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Strategically Speaking: Smita Sharma Discusses ‘War on Terror, Displacements And Refugee Crisis’

India Ahead’s Smita Sharma discusses 'War on Terror, Displacements and Refugee Crisis' with Meenakshi Ganguly (South Asia director at Human Rights Watch), Mursal Mohammadi (Afghan Student), and Constantino Xavier (Fellow, CSEP, and Non-resident Fellow, Brookings Institution).

The world continues to watch the disturbing situation unfold in Afghanistan. The Taliban takeover has resulted in a human catastrophe, it has triggered mass evacuation, many still struggle to flee the clutches of the Taliban.

“When India chooses to join UNSC, when India is constantly seeking a permanent seat at the UNSC, and if the UN system is something India wants a voice or a role in then, how can India not subscribe to the UN mechanism? The first one among them is the refugee convention, which India has still not signed and often uses an excuse to, therefore not protect refugee rights. India needs to make some decisions in terms of its global identity,” said South Asia director at Human Rights Watch, Meenakshi Ganguly.

Constantino discusses India’s problems in terms of lack of refugee policy and reluctance. He further explained why India opens the door for refugees and why it doesn’t? 

“The nightmare that Afghans had, has now come true. There is a fall of ambition for a huge group of people. There is a huge humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan but, one still has hopes to go back to our country and rebel. We do not want to be a burden on any country, we just need support, if there is a policy to support refugees we can do alot. We just need a policy that allows us to go to school, go to work, and do our best,” says an afghan student, Mursal Mohammadi.