Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests. Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
5) Establishment of strong rapport with West Asian Kingdoms could safeguard India’s oil and gas assets against threats from Pakistan. Elucidate.(250 words)
Why this question:
The article describes that Pakistan is heavily in debt to Saudi Arabia and it depends hugely on the kingdom’s largesse to avoid economic collapse. Saudi Arabia has consequently considerable leverage over Pakistan and the latter in turn cannot afford to ignore Saudi economic interests when war gaming an offensive strategy against India.
Key demand of the question:
One has to emphasize on the fact that its time for India to deepen its economic linkages with Saudi Arabia through interlocking cross country investments.
Elucidate – 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:
In brief narrate the context of the question.
Discussion should talk about the dependency of Pakistan on Saudi Arabia for oil and natural gas.
Explain why India should encourage cross country investments with Saudi Arabia. What should be India’s role in establishing relations with the oil countries in such a context?
Conclude with way forward.