Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
2. Discuss the possible intensive bilateral political and institutional engagements that can happen between Delhi and Canberra. (250 words)
Reference: Indian Express
Why the question:
The article brings to us a detailed narration of the possible relations that India and Australia can focus now amidst the Covid situation.
Key Demand of the question:
Discuss the prospects of India and Australia bilateral as well as possible multilateral relations.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Start with the virtual summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Australian premier, Scott Morrison which happened last week, is an important part of Delhi’s current diplomatic effort to plug that big gap in India’s diplomatic tradition.
Discuss first the possible prospects that Australia has to offer India – Australia is rich in natural resources that India’s growing economy needs. It also has huge reservoirs of strength in higher education, scientific and technological research. In the global diplomatic arena, Australia punches way above its weight. Its armed forces, hardened by international combat, are widely respected. Canberra’s intelligence establishment is valued in many parts of the world. Australia has deep economic, political and security connections with the ASEAN and a strategic partnership with one of the leading non-aligned nations, Indonesia. Discuss the role of India towards Australia; explain the prospects of bilateral engagements between the two.
Conclude that it is only by building a series of overlapping bilateral and minilateral platforms for regional security cooperation that Delhi and Canberra can limit the dangers of the growing geopolitical imbalance in the Indo-Pacific.