India's Expanding Footprint in Afghanistan

Speech by External Affairs Minister at the inauguration of the Afghanistan National Agricultural Sciences and Technology University (ANASTU) in Kandahar Excellency President Hamid Karzai Excellency Governor of Kandahar Province, Gentlemen and LadiesKandahar is one of the oldest cities of the world.It was the seat of power of Ahmad Shah Durrani the founder of modern Afghanistan.Many in India believe that Kandahar is nothing but the ancient city of "Gandhara”, which figures prominently in our ancient epic the Mahabharata.Indian Historians of the Mughal era have always spoken of Kandahar as the Western Gateway to the Great Mughal Empire in India.Noor-jehan, the legendary wife of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, was born in Kandahar.Kandahar is also one of the holiest sites in the Islamic...
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