India to train Afghanistan MPs in electoral democracy

  • Jayanth Jacob, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Jan 30, 2013 00:56 IST

India is playing its democracy card to the hilt in Afghanistan as the country braces for the withdrawal of western forces in the midst of a complex political reconciliation process.

All 102 members of the Afghanistan senate will undergo a short-term training session in parliamentary procedures and practices in the first week of February. This comes immediately after India hosted a parliamentary delegation from Afghanistan this month.

 Meanwhile the Afghanistan parliament building, being built with Indian assistance, is slated for completion this year-end.

With a complex endgame unfolding in Afghanistan, India is keen to cash in on the goodwill it has in that country. For India, whatever happens in Afghanistan has a direct national security implication.


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