Chapter 7

India-Afghanistan Relationship

It was truly observed by Jawahar Lal Nehru, ‘As between Afghanistan and India, I cannot remember any point of real difference, and they take each other for granted.’133 India-Afghanistan relations have been intertwined in the history and the geography of the South-Asian subcontinent. Right from the days of Bamiyan Buddha statues, India and Afghanistan have been reinforcing each other’s cultural enrichment.

Afghanistan has been a significant route to the India for the outside world through the selected passes of Khyber and Bolan. The invasion of Huns, Kushans, Alexander, Mongols and Mughals took place through these passes. Similarly, the cultural ambassadors like Fa-Hien also came through this route known ...

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