Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
4. India and France are time tested partners with their 25 years of strategic partnership covering range of bilateral issues such as defence cooperation, space, blue economy, civil nuclear and people-to-people ties. Elaborate. (250 words)
Difficulty level: Moderate
Why the question:
The celebration by India and France of 25 years of their strategic partnership (January 26) presents an important opportunity for both to introspect on their relations. Signed in 1998, the time-tested strategic partnership has continued to gain momentum over shared values and aspirations of peace, stability and, most importantly, their desire for strategic autonomy.
Key Demand of the question:
To write about the achievements in 25 years of Indo-France strategic partnership.
Elaborate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the context. You must be defining key terms wherever appropriate and substantiate with relevant associated facts.
Structure of the answer:
Begin by giving context of 25 years of Indo-France strategic partnership.
First, discuss about the historic relations between the India and France in brief.
Next, write about the major areas of cooperation and major achievements in the Indo-France relationship in the past 25 years.
Next, write about the further potential in the Indo-French relations especially given the current geopolitical turmoil in Europe. Elaborate on the aspect of importance of multilateralism and have a common respect for international rules and regulations that both the countries share.
Conclude by writing a way forward in order to achieve the potential.