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6) Critically examine whether India’s drone policy is unnecessarily rigorous and sweeping?(250 words)

Topic Internal security

6) Critically examine whether India’s drone policy is unnecessarily rigorous and sweeping?(250 words)


Why this question

The article discusses India’s new drone policy and the lacunae in the policy. The article examines the reasons why India’s policy may be considered as unnecessarily rigorous and sweeping. Since the applications of drones is immense, the policy and its critical analysis needs to be prepared in detail.

Key demand of the question

The question expects us to bring out the policy prescriptions in the drone policy. Next, we need to highlight the growing application of drones in various sector to prove its ubiquitous nature. Next, we need to discuss the pros and cons of the policy to examine whether the policy prescriptions are unnecessarily rigorous and sweeping. Finally, we need to provide a fair and balanced conclusion and discuss the way forward.

Directive word

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. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, all you need to do is look at the good and bad of something and give a fair judgement.

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Explain that so far India did not have a drone policy which led to issues with internal security, air safety etc. Thus a policy was much needed.

Body – Discuss the policy prescriptions suggested for drones in India’s new drone policy. Highlight the growing applications of drones in various fields – recent Goldman Sachs report said the global spending on UAVs over the next five years will be approximately $100 billion. A large chunk of this spending is likely to be on the commercial and civil sector. Discuss the pros and cons of the new policy as discussed in the above article and elsewhere.

Conclusion – give a fair and balanced view on the policy, whether it is unnecessarily rigorous and sweeping and discuss the way forward.