Inside JGU 2019 - Issue 8 (August)

Centre for Afghanistan Studies hosts student visit to Afghan Embassy

The Centre for Afghanistan Studies (CAS) organised a field trip to the embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on the 8th of August 2019. A group of 16 students from the Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA), accompanied by Dr. Raghav Sharma, Associate Professor, JSIA and Director, CAS and Bilquees Daud, Senior Research Associate, JSIA were visited the embassy, interacted with diplomats and had a taste of the culture of Afghanistan.

A brief report on the trip is below.

A Trip to the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi

By Mahita Valluri (BA (Hons.) Global Affairs, JSIA 18) & Vasudha A, (BA (Hons.) Global Affairs, JSIA 17)

The Centre for Afghanistan Studies organised a field trip to the embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on the 8th of August. A group of 16 JSIA students, accompanying by Prof. Raghav Sharma and Bilquees Daud, were given the opportunity to visit the embassy, interact with diplomats and have a taste of the culture of Afghanistan.

A glimpse into the behind the scenes of an Embassy is access not attained by many. The visit began with a briefing of the inner workings of the Embassy by the recently appointed Charge D’affaires, Mr. Tahir Quadiry. The interaction varied from discussing the current political situation to the culture of Afghanistan as well as addressing a few questions that some of the students had for the diplomats.

The Charge D’affaires, Mr. Tahir Quadiry was charming, lively and keen as he interacted with the students over green tea and crispy biscuits. He introduced the key attachés in the embassy, all of whom were happy to engage with the students.

The Charge D’affaires introduced the students to the concept of ‘New Afghanistan’ and enlightened them about the youth of the nation and the activities they engage in to bring about change in their society. He also shared his optimistic view about the future of the nation with the students.

The Charge D’affaires addressed the importance of technology in shaping the bilateral relations between countries and the chaos around new age journalism, as well as the role social media agencies like twitter, Instagram, and Facebook play in influencing relations between states. Along with these facts, the diplomats amused the students with some hilarious anecdotes regarding the misunderstandings amongst the people about the functions of the embassy and shed some light over the interesting and unique historical ties shared by the two countries.

After a detailed tour of the embassy, the Charge D’affaires joined the students for lunch which consisted of Afghani food which was relished by everyone. Mr. Quadiry and his team were so very hospitable.  At the end of the day, the students left the Embassy with knowledge of the workings of an Embassy, holding a journal, amongst other souvenirs, that explained in detail the bilateral relations shared amongst Afghanistan and India. It was an informative and unique experience for all those present- students, faculty and the diplomats as well.