Topic – Indian Geography: Issues
6) Critically analyze the need for multiple time zones in India?(250 words)
Why this question
The debate over the need to have multiple time zones in India has always been there considering India’s vast longitudinal extent. However, a recent report by CSIR – NPL itself argues for having two time zones in India which means the topic needs to be prepared.
Key demand of the question
The question expects us to first explain what is meant by multiple time zones – the basic geography behind it. Thereafter, we need to discuss the proposal of CSIR – NPL and analyze its pros and cons. Finally, we need to give a fair and balanced opinion and discuss way forward.
Critically analyze – When asked to analyze, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, all you need to do is look at the good and bad of something and give a fair judgement.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Explain in brief how time is maintained.
Body – First, discuss the proposal of CSIR NPL. Thereafter discuss the pros and cons of such a move. Eg on the pros side, we can discuss energy savings etc. On the cons side, one can talk about the practicality of such a solution.
Conclusion – Based on arguments made above, we need to provide a fair and balanced opinion and discuss way forward.