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Although Africa has been aggressively engaged with China, it wants India to act as a balancer and net security provider. Discuss.

Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.

4. Although Africa has been aggressively engaged with China, it wants India to act as a balancer and net security provider. Discuss. (250 words)

Reference:  Hindustan Times

Why the question:

The article presents to us the new opportunities in India-Africa relations.

Key Demand of the question:

Discuss in detail the role of India as a balancer and net security provider to Africa.

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 with brief introduction of India-Africa relations.

Body:

Discuss India-Africa Relations from past to present.

Emphasize on the role played by India; India’s foreign policy ideas after Independence impacted African decolonization movements. Historically, Indian traders travelled regularly to the East African coast, forming relationships with local inhabitants in ports leading to the establishment of Africa-based family businesses, some of which exist even today.

This combined with the presence of an influential Indian diaspora has meant that India has meaningful, and positive, relationships with many African countries.

Discuss the need to battle the Chinese influence.

Conclusion:

Conclude by suggesting opportunities that India has in Africa.