the major effects of this flawed decision was to resurrect the acts of insurgency. Even though the operation was officially called off on December 28, 2014, the United States has still maintained approximately 9,800 troops in the country. And surely, life expectancy has gone up, along with the literacy rates but on the other hand, let’s take a look at the casualties. According to reports, civilian casualties were reported to be around 31,000 in 2016.

Now, let us not forget, irrespective of all the diplomacy in the world, Donald Trump is a loose cannon, capable of extreme bigotry and these are not alternate facts. These are the facts of the matter and they are true. Why does India need to involve itself in a war it has never been actively a part of. It is true that India has been a reliable partner for both Afghanistan and USA in matters of economy. India-Afghanistan relations are also developing a military dimension. But India has its own troubles to deal with. Like Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said in the past; our soldiers are completely capable of protecting the sovereignty of our borders and no amount of respect cannot be enough for them. Now, sending troops to Afghanistan and to fight ISIS would show credit on India’s CV when it comes to becoming a global power. Obama, before retiring from his post as the US President had called back a huge chunk of troops from the country but President Trump and his administration have time and again in the past spoken about sending more troops and attacking terrorism in Pakistan through that base. Now, that would work in India’s favour. Now, there is no official confirmation if any of these said things are going to happen but if they do, we will have to wait and watch the probable consequences that follow.

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