Gautam Mukhopadhaya, IFS, has served in various capacities in Indian Embassies and Missions, including as Ambassador to Afghanistan (2010-13) as well as Syria and Myanmar. Following the ouster of the Taliban in Afghanistan in November 2001, he reopened the Indian Embassy in Kabul that month.
The Taliban have seized Kabul. What explains the capitulation of the US and Afghan forces? And what should India do in this crisis, given its past reluctance to talk with the Taliban?