Seminar- Regime Change in Afghanistan - Challenges and Opportunities for India/ the Netherlands

Seminar on 

Regime Change in Afghanistan: Challenges and Opportunities for India/the Netherlands 

Saturday 6th November 2021

13.30 hrs – 17.00 hrs

Venue: Van der Valk A4, 2132 MA Hoofddorp

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According to available records, New Delhi has invested US$ 3 billion in development projects, offered scholarships to Afghan students, and helped construct the parliament building at a cost of US$ 90 million, earning huge goodwill in the country of 38 million. Last year, during the 2020 Afghanistan Conference, India’s External Affairs Minister Mr. S. Jaishankar said no part of Afghanistan was “untouched” by the “400-plus projects” that India had undertaken in all 34 provinces of the country. Bilateral trade between the two countries had also increased significantly over the years and reached US$ 1.5 billion in 2019-2020. The sudden collapse of the government in Kabul on 15th August this year precipitated an unprecedented exodus of diplomats, foreign aid workers, and Afghans who worked for Western countries and feared reprisals from the Taliban. India was among the nations that closed their missions in Afghanistan and brought back their staff and citizens. This change is likely to cause a significant shift in the geopolitics of South Asia and could be a testing time for India-Afghan relations. Additionally, South Asia continues to be the most impacted region by terrorism in the world. Not to forget, terrorist incidents negatively influence investment and thus the economy. This seminar will explore the challenges and opportunities for India in relation to this geopolitical shift, and possible solutions for better Indo-Afghan relations for peace and prosperity in the region.

Panelists & Speakers:

  • Mr. Harjit Sandhu- FCCI Trustee and former Chief of Investigations, UN-World Food Programme, Rome, Italy
  • Mr. Rabin Baldewsingh - National Coordinator against racism and discrimination, The Netherlands.
  • Lt. Gen. KJ Singh- Former General Officer Commanding-in-chief of Western command, India.


  • Mr. Ram Lakhina - President-Emeritus FCCI.
  • Dr. Pramod Agrawal - Vice President- Programs FCCI.


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