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Q.1) As RCEP has now been signed without India, highlight the cost-benefit analyses of India not being part of RCEP. (15 Marks - 250 Words)

Why this question? - Recently, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a mega trade bloc comprising 15 countries led by China came into existence.

Intro - A brief about RCEP.

Body - 

  • Reasons for India walking out of the grouping
  • Implications of this - positive and negative

Way ahead - Joining as an observer, focussing on Atma Nirbhar Bharat.

Conclusion - Summarize based on above discussion.

 

Q.2) For India to overcome the longstanding hiatus in its relations with Canada, it must divert its attention away from politically contentious issues. Analyse. (250 words)

Why this question?

  • The third round of India-Canada Track 1.5 Dialogue, comprising senior diplomats, officials and independent experts, will be addressed by Canadian Foreign Minister and India’s External Affairs Minister  on a virtual platform. Thus the question.

Introduction: Mention a brief background of India-Canada relations 

Body:

  • Current state of bilateral relations
  • Significance of bilateral relations
  • Challenges:
    • Khalistan activism in Canada 
    • There is a lack of a clear plan of action and policy on the part of Ottawa to effectively engage India. 
    • Canada remains an insignificant trading partner
 

Conclusion: It is useful to develop a new framework of cooperation that is more pragmatic and emphasises on mutually beneficial areas, such as trade, where opportunities lies, sidelining the political issues which have jeopardised the relations. 

 

Q.3) India’s high economic growth has been of little value for its under-acknowledged female workers. Comment (15 Marks - 250 Words)

Why this question?

The nearly fifty years since the Committee on the Status of Women in India (CSWI) submitted the report ‘Towards Equality’ to the United Nations (UN)

Intro:

Mention some stats related to poor status of women in work

Body:

  • Mention details of the status of women’s work in India
    • Workforce participation
    • Dramatic fall in absolute employment
    • Poor worldwide Rankings
    • Women in agriculture
    • Status of women in other sectors of the economy etc
  • Unequal impact of COVID-19
  • Women insensitivity in recent labour code
  • Suggest few innovative measure to tackle this challenge

Conclusion:

Mention the path to achieve SDGs

 

Q.4) Explain the indices used in inflation measurement in India. Also elucidate the recent trends in India along with their implications. (15 Marks - 250 Words)

Why this question?

India’s wholesale price inflation recently quickened to the highest level in eight months

Intro:

In brief about impact of COVID-19 on inflation

Body:

  • Details of WPI and CPI
    • Base year 
    • Basket
    • Weightage
    • Types etc
  • Elaborate recent trends in inflation
  • Impact of COVID-19
  • Implications expected

Conclusion:

Mention inflation targeting in India