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Amidst the newly signed Bodo Agreement, there is a need to ensure that a Bodo solution does not create a non-Bodo problem. Analyse.

Topic:  Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

1. Amidst the newly signed Bodo Agreement, there is a need to ensure that a Bodo solution does not create a non-Bodo problem. Analyse. (250 words)

Reference: The Hindu

Why this question:

The Ministry of Home Affairs, Assam government and Bodo groups including the All Bodo Students’ Union and militant outfits signed an agreement on January 27, 2020. The article highlights the possible happenings thereafter.

Key demand of the question:

The answer must provide for a detailed analysis of the striking of the Bodo agreement and the threats that it possibly poses at the non-Bodo people of Assam and what needs to be done to address the issue.

Directive:

Analyze – When asked to analyse, 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.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with the coming of the Bodo accord.

Body:

Explain briefly the details of the accord that was recently signed. The new deal offers more hope than the earlier accords. Some of the most powerful factions of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland that had stayed away from the earlier agreements of 1993 and 2003 accords are now on board. Significantly, the stakeholders have agreed that the updated political arrangements would remain confined to the realm of wider autonomy within the State of Assam. The stakeholders have given up the demand for separate statehood and Union Territory. Then move onto explain the concerns involved – Social-political contestation, Concerns among the hill tribes, possible Ripple effect of the Bodo pact etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude that there is a need to ensure that a Bodo solution does not create a non-Bodo problem.