Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
2. There is a view that India must discard the outdated perception and seize the new strategic partnerships in the Gulf region. Elucidate. (250 words)
Reference: Indian Express
Why the question:
The article explains the dire need of the hour is to seize the new strategic partnerships in the Gulf region.
Key Demand of the question:
Explain in detail the importance of new strategic partnerships of India in the Gulf region.
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:
Briefly account for the relationships of India with the Gulf region from the past to present.
The recent External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s visit to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recently is a good moment to reflect on the structural changes taking place in the Gulf and the region’s growing influence in the Indian Ocean.
First present the issues in approach towards the region. Then move on to discuss the areas of possible relationships with the Gulf. Take hints from the article and list down.
Conclude that as India seeks to recalibrate its ties with the Gulf, the real challenge for South Block is to get the rest of the Indian establishment to discard outdated perceptions of the Gulf and seize the new strategic possibilities with the region.