Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
5) Critically examine whether India should sign the COMCASA agreement.(250 words)
Why this question
The issue is related to GS – 2 syllabus under the following heading
Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to bring out and discuss the implications of signing the COMCASA and form a personal opinion on the issue.
Critically examine- We have to dig deep into the issue and bring out the causes/ implications of signing the agreement and then take an ultimate call on the issue.
Structure of the answer
Introduction– Expand the abv COMCASA and describe the nature of the agreement briefly.
- Discuss the need to sign the agreement with US. e.g getting access to obtain critical, secure and encrypted defence technologies for precision armament, air-to-air missiles, space systems and navigation systems that are critical components in platforms like fighter aircraft and unmanned aerial systems etc.
- Discuss the negative implications of signing the agreement. E.g loss of operational independence, fall in interoperability, need to upgrade whole weapon system suite/ machinery, estrangement with Russia etc.
Conclusion– based on the above discussion, form a fair, balanced and a concise opinion on the overall issue of signing COMCASA. If signed what precautions should be taken and what should be ensured etc.