Q.5)The Indo-Iran cooperation is important for India in terms of its connectivity to central Asia. Discuss in the light of recent developments on the Chabahar project.

Why this question:

Recently, India has handed over mobile harbor cranes to Chabahar port.

Key demand of the Question: 

Importance of Chabahar project for India and the recent issues it has been facing and key solutions for their resolution


Discuss- back up the answer by carefully selected evidence to make a case for and against an argument, or point out the advantages and disadvantages of the given context and finally arrive at a conclusion.


Give a brief introduction about the Chabahar project, its components and the Indo- Iran cooperation in this context.


In the first part, mention the significance of the Chabahar project for India- connectivity, economic, strategic and geopolitical.

In the next part, mention the recent developments over the project- Iran dropping India from the Chabahar Rail project citing funding delays from India side in beginning and funding the project. Mention the reasons for such a decision by Iran in context of US sanctions on Iran and the hesitation among India to go ahead with the project.


Conclude with a way forward in the context of change of regime in the US and chances of better relations between US and Iran.