053 - Indias Foreign Policy Neighbourhood International Relations

Trade and connectivity is the key for better engagement with neighbours. Discuss this in context of India and South Asia. Also examine the opportunities and challenges in this region.

In the era of Nation States; trade is the key point for dialogue. The rise of regional trade agreement such as RCEP, TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) are challenging the WTO & its ‘Most favoured Nations’ clauses & policies. Challenges: RCEP trade deal has been conducted without India. It makes tougher for our exporters. Lack of competition ..

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India is facing challenge of China’s aggressive stance but this challenge has also provided India an opportunity to strengthen itself internationally and domestically. Discuss.

The relation of China-India is indeed a peculiar one; though sharing interactions for over 3000 years, we know little about each other & this can be attributed to the present misgivings. Pinch Points with China: Occupied region of Aksai-Chin & Shaksgham glacier. Border issues in Himachal Pradesh. Clash in Arunachal Pradesh & issue of stapled ..

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India’s Afghanistan Policy needs to keep in view the increasing closeness of Taliban with China. The need of the hour is to increase engagement while keeping in mind its core issues. Elaborate.

The return of Taliban rule in Afghanistan has raised some difficult questions for foreign policy makers. Important strategic goals in region: Regional peace and mutual non-aggression, i.e., the new regime shouldn’t try to create new conflicts in region. Afghanistan must not be used as safe-heaven for terrorists. Promote regional trade, connectivity and contact – access ..

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In light of the economic rise of Bangladesh, examine the opportunities for India and hope for South Asia. Discuss the associated challenges and suggest a way forward.

Bangladesh has surpassed India in terms of per capita GDP. This economic rise of Bangladesh poses new opportunities & hopes. Reasons for economic rise of Bangladesh: Subsidies & concessions due to LDC status. Unique models of financial inclusion (Grameen Banks). A strong and labour intensive manufacturing sector, e.g. textiles, toys. Opportunities for India in Bangladesh’s ..

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In the case of Maldives, it’s not the size but the location that makes it strategically significant. Explain in the context of India’s neighbourhood first approach.

Maldives is an island nation located in India’s close proximity in the Indian Ocean Region. Despite its small size, Strategic significance for India: Freedom of navigation in Indian Ocean Region, in backdrop of Chinese hegemony. Role of India as a net security provider in the region. Indian Diaspora strength in Maldives, & safeguarding their interests. ..

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Analyze the factors, that are driving a global shift towards the Indo-Pacific region. Discuss in the context of evolving discourse on the region. Also, discuss the opportunities and challenges in this regard.

The Indo-Pacific region accounts for 62% of the world’s population and 65% of global GDP. Further, it accounts for 46% of the global merchandise trade. Factors driving the shift towards the region: Economic Importance – As 80% of offshore oil trade passes through the region and 40% of offshore oil production occurs in the Indian ..

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