How far should India go with Afghanistan?
Please refer to the article linked above, a nice one.
They are just like any region in the world that defies the theory of nations. It is unwise to go where
there has been instability for centuries even if strategically speaking it makes sense for India to invest militarily in the region which it has been doing for a while. Also develop a great relationship with the central Asian states.
I feel the most peaceful time in Afghanistan was the immediate period before 9/11. But it was not so for the rest of the world. Pashtun region is just like any region between international boundaries. They are hardy fighters, but chose to fight instead of aligning with anyone in in History, The Afghan region upto Amu Darya is quite different from the North of it. This region, and through current day Pakistan, supported all invasions into India. Mongols (Mughal) and many invaders came through this region. Creation of Pakistan to some extent, was meant to be a buffer state which was mismanaged. We do need to have a stake in Afghanistan’s progress it is in our interest as well as Afghanistan.