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The raging bushfires of Australia give India and Australia a chance to deepen their dialogue, including on energy. How far can the two countries seek amidst a tragedy, an opportunity? Discuss.

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

3.  The raging bushfires of Australia give India and Australia a chance to deepen their dialogue, including on energy. How far can the two countries seek amidst a tragedy, an opportunity? Discuss. (250 words)

The Hindu

Why this question:

Today, with wildfires burning more than 12 million hectares of land, destroying native flora, killing thousands of wild animals, including endangered species, and displacing residents and tourists, Australia is confronted with a dystopian vision, where “apocalypse becomes the new normal”.

Key demand of the question:

Discuss in what way the Bush fires present New Delhi and Canberra a rare opportunity to translate their rapidly converging interests and coalescing of values into a formidable partnership for the 21st century.

Directive:

Discuss – This 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:

Briefly state the situation of Bush fires in Australia, explain the severity.

Body:

Briefly discuss what bush fires are and what leads to them.

Discuss that with this incident debate on global warming, climate change and fossil fuels are going to intensify.

Explain the significance of the disaster to Australia-India relationship.

Discuss the scope for partnership.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward and assert the significance of partnership between the two countries on this front.