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Examine India’s strategic interests in the South East and East Asian region. Discuss the various strategies adopted by India in the context of this region.

Topic: India- South East Asia, India – Africa

4. Examine India’s strategic interests in the South East and East Asian region. Discuss the various strategies adopted by India in the context of this region. (250 Words)

Difficulty level: Tough

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 the Mission-2023 Secure timetable.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about India’s interest in the Southeast region and measures adopted by India.

Directive:

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must investigate the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with India – South east Asia relation and how it has evolved over time into strategic relations.

Body:

Explain first that India’s connections with Southeast Asia are rooted in history in terms of geography, civilization, culture, economy and strategy.

Strategic interest: Providing maritime passage, Connection with North East India, Import etc.

These connections became deeper in the 1990s as India initiated the policy of ‘Look East’ that resulted in manifold growth with ASEAN and South-East Asia.

Throw light upon the recent policies of the government in this direction.

Conclusion:

Conclude with importance.