India and Tajikistan are bound together by intimate bonds of history, culture and geographical proximity. Of all the Central Asian states, the Republic of Tajikistan is geographically closest to the Indian Subcontinent. Only a narrow strip of Afghanistan`s Wakhan corridor (western part of Wakhan is just 13 to 25-km wide) separates Tajikistan from the Indian Subcontinent.
Uncertainly looming large on the future course of developments in Afghanistan post-2014 withdrawal of the US and NATO troops from there and the growth of the religious extremist and militant forces in neighbouring Pakistan may have critical implications for the security of both India and Tajikistan. India and Tajikistan share common security concerns. They have common stakes in the regional stability and a moderate, plural and secular socio-political order.
Author: Jyotsna Bakshi (Ed.)
Features: HB, PP