Afghanistan, Pakistan, India: A Paradigm Shift, authored by Afghan ambassador to India, Shaida Mohammad Abdali, published by Pentagon Press was recently launched in New Delhi. At the launch function, Shivshankar Menon, former National Security Adviser, mentioned that only strong, viable and visible Afghan-India relations could help improve India’s relations with Pakistan. The book explores the past and current relationship between India-Afghanistan and Pakistan; and it further suggests a roadmap for the future. It also sheds light on how the relations among the three countries have been shaped and evolved to date.
Having worked for the Afghan government for 15 years, the author in his book brings out the internal factors which cause instability in Afghanistan. The book extensively talks both about challenges and problems that hinder developments in the region. What the book radically suggests is new thinking and policies based on win-win situation, which the three neighbouring countries can achieve. The landmark launch session of the book was attended by a host of ambassadors (based in New Delhi), former Indian diplomats and MEA officials, bureaucrats, think tanks, among many others.