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4) Analyze how Trump’s foreign policy and systematic dismantling of established norms in foreign policy is impacting India?(250 words)

TopicEffect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests

4) Analyze how Trump’s foreign policy and systematic dismantling of established norms in foreign policy is impacting India?(250 words)

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Why this question

India in recent years had banked on USA as a key ally in its foreign policy. However, the recent position of US on several issues have been having an impact on our bilateral relationship as well as other areas of our foreign policy. The article talks about this issue which is relevant while preparing IR section for Paper 2.

Key demand of the question

The question expects us to draw a linkage of the ways in which USA’s foreign policy under Trump has an impact on India, analyze what the impact is, and how can India respond to such emerging challenges.

Directive word

Analyze – When asked to analyze, you  have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Give example of the recent events such as trade wars, US opinion on EU, its flip flop on the Iran Nuclear deal etc which creates challenges for its allies including India.

Body

  • Give a brief history of India US relations in the past few years. Emphasize on the fact that post Cold War, India has gone the path of liberalization, globalization etc, the consensus over which is being challenged by US.
  • Discuss the various challenges under heads like economy, bilateral relations, multilateral relations, trade relations etc. Also discuss the values  which are under threat. Under the head of economy, can discuss factors like the cost of rejecting Iranian oil under pressure of US sanctions. Under bilateral relations, we can discuss the impact USA’s policies are having on India US bilateral relations etc
  • Thereafter, discuss how is India responding to the emerging challenges – in certain areas like trade we are standing by our ethos of rules based trading order and in other cases such as Iran oil, we are toeing the line

Conclusion – Discuss what should the future policy be – we can mention consensus building on platforms like BRICS, IBSA etc

 

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