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Afghanistan turmoil

India adopts a wait-and-watch policy for Afghanistan

New Delhi to go slow with regime as it repatriates Hindu and Sikh minorities

India's government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facilitating the repatriation of Hindu and Sikh minorities in Afghanistan but has not committed to Muslims. (Nikkei montage/Reuters/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- The sudden seizure of war-torn Afghanistan by Taliban insurgents amid the withdrawal of United States forces presents a quandary for India, which had cultivated good relations with the former Ashraf Ghani government but has neither engaged nor granted global legitimacy to the hard-liner group.

Soon after the Taliban takeover, India's ruling right-wing Bhartiya Janata Party huddled with its various arms -- security, Cabinet, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) -- to craft a suitable strategy to tackle the crisis.

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