Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
5) For a robust ‘Act East’ Policy, relying on its natural and acquired advantages, India should build a robust maritime capacity in South East Asia. Comment. (250 Words)
Why this question?
Question on ‘Act East’ policy could be asked due to recent ASEAN summit. This issue should be covered from trade and security angle in detail. This article covers security aspect.
Key demand of the question:
Collaboration of India in the realm of Maritime security with east Asian countries – either bilaterally or collectively is key to strengthening India’s Act East policy. Also to counter China in the region.
Comment: Register your opinion whether India has means and ability to strengthen Act East policy relying on maritime security alliances.
Structure of Answer:
In the introduction, take a stand – it can be different based on your understanding of the issue.
In the body, in 4-5 points (or small paragraphs) cover each aspect of maritime cooperation – natural strength of India in the region, China factor, Quad factor, etc.
In the conclusion, reiterate your opinion with a positive or hopeful message that recent ASEAN summit gives impetus to deepening of India’s engagement in SE region.
(link with current affairs wherever possible)