By actively engaging in SAARC, India can promote economic opportunities, stability, connectivity, and regional cooperation, ultimately benefiting not only India but the entire South Asian region. Critically Analyse.

Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests 2. By actively engaging in SAARC, India can promote economic opportunities, stability, connectivity, and regional cooperation, ultimately benefiting not only India but the entire South Asian region. Critically Analyse. (250 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: Insights on India Why the question: …

[Mission 2023] INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY 02 March 2023

InstaLinks :  help you think beyond the issue but relevant to the issue from UPSC prelims and Mains exam point of view. These linkages provided in this ‘hint’ format help you frame possible questions ina your mind that might arise(or an examiner might imagine) from each current event. InstaLinks also connect every issue to their …

BIMSTEC:

GS Paper 2: Syllabus: Important International Institutions.   Context: June 6 marked the completion of 25 years since the 1997 Bangkok Declaration launched a modest grouping (of Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand), with the acronym, BIST-EC. Three countries (Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar) joined it later to make it the Bay of Bengal Initiative for …

The future of SAARC remains bleak but it is in India’s interests to take the lead and work collectively towards a secure and prosperous South Asia. Critically Analyse.

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations. 4. The future of SAARC remains bleak but it is in India’s interests to take the lead and work collectively towards a secure and prosperous South Asia. Critically Analyse. (250 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: Insigts on India Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus …

BIMSTEC:

GS Paper 2: Topic covered: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.   Context: BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) completes 25 years of the journey this year that began in Bangkok in June 1997. The fifth summit of BIMSTEC will be held in Colombo on …

Act East Policy:

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered:  India and neighbourhood relations.   Context: A webinar was recently organised on “Act East Policy”.     What is the ‘Act East Policy’? India’s ‘Act East’ policy is a diplomatic initiative to promote economic, strategic and cultural relations with the vast Asia-Pacific region at different levels. It is considered as …

ASEAN:

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   Context: India is in discussion with the 10-nation bloc ASEAN for initiating the review of the FTA (free-trade agreement) in goods between the two regions to seek more market access for domestic products.   Free Trade Agreement (FTA): It is …

ASEAN meet:

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   Context: China has announced USD 1.5 billion development assistance for the ASEAN besides the elevation of the ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership to strengthen security cooperation with the 10-nation bloc, amid the US push into the resource rich Indo-Pacific. Xi …

The Afghan crisis can be a fatal blow to an already moribund SAARC. Do you think India should consider an alternative approach to augment south Asian cooperation sans Pakistan and Afghanistan? Comment. 

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations. 5. The Afghan crisis can be a fatal blow to an already moribund SAARC. Do you think India should consider an alternative approach to augment south Asian cooperation sans Pakistan and Afghanistan? Comment.  (250 words) Difficulty level: Tough Reference: Indian Express Why the question: A meeting of foreign ministers …

The future of SAARC remains bleak but it is in India’s interests to take the lead and work collectively towards a secure and prosperous South Asia. Critically Analyse.

Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests 3. The future of SAARC remains bleak but it is in India’s interests to take the lead and work collectively towards a secure and prosperous South Asia. Critically Analyse. (250 words) Difficulty level: Tough Reference: Indian Express Why the question: The …

Concerns over Afghanistan’s membership in SAARC arise

GS Paper 2 Topics covered: Regional and multilateral institutions   Context: Uncertainty over the present administration in Afghanistan brought about by the Taliban takeover of power has given rise to the membership of the country in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) More on the news SAARC is scheduled to meet in the …

Insights into Editorial: Reclaiming SAARC from the ashes of 2020

  Introduction: South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in recent years: Thirty-six years after it first began, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), appears to be all but dead in the water. The year 2020 marked the sixth year since the leaders of the eight nations that make up SAARC were able …

South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC):

Topics Covered: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests. South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC): Context: 36th Charter Day anniversary of SAARC observed recently. The Charter establishing the Association was signed on December 8, 1985 by the SAARC Heads of States/Governments during first Summit meeting in Dhaka. What is …

South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)

Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate. South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC): Context: Foreign Ministers’ meeting of SAARC Nations was held recently. India’s call: During the meet, India called on all SAARC members to “collectively resolve to defeat the scourge of terrorism, including the forces that nurture, support and …

Insights into Editorial: Reviving SAARC to deal with China

Context: As India-China border tensions continue to fester, a hegemonic China, as part of its global expansionism, is chipping away at India’s interests in South Asia. This should be a major cause for concern for New Delhi. China’s proximity to Pakistan is well known. Nepal is moving closer to China for ideational and material reasons. …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- SAARC: FIGHTING CORONA TOGETHER

   Introduction: Pakistan participated in a video conference of SAARC member countries proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to combat the fast-spreading coronavirus. Pakistan responded positively to PM Modi’s proposal, saying it was ready to participate in the conference, acknowledging that coordinated efforts were needed to minimise the threat posed by the deadly coronavirus. …