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India’s relationship with ASEAN is a key pillar of our foreign policy and the foundation of our Act East Policy. Analyse the role that north eastern states can play in strengthening ties with ASEAN.

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

3. India’s relationship with ASEAN is a key pillar of our foreign policy and the foundation of our Act East Policy. Analyse the role that north eastern states can play in strengthening ties with ASEAN. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: The Print

Why the question:

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday said the North-eastern region can play a pivotal role in strengthening India’s ties with several regional groupings of South Asia as a springboard to facilitate bilateral trades with those countries.

Key Demand of the question:

To understand the role of strategic partnership with ASEAN and role north eastern states can play in strengthening ties with ASEAN.

Directive word: 

Analyse – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by mentioning the historic engagement of India-ASEAN relationship.

Body:

Bring out the importance of geographical proximity of the ASEAN countries and its strategic, security and economic implications to India. Also mention about the sociocultural dynamics, mobilisation of group level funds and promotion of domestic infrastructure projects based on few examples.

Next, write about the role that north eastern state can play in strengthening ties with ASEAN. Substantiate with facts and examples.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a way forward.