Recently prime minister Manmohan Singh visited Afghanistan government to meet president Hamid Karzai. This visit was in the wake of recent event of the murder of Osama-bin-Laden by the US government. During this visit he pledged to donate US$ 500 million to the Afghanistan government for the said rebuilding infrastructure works. He announced that the total commitment from the Indian government to transfer the funds to Afghan government is approximately US$ billion. In this region Indian government is the biggest funding institution for the Afghan government.
This whole transfer of funds by the Indian government raises many questions in my mind, and should raise in every Indian citizens' mind too. First, what is the real motive - and not just stated - of giving this large sum of money to the Afghan government? Second, who actually is going to pay for it and in what form? Is it morally and legally right to give this money to Karzai government? Third, who will actually benefit from this government transfer of money? And fourth, what are the possible consequences of this act of prime minister Manmohan Singh? In the following section I will investigate these questions one by one.
The stated motive of this foreign aid is, as usual, helping Afghan government rebuild the country. This money is suppose to be used for developing roads, schools and the agriculture sector of the country; India is already building a new parliament building in Kabul at the cost of US$ million. But, as the same BBC news report stated, the real motive of this foreign aid is to tilt the Afghanistan government on India's side to corner the Taliban and Pakistan government. Just like America, Indian prime minister wants to install a stable peaceful democratic government in Afghanistan! Indian government is worrying that if American troops pull out of Afghanistan as promised by Obama government then Taliban and Pakistan will again have a big influence in Afghanistan, which they see as a threat. There is an animosity between Indian and Pakistani government and Indian government thinks that Pakistan and Taliban will use the Afghan territory again for terrorism purposes. But, the basic question here is, why there is animosity between these two country governments whose result is this terrorism? The answer is, the Kashmir issue. The root cause of conflict (and terrorism) between Pakistan and India is Kashmir. That means going after the terrorists in Afghanistan without solving the problem of Kashmir will never end the terrorist activities. As long as the root cause of terrorism is in tact it is impossible to remove it. So then the solution of terrorism is not in installing India friendly government in Afghanistan but to find a solution of Kashmir issue. Elsewhere I have discussed this solution so I won't discuss it here again. Suffice it to say that Kashmir belongs to Kashmiri people who have the property rights of their land where they are living since centuries. Kashmiri land should be given back to the Kashmiri people.
And, Indian politicians also forget that it is impossible to install a democratic government anywhere in the world (and democracy is devil in any case). India don't even have internal democracy (I won't go to prove my this thesis here; I will do it in some other post) then how they can think of installing democracy in other countries? Any attempt to do so will fail in Afghanistan. Afghanistan is known as a 'graveyard of empire' and Indian government will meet the same fate if they interfere in that country's affairs.
Second question is whose money is Indian government lavishly spending in Afghanistan? We don't have to go far to find the answer of this question. The answer: of course it is Indian tax payers' money. Governments don't earn any income. They get their money from tax payers' loot. Second source is printing money which also is an inflation tax on the citizens. Now, do they have any moral or legal right to spend tax payers' hard earned money in Afghanistan? No they don't have such rights. In fact governments don't have any moral or legal rights to do anything because it is a criminal organization which loot and kill people while violating people's private property rights. And murderers and looters don't have any rights. When in India millions of people are dying everyday because of hunger how can the Indian politicians give away US$ million to Afghanistan government? When Indian cities and villages are lacking even a basic infrastructure then how can prime minister Singh think of developing such infrastructure in Afghanistan? When everyday we hear news of some farmer committing suicide in rural remote areas of India then how Mr. Singh can give such huge amount to Afghani agriculture sector which mainly produces opium and hashish!!! It is advisable that the prime minister give Indian people priority in his spending list instead of influencing Afghani government through such kickbacks.
And, as history shows such money transfers in the form of foreign aid from one government to other government only benefits the government of other country. Such money never reaches the poor citizens of those countries (for evidence see, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here). The whole failure of foreign aid is a lesson and guide in this matter for Mr. Singh. But is he ready to learn? His actions says, No. And the person to whom India's prime minister is giving such huge amount of money i.e., Afghan president Mr. Hamid Karzai, is famous for his corrupt Afghan government (See evidence here, here, here, and here). What do we make out of this help looking at these evidences? One corrupt government helping his other corrupt brother government?
Finally, what will be the repercussions of this act of prime minister of bribing the Afghan government to help corner Taliban and Pakistan. Again history gives the answer. The only consequence of this politically stupid maneuver will be a blow-back from Taliban and Pakistan. As it is happening with American empire it will also happen with India. American involvement in Afghanistan and middle eastern countries have created big hatred for American government in these places. According to Prof. Robert Pape's intense research, the chief reason for suicide terrorist attacks is American government's involvement and occupation of these countries (for evidence, see his book - cutting the fuse). This move of Indian government will only increase the hatred of Taliban and Pakistan for India. This act of prime minister will be one more excuse for the terrorist organizations to recruit more terrorists to carry out attacks against innocent Indian public.
Indian government should stop poking its nose in foreign government affairs. It should stop dreaming becoming another world empire. History tells us that whenever governments become super powerful they always ruin the country and its citizens. Indian prime minister should stop putting the lives of innocent Indian people in jeopardy through such absurd acts.
UPDATE (5 October, 2011): I think my warning to Indian government of not intervening in foreign affairs is going unheeded. Not stopping at financial intervention, Manmohan Singh government has decided to completely ruin this country now by deciding to send Indian military forces in Afghanistan to train Afghan army to fight against Al-Qaida and Taliban. This means direct military intervention of India in Afghanistan. Indian government just committed suicide by taking this highly irresponsible decision. This is going to cost the innocent Indian public dearly. Indian government has invited more terrorist attacks through this decision. Get ready people for more blow-backs!