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Discuss the Lord Curzon’s conceptualization of India’s neighbourhood and emphasis on frontiers and explain in what way the integration he fore saw is still relevant and can serve as a template for both India and India-US partnership.

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

4. Discuss the Lord Curzon’s conceptualization of India’s neighbourhood and emphasis on frontiers and explain in what way the integration he fore saw is still relevant and can serve as a template for both India and India-US partnership. (250 words)

Reference:  Hindustan Times

Why the question:

The opinion in the newspaper explains the Curzonian imprint on Indian foreign policy.

Key Demand of the question:

Discuss in what way the Lord Curzon’s conceptualization of India’s neighbourhood and emphasis on frontiers and explain in what way the integration he fore saw is still relevant and can serve as a template for both India and India-US partnership.

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 the current context of the question.

Body:

Explain that more than any other figure from India’s recent history, Curzon grappled with the geopolitical complexities of the Indian subcontinent and its neighbourhood. That he did so as a foreigner makes these insights no less “Indian”—for the substrate of his reflections was not nationality or ideology, but geography and the permanent interests that it produces for any power looking at the game board from India’s position.

Curzon recognized that India’s security depends upon its ability to exercise influence over a defined geopolitical space beyond India’s own shores. Curzon recognised that India’s main landward attention must be directed to its frontiers — namely, to the task of maintaining viable buffer states in adjacent regions.

Take hints from the article and explain.

Conclusion:

Conclude with relevance of his ideas even in today’s context.