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Where do we geographically place the Indo-Pacific? How has India strived to utilize the geo-strategic potential of Indo-Pacific? Explain.

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3. Where do we geographically place the Indo-Pacific? How has India strived to utilize the geo-strategic potential of Indo-Pacific? Explain. (250 words)

Reference: Times of India 

Why the question:

The article presents to the importance of Indo-Pacific in the 21st century and associated political and security issues.

Key Demand of the question:

Discuss the geo-strategic potential of Indo-Pacific to India and importance of geographical location of the entire Indo-pacific.

Directive:

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving 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:

Introduction:

Begin with the fact that the Indo-Pacific region is crucial in Indian foreign policy.

Body:

India has used ‘indo-pacific’ in joint statements with a series of partner countries, including the United States, Australia, France, Indonesia, Japan, and of course the United Kingdom. The Ministry has recently set up an Indo-Pacific Division as well as an Oceania Division, and placed them under the same Additional Secretary level officer. This is a sign of India’s commitment to this critical geography.

For India, the Indo-Pacific is that vast maritime space stretching from the western coast of North America to the eastern shores of Africa.

Discuss the past to present relevance of Indo-pacific vis-à-vis status of India with respect to it.

Comment on the efforts of India to utilize the geo-strategic potential of Indo-Pacific.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.