Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
2) What do you understand by ‘Shanghai spirit’? Discuss what is the strategic importance of SCO for India?(250 words)
Why this question:
The Indian delegation is participating in the second Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Mass Media Forum at Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan. Thus it is important for us to analyse the its importance for India.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must evaluate what is Shanghai’s spirit and its significance to India.
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:
In a few introductory lines explain what you understand by Shanghai spirit.
Body of the answer to capture the following dimensions:
- The Shanghai Spirit — the core value of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) — has played a significant role in safeguarding regional security and promoting regional development.
- The “Shanghai spirit” is about mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, consultation, respect for cultural diversity and pursuit of common development among the SCO members.
- Then move on to discuss Why SCO is important for India?
Conclude with what should be the way forward.