Topic-Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests.
3) Discuss the relevance of SAARC in India’s foreign policy and examine whether BIMSTEC is more suited to India’s interests?(250 words)
Key demand of the question
The question expects us to discuss the status quo of SAARC, the reason why regional connectivity is important both from an Indian as well as a regional point of view. Thereafter, we need to discuss the shortcomings of SAARC and examine why BIMSTEC is more crucial for fulfilling India’s vision for the region.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Explain about the lack of cohesiveness in South Asia which has not allowed countries in the region to tackle their developmental deficit together.
- Discuss the content of India’s foreign policy with respect to South Asian region and why an effective regional grouping such as SAARC or BIMSTEC would be beneficial for India
- Discuss the agreements that India was planning with SAARC such as electricity grid connectivity, transport corridor etc . Discuss why achieving these aims through SAARC proved difficult
- Highlight the opportunities provided by BIMSTEC and discuss the way forward wrt BIMSTEC.
Conclusion – Give your view and discuss way forward.