India and World

India and World


Indian Diaspora
Previous year questions

  1. Indian Diaspora has an important role to play in South-East Asian countries’ economy and society. Appraise the role of Indian Diaspora in South- East Asia in this context (2017)
  2. Write a short analytical note on Indian Diaspora. How is the “New Diaspora” different from the “Old Diaspora”? (2012)

RAG Topics



  1. Diaspora in Arab countries and Remittance fall down



Quick bytes

  1. Thousand talents programme : Repatriation of Chinese scientists
  2. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas: 3C – Connect, Celebrate and Contribute
  3. It is not just the contribution of the diaspora through FDI, remittances and the transfer of knowledge and entrepreneurial means. It is also the positive contribution the diaspora has played in contributing to the rise of the services sector in India, especially in the IT and ITES sectors. Most importantly, the Indian diaspora is also active in local politics in countries like the U.K. and Canada, while the Indian lobby has begun to assert itself in cases such as the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal.


Previous year questions

  1. What are the main functions of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)? Explain different functional commissions attached to it.  (2017)
  2. Discuss the impediments India is facing in its pursuit of a permanent seat in UN Security Council. (2015)

RAG Topics



  1. UNSC reforms


  1. UNESCO heritage site
  2. The International Year of Light – 2015



Peace & War
RAG Topics



  1. Understanding the crisis in the Korean Peninsula
  2. Colombia and FARC agreement to end Civil War
  3. Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR)


  1. Yemen crisis


  1. South Sudan Crisis

Quick bytes

  1. Principle challenges to global order (a) China’s rise and its aggressive peripheral diplomacy (b) Russia decline (c) Europe’s incoherence (d) Americas indifference

Practice questions

  1. How India’s security scenarios will be impacted due to India’s entry into Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR)?
  2. India must be prepared for two-front war. Discuss
  3. Pyongyang’s nukes are both a guarantor of the survival of the Kim dynasty and a conundrum for the international community.Critically analyse


Previous year questions

  1. What are the key areas of reform if the WTO has to survive in the present context of ‘Trade War’, especially keeping in mind the interest of India? (2018)
  2. “The broader aims and objectives of WTO are to manage and promote international trade in the era of globalization. But the Doha round of negotiations seem doomed due to differences between the developed and the developing countries.” Discuss in the Indian perspective. (2016)
  3. WTO is an important international institution where decisions taken affect countries in profound manner. What is the mandate of WTO and how binding are their decisions? Critically analyse India’s stand on the latest round of talks on Food security.(2014)
  4. The World Bank and the IMF, collectively known as the Bretton Woods Institutions, are the two inter-governmental pillars supporting the structure of the world’s economic and financial order. Superficially, the World Bank and the IMF exhibit many common characteristics, yet their role, functions and mandate are distinctly different. Elucidate. (2013)
  5. Why is international trade perceived to have failed to act as an “engine of growth” in many developing countries including India? (2012)

RAG Topics



  1. Use the WTO system effectively
  2. Nairobi meeting
  3. India & USA cases in WTO


  1. IMF & India (Quota reforms)


  1. Doha Rounds

Practice questions

  1. Developed countries are realizing that free trade is not free after all. It means competition. Discuss the changing the roles of WTO in modern times.
  2. WTO has contributed towards the stability and predictability of the world trading system and also helped in stemming protectionism. Do you agree? Justify


Previous year questions

  1. The aim of Information Technology Agreements (ITAs) is to lower all taxes and tariffs on information technology products by signatories to zero. What impact should such agreements have on India’s interests? (2014)
  2. Some of the International funding agencies have special terms for economic participation stipulating a substantial component of the aid to be used for sourcing equipment from the leading countries. Discuss on merits of such terms and if, there exists a strong case not to accept such conditions in the Indian context. (2014)
  3. India has recently signed to become founding a New Development Bank (NDB) and also the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) .How will the role of the two Banks be different? Discuss the significance of these two Banks for India.(2014)
  4. Why have the resource rich African and South Asian countries remained poor of decades? Explain. (2012)

RAG Topics



  1. G20
  2. FTA harmful or helpful
  3. Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT)



Quick Bytes

  1. India a lab to learn about what works in development’ – World Bank CEO

Practice questions

  1. Is ‘My country first’ policy a threat to global goals? Justify your answer with examples
  2. What are the strategic consequences of US abandoning TPP?
  3. Critically analyze the benefits of RCEP to Indian economy.


Previous year questions

  1. In what ways would the ongoing US-Iran Nuclear Pact Controversy affect the national interest of India? How should India respond to its situation? (2018)
  2. “As regards the increasing rates of melting of Arctic Sea ice, the interests of the Arctic Council nations may not coincide with those of the wider World.” Explain. (2011)
  3. It there still a role for the concept of balance of power in contemporary international politics? Discuss. (2011)

RAG Topics



  1. Migration crisis in Europe
  2. Crisis in Korean Peninsula
  3. The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)


  1. Iran nuclear deal
  2. China-Taiwan relations

Practice questions

  1. Can Korean Peninsula go from geopolitical flashpoint to stable place of peace? Explain
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