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4)If the idea of Asia drew Delhi and Jakarta close in the 1950s, it might well be the Indo-Pacific that will provide the framework for long overdue strategic re-engagement. Comment.(250 words)

TopicIndia and its neighborhood- relations.

Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

4)If the idea of Asia drew Delhi and Jakarta close in the 1950s, it might well be the Indo-Pacific that will provide the framework for long overdue strategic re-engagement. Comment.(250 words)

Indian express

 

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to trace the evolution of India-Indonesia relationship- how it started and how it progressed. It then wants us to highlight the present situation which shows the importance/ role of the Indo-pacific in strengthening the relationship.

Directive word

Comment- We have to present our opinion on the key demand of the question. We have to backup our opinion with necessary facts/ arguments/ examples.

Structure of the answer

Introduction- Mention the common colonial oppression faced by the two countries and their common views on colonialism which ultimately led to Bandung conference, an important step towards  Non-Alignment.

Body

  1. Discuss the issues which led India and Indonesia ignore the relationship.

E.g India-Russia partnership vs Indonesia-US partnership, No shared land border, India’s concentration its northern and western borders neglecting seas, Rise of ASEAN etc.

  1. Discuss the factor which demands strengthening of the relationship.

E.g rise in economic and population size, dilution of NAM, growing importance of maritime trade and movement, growing contestation over Indo-Pacific region etc.

Conclusion- Briefly discuss further the importance of Indo-Pacific region for both the countries.

 

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