The visit by Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi to Russia starting today is an extremely crucial one. Terrorism, defence deals and the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose files will be on the agenda. Talks in Russia on terrorism will be crucial as it would focus on Afghanistan. The talks would also help India take a stand when the PM visits Afghanistan on Dec 25. Both India and Russia have a common problem in Afghanistan and this would be a subject matter of discussion.
The Netaji files:
Modi had assured the family members of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose that files would be declassified in January. He also assured that he would take up the matter with Russia as there are several files over there too. It is believed that Netaji was in Russia and the KGB had files relating to him. Bose researchers feel that the mystery will solved to a great extent if the files in New Delhi and Russia are de-classified. They have argued that Netaji did not die in a plane crash, but had gone to Russia instead. The files in Russia will help solve that mystery to a large extent.
Talks on terror:
Russia is currently engaging in Syria against the ISIS. However, India will not focus on Syria as it has indicated clearly that it will not join the global coalition against the ISIS unless the war is being fought under the United Nations. For both India and Russia the common problem would lie in Afghanistan. The Taliban and the ISIS are a problem for both India and Russia. India would want stability in the region and for this it is important that both the ISIS and the Taliban are defeated.
Both India and Russia will discuss ways on how to combat this problem. Modi will be in Afghanistan on December 25th and the Taliban will be high on the agenda. The Taliban has always made its displeasure clear about India. A day prior to Modi being sworn in as the Prime Minister, the Taliban had hit an Indian mission at Herat. Further the Taliban has extensively targeted Indian installations in Kabul and other parts of Afghanistan.