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Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
2. In the conditions of the , remark on India’s stakes in Iraq and comment on what should be India’s role in invigorating its bilateral connections with Iraq. (250 Words)
Why this question:
The question is amidst the Political crisis currently witnessing Iraq.
Key demand of the question:
One must explain the situation in Iraq currently and discuss the associated concerns, explain the stakes India holds in Iraq and the role it should play.
Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.
Structure of the answer:
In brief give a background of the political crisis the country is witnessing.
Trace the events over the timeline.
In the late 1970s, Iraq which was endowed with both oil and water, and a relatively modern citizenry, was doing well compared to other countries in the neighborhood.
Ironically, since then, Iraq has endured four decades of near-ceaseless depredations with three ‘Mother of All Battles’, economic sanctions, occupation, and existential duels with al Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS).
Recently, it has been crippled by agitations led by youth railing against the lack of employment, decaying state of civic amenities, and foreign domination.
On December 1, the Iraqi Parliament accepted the resignation of the Prime minister throwing the country into a fresh bout of political instability.
Comment on the stakes that India holds in the region.
Conclude with what can be done to overcome the crisis in the country while emphasizing on the role of India in it.