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India’s substantive engagement of the past with Afghanistan was aimed at the realisation of a stable polity and it remains the most viable option as Afghanistan enters a new phase in its turbulent political evolution. Examine.

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

3. India’s substantive engagement of the past with Afghanistan was aimed at the realisation of a stable polity and it remains the most viable option as Afghanistan enters a new phase in its turbulent political evolution. Examine. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Indian Express

Why the question:

New Delhi’s decision to send a consignment of medicines to Afghanistan is another sign that the government is now coming around to the reality of the Taliban regime in Kabul and is finding ways to reach out to them.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the course of action India must pursue to protect its interests in Afghanistan in the wake of Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

Directive word:

 Analyse – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin the providing context as to the paradigm shift of political power in Afghanistan and its impact on India.

Body:

In brief, using a flow chart, trace the Indo-Afghan relationship till date.

Write about the strategic interests of India in Afghanistan – India’s trade and investment, India and Afghanistan strategic partnership, India’s development portfolio in Afghanistan, gateway to Central Asia and Linkages with Iran especially the Chabahar port etc.

Next, suggest reasons as to why India must diplomatically engage with Taliban and incorporate new changes to his Afghan Policy. This part must be written comprehensively and must cover protecting strategic interests, the Pakistan angle, Recognition by international powers and need to be proactive in geo-politics.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward which summarises that India needs to engage in order to protect its own interests.