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Discuss the Geo-Strategic importance of Maldives to India.

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

1. Discuss the Geo-Strategic importance of Maldives to India. (250 words)

Reference:  thediplomat.com

Why the question:

Maldives holds strategic importance for India under the government’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy due to its location in the Indian Ocean. Thus the question.

Key Demand of the question:

Discuss in detail the Geo-Strategic importance of Maldives to India.

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 background of India and Maldives relations.

Body:

First explain that while India-Maldives relations have always been close, cordial and multi-dimensional, recent regime instability in the Maldives has posed some limitations, especially in the political & strategic arena. Therefore, the main challenge to India’s diplomacy is balancing out all these contradictions into harmonious relations.

Expound on Geo-Strategic importance of Maldives to India.

Conclusion:

Conclude that in accordance with the “Neighbourhood First” policy of the government, India remains a committed development partner for a stable, prosperous and peaceful Maldives.