Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation
3. Looking at the Himalayas only through the prism of geopolitics and security concerns ignores it of its other crucial interests for humanity, comment. (250 words)
Reference: The Hindu
Why the question:
The article highlights how the countries of the Himalayas have to look beyond geopolitics and security to protect the interest of humanity.
Key Demand of the question:
One has to explain that the Himalaya is a naturally evolved phenomenon should be understood through frameworks that have grown from within the Himalaya. Viewing the Himalayas as a space of political power is a violent choice, which actually enriched ultra-sensitivity towards territorial claims and border management.
Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.
Structure of the answer:
Start with importance of Himalayas first.
Discuss first how a conceptual audit of questions related to geopolitics and security concerns while talking or thinking about the Himalaya is perhaps long overdue.
Brief about the significance of Himalayas to the entire humanity.
Talk about the territorialisation of the Himalayas is still prevalent.
Discuss what should be the approach towards Himalayas; Human security cannot be effectively appreciated through the paradigm of sovereign territoriality. So, to protect the interest of humanity, the nation-states have to come together. Anthropological, historical, cultural, and ecological ones have to take privilege over the statist meaning (territoriality, sovereignty, and difference)
Conclude that time has come when we need to take position between the Himalayas as a national space and as a space of dwelling, instead of avoiding our encounter with this ambivalence.