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MAHASAGAR

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

 

Source: PIB

 Context: The Indian Navy’s outreach initiative, MAHASAGAR, conducted its maiden edition as a virtual interaction between the Indian Chief of the Naval Staff, and heads of navies and maritime agencies from the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) littorals.

Participating nations included several members of IORA such as Bangladesh, Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania. They emphasized the importance of harmonizing capacities in the IOR, aligning with India’s vision of SAGAR.

 

What is India’s SAGAR?

India’s SAGAR (announced in 2015), which stands for ‘Security and Growth for All in the Region,’ is a vision and policy framework designed to enhance maritime cooperation and security in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The initiative emphasizes the importance of promoting collective security and sustainable development for the benefit of all nations in the region.