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2) Critically comment on the extent and implications of poor unity in South Asia in general and  India, Pakistan and Bangladesh (IPB) in particular. 

Topic: India and its neighbourhood relations

2) Critically comment on the extent and implications of poor unity in South Asia in general and  India, Pakistan and Bangladesh (IPB) in particular.  (250 Words)

The Hindu

 

Why this question?

Neighbourhood affair is always the most important topic in IR from GS perspective. In the current game of brinksmanship being played out between India and China, South Asia becomes even more important.

Key demand of the question:

The question is asking us about the extent of poor unity in South Asia and the implications of it. In extent we have to mention about the different fields where South Asia in general and IPB in particular is not integrated. Thereafter, we have to comment on the implications of it in various fields.

Directive Word:

Critically comment – To this question most of us tend to provide facts on extent, and implications, but it demands a fair opinion from our part based on evidences. Here one can form an opinion on how poor unity is constraining our development and emergence of India as a major power.

Structure of Answer:

In the introduction, write about some of the current events that highlight the lack of unity. Thereafter, mention that both the extent and implications are multifaceted. Also mention that the issue is closely linked to global power play since China is also in the picture.

The body of this answer is to be divided into two parts. In the first part, talk about the extent of disunity – institutional, social, political, infrastructural etc. In the second part, similarly talk about the implications.

The conclusion should mention your overall opinion on what we are missing as a result of this disunity.