From Dams to a brand new Parliament building – India is rebuilding Afghanistan
When Indians come across a small sticker of Indian flag on a foreign land, they feel enormously proud. Knowing the fact, the Afghans did something extraordinary to make us feel excessively proud. A number of Afghans, filled with exhilaration, carried out a 100-meter-long Tricolour in the streets of Kabul. This was perhaps the longest Indian flag ever waved outside India. This is why it went viral on social networking sites in a flash. The reactions of Indians were positive while Pakistan appeared deeply offended.
There is nothing to exaggerate that Afghanistan is one of the closest friends of India which Pakistan loathes as India is, apparently, the only hurdle which stops Pakistan from annexing Afghanistan. As it is believed that one of Pakistan’s unfulfilled desires is to capture it – the way it successfully occupied Baluchistan. This Pakistani heinous longing caused much pain in the hearth of Afghanistan. Many Afghans have lost their lives in numerous terror attacks sponsored by Pakistan. These bloody attacks have destroyed the entire economic structure of Afghanistan which India is making efforts to build Afghanistan brick-by-brick to get it back on track. According to a 2010 Gallup poll, 75% people of Afghanistan prefer India’s leadership over that of the US and China. I have prepared a short list of Indian works in Afghanistan which have paved the way for the future of a developed Afghanistan.
THE SALMA DAM ::
India began reconstruction of the Salma Dam in 2006 in the western Herat province of Afghanistan which is expected to fully function in early 2016. Water has already begun filling up reservoirs and delighting Afghan inhabitants- they are filled with joy. $300 million is the approximate amount that India is spending on the project which is supposed to generate 42 MW electricity to power Kabul and surrounding districts 24×7, Kabul is the capital of Afghanistan which experiences 15-16 hours of power-cut. In addition, the dam will irrigate over 80,000 hectares of farmland which can produce about 480 million kg cereals a year.
THE AFGHAN PARLIAMENT ::
The construction of the parliament building was started in 2009 by India’s Central Public Work Department. The budget of the building is approximately Rs.710 crore, which is part of $2 billion aid package- a symbolic Indian support for strife-torn Afghanistan. The building is constructed in such a way that it will be able to withstand terror attacks and massive earthquakes. Prime Minister Modi is likely to attend the inauguration of the parliament.
THE ROAD CONSTRUCTION ::
India’s Border Roads Organisation is building a 218 km road from Zaranj to Delaram in south-western Afghanistan under a Rs 600 crore project. This is a key link to Iran’s Chahbahar port via Afghanistan’s garland highway linking cities of Herat, Kandhar, Kabul and Mazar-e-sharif.
THE MILITARY TRAININGS ::
The number of victims to terror attacks in Afghanistan has almost doubled from 5968 in 2009 to 10,548 in 2014. Nearly all terror attacks were linked to the ISI of Pakistan. In July 2008, the Indian embassy in Kabul was attacked by a suicide car bomb killing at least 58 people and wounding 141. India has taken an initiative to train the Afghan military forces in India to cope with these sponsored terrorists and provide them with military hardware such as trucks, helicopters etc.
THE EDUCATION ::
India provides Afghan students with scholarships to study abroad. Apart from scholarships, India bears all expenditure of educating thousands of Afghan school children in India (Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore). The below YouTube Video is from Afghan media which will get you an insight of the country.
Once Afghanistan becomes a stable country and free from ISI sponsored terrorists, there will be an enormous chance for Indian companies and firms to invest in Afghanistan. They will be able to expand their business and earn money and which, in return, will generate jobs for the Afghans. India has always wished to lay an oil pipeline from Iran all the way down to India via Afghanistan and Pakistan, which will reduce the price of crude oil that India imports which will enable India to save billions of dollars. Afghanistan has already given its approval to India but Pakistan has remained reluctant.