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At the moment, India is one of the few countries which have major interest in international seaborne trade. In the backdrop of such a situation critically examine the role played by India in the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Topic:  Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora. Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

4. At the moment, India is one of the few countries which have major interest in international seaborne trade. In the backdrop of such a situation critically examine the role played by India in the International Maritime Organization (IMO). (250 words)

Reference: The Hindu

Why this question:

The article presents a detailed analysis of case of a maritime presence adrift.

Key demand of the question:

The answer must discuss the role India has to play in International Maritime Organization (IMO) as a key player that is seeking to enhance its interest in international seaborne trade.

Directive:

Critically examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we have to look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgment.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly explain the importance of IMO.

Body:

Discuss in detail the India’s negligible presence and interventions in the International Maritime Organization, which is affecting its interests. Argue that it’s high time that India should regain its status as a major maritime power. Highlight the inadequate presence and interventions of India in the organization. Discuss the recent decisions in this direction.

Conclusion:

Conclude by reasserting the prospects of key role that India needs to take in the organization.