Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.
4) Buddhism constitutes a key linkage between India and south east Asia. Elaborate.(250 words)
Why this question:
The question is about the cultural aspects of Buddhism which is a key link between India and south Asia.
Key demand of the question:
The question expects us to discuss the cultural linkages that India shares with south Asia. And the role specifically played by Buddhism in it.
Elaborate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.
Structure of the answer:
Begin with brief on India and South east Asian relations.
Explain how The Buddhist faith, due to its emphasis on peaceful co-existence and its wide pan-Asian presence, lends itself well to India’s soft-power diplomacy, through which India can establish strong relationship with South-Asian nations. Explain the factors that make Buddhism bridge between India and South-East Asia.
Conclude with way forward.