Topic: Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India). Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
5. ‘India’s location makes it vulnerable to narcotic drug trafficking’. Discuss the increasing trend in drug trafficking and counter measures taken by India. (250 words)
Why the question:
The question aims to discuss the increasing trend in drug trafficking and counter measures taken by India and in what way India’s location makes it more vulnerable.
Key Demand of the question:
Explain in detail the issue of narcotic drug trafficking in the country, increasing trend in drug trafficking and counter measures taken by India.
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:
India has been a traditional consumer of opium and cannabis derivatives, the trends and patterns of drug trafficking demonstrate that there is a gradual shift from traditional/natural drugs towards synthetic drugs that are being trafficked and consumed in the country.
Start by explaining the geographical location aspect of India. Closer to the Golden Crescent and Golden Triangle, India has been vulnerable to the trafficking of narcotics and drugs such as heroin, hashish, and synthetic drugs produced in these areas.
Increased production of opium in Afghanistan, greater domestic demand in India, and connivance of state government officials and border guarding forces together contributed towards this increase in heroin trafficking, especially in the Punjab sector. Then explain the trends in drug and narcotics trafficking; explain how it’s a threat to national security.
Discuss efforts of the government in this direction.
Conclude with way forward.