4. India’s interests will be parallel to those of the United States, but they would not be identical. Analyze the statement in the context of India-US relations. (10M)
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Why the question:
The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 2 and mentioned as part of the Mission-2023 Secure timetable.
Key Demand of the question:
To write about the scope of India–United States (US) relations – in spheres of defence, technology, etc. How these are parallel but not the same.
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:
Begin by giving context regarding the growth of the India-U.S relationship in the recent past.
In the first part, write about the US as India’s most comprehensive strategic partner, and cooperation between the two extends across multiple areas such as trade, defense, multilateralism, intelligence, cyberspace, civil nuclear energy, education, and healthcare.
Next, write about how even though in all these spheres they cooperate and are parallel in ideologies but not the same as both have diverged aspirations, and are based on different ideologies like NAM.
Conclude by writing a way forward.