UPSC 2017 Mains: Editorials Question for Answer Writing Practice – July 05
Today’s important editorials and articles from The Hindu, The Indian Express, LiveMint and other major newspapers for UPSC Mains exam preparation. Also find below some probable questions on the editorials for answer writing practice.
Write a note on India Israel Relations and what impact will the ongoing visit of India’s PM have on it?.
Some keywords from the editorials for answer writing
Israel was created in 1948
India had formally recognised Israel in September 1950
in 1992 India finally established diplomatic relations with Israel
During the last 25 years,
military, economic and modest cultural relations have blossomed
In recent years, bilateral ties have extended to areas such as education, science and technology and homeland security.
Both countries have friendly political ties
cultural and academic links between India and Israel are poor and under-funded
Trade and economic Relations
The bilateral trade is wear down around $4.5 billion from $5.19 billion in 2011, $200 million in 1992 (comprising primarily trade in diamonds)
The diamonds constitutes close to 50% of bilateral trade between both countries.
In recent times trade has diversified into several sectors such as
IT and telecom and
Major exports from India to Israel include
precious stones and metals,
textiles and textile articles,
plants and vegetable products, and
Major imports by India from Israel include
precious stones and metals,
chemicals (mainly potash) and mineral products,
base metals and machinery and
Modi’s visit to Israel is a turning point indeed.
During the course of Modi’s visit,
focus of discussions will be the economic relations
For the long-term stability of the relationship, cultural links have to be strengthened
Many Indians aren’t familiar with Judaism and do not quite know where and what Israel is.
On the Israeli side, many youngsters now visit India after military service—but they see the country as a strange, exotic place that’s not expensive and where they can relax for a bit. Hopefully, now they will also learn that India is a growing strategic heavyweight that has much to offer.
Another important factor in bilateral ties will be the Indian diaspora.
members of the Indian diaspora have had limited success and, so far, no major impact on the India-Israel relationship.
But this could be changing now, not least due to India’s repeated invitation to its Jewish diaspora to play an active role in strengthening India-Israel ties.
What do Israelis expect from India in the future?
to increase economic and trade relations as fast as possible.
They want India’s big industrial conglomerates, which have a presence in every continent, to invest in Israel.
Israelis would like India to take an even-handed approach towards its friend in international fora and perhaps stand up for Israel:
Instead of abstaining, India could consider voting against anti-Israel resolutions at the UN;
it could convince its non-Muslim neighbours to stop automatically supporting every anti-Israel UN resolution;
India could also tell the ayatollahs in Iran that weekly threats to “wipe Israel off the map” are unacceptable.
Well-informed Israelis know that all this will not happen anytime soon. But when the time comes, India could play a calming role in the Middle East—for as its power advances, its voice will be heard more.