Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
5) In the backdrop of Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue to be held this year, the stakes India has in the Indo-Pacific region are optimally high. Critically analyze. Also examine whether India is on the right course to play a significant role in the region.(250 words)
Why this question:
In continuation of the process of engaging the global strategic community in an annual review of India’s opportunities and challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, the second edition of Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue (IPRD) – 2019 is to be held on 05 and 06 March 2019 at New Delhi and this event is significant with respect to India’s role in the Indo- Pacific region.
Key demand of the question:
The question expects one to appreciate the India’s opportunities in the Indo- Pacific region, the challenges and the emerging role of India in the regional grouping as the United States administration fervently promotes the “Indo–Pacific” as an alternative geopolitical construct to mobilize a large number of countries in the Asia–Pacific region to contain Chinese and Russian influence.
Critically 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. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgement.
Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we have to look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.
Structure of the answer
Start with how the geopolitical construct of “Indo–Pacific” has gained considerable significance in international relations recently and India’s role is significant at this point.
Body should discuss the following broad aspects in detail –
- About the of Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue.
- Role that India is playing in the Indo – pacific region.
- What are the implications for India and others?
- Geopolitical significance. Etc.
Conclude with India’s strength at the Dialogue, how India is already on the right path and further continued engagements is beneficial to it.