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Examine the historical context, key dimensions, and current significance of India-Maldives relations in regional geopolitics.

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

3. Examine the historical context, key dimensions, and current significance of India-Maldives relations in regional geopolitics. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Tough

Reference: Indian ExpressInsights on India

Why the question:

The article discusses the political situation in the Maldives, highlighting the churn and developments in the Indian Ocean nation.

Key Demand of the question:

To critically write about India-Maldives relations, including historical context, main aspects, and their significance in regional geopolitics.

Directive word: 

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: 

Provide a brief introduction to India-Maldives relations and their importance in the Indian Ocean region.

Body:

First, in brief, Explore the historical background of India-Maldives relations, including cultural ties, trade links, and diplomatic interactions. Mention significant historical events that have shaped these relations.

Next, write about the key dimensions of India-Maldives relations, such as political, economic, security, and cultural ties. Discuss collaborative efforts in areas like defense, maritime security, and development cooperation.

Next, write about the challenges and opportunities faced by India and Maldives in maintaining strong relations in current times.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.