Topic -Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country.
6) Critically analyze whether it is prudent to go the GM way for solution to the hunger problem?(250 words)
Why this question
The article discusses the debate with respect to genetic modified crops. GM crops are intensely researched and debated and each time there is a new GM crop being introduced the debate intensifies. Hence this question would enable you to form your perspective on GM crops.
Key demand of the question
The question expects us to discuss the debate with respect to GM crops, highlight the pros and cons and provide a fair and balanced opinion with respect to the future of GM crops.
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 – Give an overview of the debate.
Body – Discuss the pros and cons of GM crops. In pros, we have to bring out facts such as increased productivity, pest resistance etc. Discuss cons such as the fact that pests develop resistance etc. Highlight the experience of India with crops such as Bt cotton, Bt brinjal etc. Discuss whether the regulatory framework in India is adequate to deal with the cons of GM crops.
Conclusion – Give a fair and balanced opinion and discuss the way forward.