Topics Covered: India and its neighbourhood- relations.
What to study?
For Prelims and Mains: Objectives and significance of the mission.
Context: India has launched Mission Sagar to assist island nations in the Eastern Indian Ocean.
About Mission Sagar:
Mission Sagar has been launched as part of the government’s outreach initiative towards five Island nations in the Indian Ocean amidst the ongoing COVID-19.
Under the mission, Indian Naval Ship Kesari has departed for Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar and Comoros, to provide food Items, COVID-related medicines including HCQ tablets and special Ayurvedic medicines with medical assistance teams.
Also, as part of the mission, INS Kesari would enter the Port of Male in the Republic of Maldives, to provide them 600 tons of food provisions.
Significance of the mission:
This deployment as ‘Mission Sagar’ is in line with India’s role as the first responder in the region and builds on the excellent relations existing between these countries to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and its resultant difficulties.
The deployment is in consonance with the Prime Ministers’ vision of Security and Growth for All in the Region ‘SAGAR’ promulgated in March 2015.
- SAGAR highlights the importance accorded by India to relations with her neighbouring countries and further strengthens the existing bond.
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- Similar Such rescue missions conducted by India in the wake of pandemic.
- India’s neighbours.
- India’s coastline and countries in the Indian Ocean region.
Discuss how India is helping its neighbours under Mission Sagar in the wake of COVID 19 induced pandemic.