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4) The India-Pakistan face-off on bilateral trade can result into more repercussions than intended, with border economies the worst hit. Do you agree? Discuss the consequences.(250 words)

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

4) The India-Pakistan face-off on bilateral trade can result into more repercussions than intended, with border economies the worst hit. Do you agree? Discuss the consequences.(250 words)

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Why this question:

The article captures the ongoing trade-off between India and Pakistan post abrogation of Article 370 by the government of India.

Key demand of the question:

Explain the issue in detail, provide for the nuances of the burning issues between India and Pakistan with special focus on trade.

Directive:

DiscussThis 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:

Introduction: 

In brief narrate the recent trade issues between the two countries and the hostilities associated.

Body:

First discuss the nature of trade across the borders of India and Pakistan.

Discuss the bilateral trade factor.’

Elucidate upon the factor of border economies.

Explain that In the spirit of nationalism, the trade fraternity on both sides, by and large, has stood by their respective governments. But locals in border economies on both sides have mouths to feed, which calls for a solution. 

Suggest what are the possible alternative sources of livelihood that can be generated to keep border economies afloat?

Conclusion:

Conclude with possible solutions and way forward.