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3) What is digital protectionism? Is digital protectionism good for India as it has been good for China so far? Analyse.

Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.

3) What is digital protectionism? Is digital protectionism good for India as it has been good for China so far? Analyse. (250 Words)

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Why this question?

It’s a new and evolving concept. It’s important for Mains-2018 (there have been questions on protectionism). 

Key demand of the question:

Explain the concept (how well you understand it) and then analyse if it’s going to be good for India to protect its digital companies as is done by China. 

Directive Word:

Analyse: Apart from TWO main parts that are there in question, divide the Second part into sub-parts and examine if it’s going to help India or not.   

Structure of Answer:

In the introduction write in 2-3 lines about new frontier in protectionism i.e. digital and its likely impact on global order(US-China equations) and India’s aspirations. Write a line about your opinion on impact on India (good or bad).

Define digital protectionism. Give 2 examples. 

In the body, divide answer 4-5 categories and examine/opine if digital protectionism will be good for India or not. For each category(such as digital economy, privacy, innovation etc), try to compare with China’s example. 

In the conclusion, write in 1-2 lines on need for India to create an appropriate ecosystem for digital innovations before competing with US and China (we don’t have our own Alibaba, Weibo etc to protect!!)

TIP: Whenever you encounter new concepts such as these, definitely attempt these type of questions in Secure