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2) BIMSTEC is a desirable alternative to SAARC and an extra feather to India’s Act East Policy. Analyse.

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Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests  

2) BIMSTEC is a desirable alternative to SAARC and an extra feather to India’s Act East Policy. Analyse. (250 Words)

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Why this question?

There will be a question on regional agreements. With moribund SAARC, Bay of Bengal where Pakistan is not a member, experts are urging India to use region’s potential by being more proactive.  Important question for Mains-2018

Key demand of the question:

It’s a statement based question where sometimes parts of the questions are not directly evident. However, the meaning of the statement is clear. Also in this question there are TWO main parts that are evident. You have to analyse whether you agree or not with the statement. You may give both sides and provide suggestions too.  

Directive Word:

Analyse: Divide answer into TWO main parts and sub-parts within these two main parts.  

Structure of Answer:

In the introduction in 1-2 lines write importance of Bay of Bengal and why BIMSTEC can be ver useful for India especially when SAARC is not working thanks to uncooperative/uninterested neighbours(give context). In one line you may express your stand (like it’s too early to say BIMSTEC is an alternative or you may strongly agree too – depending on amount of facts you have to substantiate your stance)

In the body, divide answer into TWO main parts: First part to prove/disprove(or give both views) why BIMSTEC is alternative to SAARC. Further divide into small parts to analyse each aspect. In the Second main part, analyse if it’s a feather to India’s Act East Policy (give current affairs examples – Myanmar and Thailand related)

In the conclusion, you may conclude that both are very much needed and should be strengthened. 

Tip: In statement based questions, give context in the introduction.