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Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations
5) India is one of the few countries to have warm and mutually beneficial relations on all sides of the divide in West Asia including the Shia/Sunni split and the Iran/Israel rift. In the light of India’s “Think West” policy, analyse the statement. (250 Words)
Why this question?
It’s an evolving concept – “Think West” policy. UPSC is fond of South East and Middle East, so it’s an important topic for Mains – 2018.
Key demand of the question:
In the light of recent engagements of India with Israel, Palestine and Iran, you should analyse how India has managed to balance its relations with nations that are in perpetual conflict in the region.
Analyse: Divide answer into parts and within them examine nature of India’s relationship with each country. In all parts, keep focus on India’s Think West approach and its outcomes.
Structure of Answer:
In the introduction, write about India’s new diplomatic approach and its positive outcome.
After the introduction, define Think West policy.
In the body, in few parts, such as de-hyphenation (Israel-Palestine), Iran’s geopolitical importance and Israel’s strategic permanence etc, discuss how India has managed to strike a balance in the region.
In the conclusion, write about imperative of maintaining the balance in the region.