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India’s engagement with the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is critical for promoting its interests in the region. Through its membership in the SCO, India can enhance regional connectivity, address security concerns, access energy resources, and balance China’s influence in the region. Analyse.

Topic: Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

2. India’s engagement with the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is critical for promoting its interests in the region. Through its membership in the SCO, India can enhance regional connectivity, address security concerns, access energy resources, and balance China’s influence in the region. Analyse. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Indian ExpressInsights on India

Why the question:

The article discusses the recent meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and highlights the growing role of China in the region, which poses a challenge for India.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the how India can use SCO for promoting its interests in the region.

Directive word: 

Analyse – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by writing about aims and objectives of SCO.

Body:

In the first part, write about the various disagreements withing the SCO – India-China, Russia-China, Impact of Ukraine war, lack of consensus etc

Next, Highlight the importance of SCO for India – focus on the advantages that India can gain in bilateral relations and in the larger Eurasian region.

Next, write the measures that need to be taken by India to further its interests.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward.