Topic: Ethical issues in international relations and funding
6) Charity (zakat) is a bedrock of Islam. Compassion is the very core of Buddhism. In the light of issues faced in providing foreign aid to poor and least developed countries, comment on the statement. (150 Words)
Why this question?
It’s related to syllabus topic. It’s also in news.
Key demand of the question:
Register your opinion on issues plaguing foreign aid especially in or related to the Islamic and Buddhist nations.
Comment: Your opinion on this issue should be written based facts.
Structure of Answer:
Write an introduction highlighting dichotomy between principles and actions i.e. how religions and regions that preach compassion and charity have high incidence of suffering.
In the body, divide answer into TWO main parts: One for writing about Islamic world and another for Buddhist world. Within each with examples comment how charity and compassion are playing/not playing an important role in deciding aid to poor. Think of Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, China etc.
In the conclusion observe that foreign aid should be unconditional and should be based on humanitarian considerations rather than national interests.