Logical Reasoning Set 2: One of the key challenges facing Indian diplomacy in the subcontinent is to convince its neighbors that India isn’t a threat but an opportunity. Rather than feeling surrounded or uneasy about India, they should view it as a gateway to a vast market and a thriving, expanding economy that can offer their own economies greater prospects than more distant partners or even their domestic markets. This goes beyond just economic advantages; as David Malone suggests, focusing on economic cooperation can serve as a starting point that makes tackling more divisive issues like terrorism, separatism, insurgency, religious fundamentalism, and ethnic strife more likely to succeed.
The winds of change are evident in South Asia, with a clear trend toward democratic consolidation in all the region’s countries, each having conducted elections within the last three years. Some neighbors have made notable progress in overcoming internal conflicts, while others are actively engaged in the process.
For India to realize its global potential, it is imperative to coexist peacefully with its neighbors, fostering mutual security, harmony, and cooperation. Just as Nehru cherished Robert Frost’s timeless lines “Miles to go before I sleep,” Shastri drew inspiration from Guru Nanak’s words, reminding us to be humble like grass, resilient and evergreen. Shastri, often seen as a man of modest stature, possessed the mind and heart of a giant. His vision of peaceful coexistence with neighbors, embodying the demeanor, modesty, and freshness of grass, might well be India’s best path to ensuring that its dreams stay evergreen in its own backyard.
What are some difficulties that India is facing, according to the passage?
(A) Fostering a sense of strength and security in the neighborhood.
(B) Showcasing India as a welcoming land full of possibilities.
(C) Encouraging economic collaboration with neighbors.
(D) Promoting peaceful engagement for mutual growth and opportunities.
CORRECT OPTION: B
How can India enhance its global standing by fostering peaceful relationships, mutual security, harmony, and cooperation with its neighboring countries?
(A) Finding a balance between peace and prosperity can be challenging, as they may not always go hand in hand.
(B) Instead of asserting dominance, India could focus on building strong and collaborative relationships with its neighbors.
(C) India’s remarkable growth is closely tied to the idea of peacefully coexisting with its neighbors.
(D) By actively engaging with its neighbors, India has the potential to provide numerous opportunities and benefits for everyone involved.
CORRECT OPTION: C
Which of the following is the central theme of the above passage?
(A) The objective of attaining peaceful co-existence and cooperation with the neighbours.
(B) The dominance of India on its neighbouring countries.
(C) Emergence of India as a global power.
(D) Prioritising the economic opportunities for India.
CORRECT OPTION: A
Which of the following is correct expression of the author’s opinion as stated in passage?
(A) India should strive for greater economic integration which should be politically and administratively feasible.
(B) India can see borders as barriers, and border areas as buffer zones but not as gateways of opportunity.
(C) India’s stellar economic growth is thwarting her own opportunities.
(D) It is not in India’s interest to be generous to neighbouring countries.
CORRECT OPTION: A
Which of the following can be inferred from the above passage?
(A) The thriving together of communities doesn’t necessarily guarantee the economic prosperity of a nation.
(B) If India doesn’t focus more on its own interests, it’s unlikely to grow beyond being a regional power.
(C) Achieving ambitious goals for India requires collaboration, but not necessarily complete isolation.
(D) India’s aspiration to be a great power hinges on cooperation with its neighbors; going it alone won’t be enough.
CORRECT OPTION: D