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India’s foreign policy must revolve around developing and deepening links in health, space and digital technologies in Africa for mutual benefits. Comment.

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

4. India’s foreign policy must revolve around developing and deepening links in health, space and digital technologies in Africa for mutual benefits. Comment. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Insights on India

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 2 and mentioned as part of Mission-2022 Secure timetable.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about India’s priority with respect to Africa in its foreign policy and the need for revamping India-Africa policy to deepen its ties for mutual benefits.

Directive word: 

Comment– here we must express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Start with brief background of India’s foreign policy in Africa.

Body:

Briefly discuss the ties between India-Africa from past to present.

Explain that the Covid-19 pandemic has been one of the worst humanitarian and economic crisis faced by the world, but its effects stand to be much more devastating, particularly for Africa, where economic and public health conditions are extremely vulnerable

In the 21st century, Africa has transformed from a lost continent to a continent of hope. Subsequently, in recent years, Africa occupies a central place in the Indian government’s foreign and economic policy.

In the context of the current crisis, India has demonstrated its willingness and capacity to shoulder more responsibility in cooperating with Africa to recover from the current crisis and lend support in its overall growth.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward.