Politics Afghanistan's request for Indian troops — It’s an insane idea, which New Delhi must take seriously Updated : January 27, 2020 06:45 AM IST To any half-competent historian, the idea that Afghanistan is a land of untameable savages where order cannot be restored —a favourite trope of Western reportage — is nonsense. If India intends to be taken seriously as a regional power, a status it often seeks, it also needs to be a provider of collective security. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.