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Discuss the role of women in evolving a knowledge economy and narrowing the gender inequality in the Indian context.

Topic:  Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment. Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.

4. Discuss the role of women in evolving a knowledge economy and narrowing the gender inequality in the Indian context. (250 words)

Reference:  Live Mint

Why this question:

The article discusses at length the possible contributions that the women are making to the knowledge economy in the country.

Key demand of the question:

The answer must discuss the significance of women in evolving a knowledge economy and narrowing the gender inequality in the Indian context.

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 explain what knowledge economy are.

Body:

Highlight that the Indian economic success requires scientific skills that can foster a knowledge economy, the emergence of which depends on how gender balanced the workforce is. Explain the present scenario – list down the challenges that women face in contributing to the knowledge economy. Then explain why women are key to the economy despite the above mentioned concerns and challenges? Highlight their potential.

Conclusion:

Conclude by policies of the government in this direction; explain what should be done to harness the contribution of women to the knowledge economy.