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2) Critically analyze the implications of space weaponization programme of US, especially in the context of India.(250 words)

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

2) Critically analyze the implications of space weaponization programme of US, especially in the context of India.(250 words)

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WHY THIS QUESTION

The US has recently expressed its desire to build space weapons. This is an important issue given the shared space resource and implications for security of space infrastructure and capability to initiate a space weaponization race among countries. The issue is related to GS-2  syllabus under the following heading-

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

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to analyze the issue of space weaponization thoroughly. We have to discuss the implications of such a decision globally and on India. Based on our discussion,  we have to come with an opinion on the issue.

Directive word

Critically analyze- here we have to dig deep into the issue, bring out all the related and important aspects and come up with a personal opinion on the issue.

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Mention that the space is a region with increasing commercial, civil, international and military interests and investments. Also mention the recent decision by US to to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces.

Body

  • Discuss the implications of such an act. E.g initiating a space weaponization race ( Russia, China); space wars; vulnerability of critical space infrastructure,  it will undermine international and national security, and disrupt existing arms control instruments, in particular those related to nuclear weapons and missiles etc.
  • Discuss the implications for India. E.g lack of capabilities in the present time, apprehensions from China, lack of an official policy even though India is a party to PAROS

Conclusion– mention the need for commitment to peaceful use of space but when other powers are exploring the options of space weaponization, India should engage with multiple stakeholders directly about the role space weapons will play in India’s grand strategy etc.