TOPIC: India and its neighborhood- relations
4)Discuss the role India can play in the commonwealth of nations and also, discuss why an egalitarian and an inclusive migration policy is vital for increasing the relevance of the organization.(250 words)
Why this question
Recently India participated, after a decade, with huge enthusiasm at home and abroad, attended the CHOGM summit wherein various issues were discussed. India has responded positively to the UK’s attempt to revitalize it, post Brexit scenario. However, commonwealth of nations, as an organization, has been an under-achiever with little relevance vis a vis other forums. And one of the most important issues undermining the efforts to improve the relevance of the organization is the issue of migration. The question is related to GS 2 syllabus- India and its neighborhood- relations. Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreement involving India and/or affecting India’s interests Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.
Key demand of the question
The question wants us to bring forward the role that India can play while being one of the largest economies of the commonwealth. We also have to discuss why migration remains the issue of contention among the members and how it hampers the effectiveness of the the commonwealth of nations.
Discuss- we have to dig deep into the issue and write in detail about;
- What role can be played by India by being a member of Commonwealth- we have to write about what India’s interests will be served by better working of the commonwealth.
- How the current migration policy is not inclusive and egalitarian and how this affects the relevance and importance of commonwealth.
Structure of the answer
Introduction- write a few lines about the composition, history, working mechanism (consensus) of the commonwealth.
Body- divide the body into 2 parts.
In one part, discuss what role can be played by India by being a member of Commonwealth. e.g countering silk road and maritime belt, improving trade within members, gathering more clout and power to negotiate in other forums, technology transfer, labour migration etc.
In the other part discuss, how the current migration policy is not inclusive and egalitarian (e.g UK’s stance on immigrants and refugees) and how this affects the relevance and importance of commonwealth.
Conclusion- draw a concise, succinct conclusion based on the above discussion and briefly suggest the way forward.