Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
4)SCO provides immense opportunities for India provided India understands the dynamics of the region and of individual nations of SCO. Critically analyze the statement in light of the recently held SCO summit.(250 words)
Why this question
With the conclusion of the recent SCO summit, where India and Pakistan participated as full members for the first time, SCO has opened up several opportunities as well as certain risks to be mindful of. Analysing the impact that SCO would have on India’s overall role in central Asian region and relations with member nations of SCO is important.
Key demand of the question
The question expects us to analyze the opportunities that membership of SCO provides for India. However the question puts a rider that India has to understand the dynamics of Central Asian region and the member countries of SCO. We have to critically analyse this view, by providing arguments in favour of and against the given view. Finally we have to provide our view.
Critically analyze – When asked to analyze, 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. You need to conclude with a fair judgement, after analyzing the nature of each component part and interrelationship between them.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Talk about the recent summit of SCO in Qingdao and the other geopolitical developments around the time which will have an impact on SCO and its members.
Body – Highlight the importance of SCO for India – focus on the advantages that India can gain in bilateral relations and in the larger Eurasian region. To critically analyze the view expressed in the question, we need to first analyze how understanding the dynamics of the region and of bilateral relations is important for gaining the maximum out of SCO. On the other hand, also point out that the opportunities for India groom SCO is going to be limited because of certain challenges – discuss the challenges.
Conclusion – provide a fair and balanced viewpoint and way forward.