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Constitutional crises in India’s neighborhood have key bearing on India’s ‘Neighborhood First’ policy. Discuss with recent incidences.

Topic : India and its neighborhood- relations. Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.

3. Constitutional crises in India’s neighborhood have key bearing on India’s ‘Neighborhood First’ policy. Discuss with recent incidences. (250 words )

Reference: The Hindu 

Why the question:

Recently Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in his first address to the newly elected Parliament, has declared his intention to repeal the landmark 19th Amendment to the Constitution, and, thereafter, work towards a new constitution. Thus the question.

Key Demand of the question:

Explain in what way Constitutional crises in India’s neighborhood have key bearing on India’s ‘Neighborhood First’ policy.

Directive:

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:

Introduction:

Start by explaining what you understand by India’s ‘Neighborhood First’ policy.

Body:

What is Neighbourhood first policy?

  • India’s Neighbourhood First Policy focuses on cooperation and peaceful coexistence.
  • It is part of India’s foreign policy that actively focuses on improving ties with India’s immediate neighbours which is being termed as Neighbourhood first policy in the media
  • It was started well by inviting all heads of state/heads of government of South Asian countries in his inauguration of PM Modi first term and later held bilateral talks with all of them individually which was dubbed as a mini SAARC summit.

Then move onto explain the constitutional crisis that the neighboring countries are facing, present the case of Srilanka. Explain what bearings it has on India.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.