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2) Recent strategic decisions indicate a post-normative turn in India’s foreign policy. Critically analyse.(250 words) 

TopicIndia and its neighborhood- relations.

Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

2) Recent strategic decisions indicate a post-normative turn in India’s foreign policy. Critically analyse.(250 words) 

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Why this question

India’s foreign policy has gone some major changes in the recent years, some of which are in contrast with the norms laid down by our foreign policy in the past. This reshuffle has positive as well as negative repercussions. The issue is related to GS 2 syllabus under the following heading-

India and its neighborhood- relations.

Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to provide an account of the major changes witnessed in India’s foreign policy and then analyse in detail, the pros as well as cons of such change. We have to form a personal opinion on the issue.

Directive word

Critically analyze- we have to identify the key demand of the question and present our personal opinion on the issue. Here we have to give an account of, and bring out the pros as well as cons of the recent change in the foreign policy of India. Based on that analysis we have to form ou personal opinion on the issue.

Structure of the answer

Introduction– Briefly discuss the key tenets of India’s traditional foreign policy- panchsheel and non-alignment etc.

Body

  • Discuss the changes in India’s foreign policy- e.g US replacing Russia as major defence partner, increased cooperation with Israel along with shift in stance on Israel-Palestine conflict, treatment of Rohingya refugees- in contrast to earlier instances of handling international migration etc.
  • Discuss the pros and necessities of such a change in foreign policy.

E.g change in international order and sturdy growth of Indian economy and interests,  realpolitik, wish to join the league of developed nations etc.

  1. Discuss the cons of such a policy.

E.g Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement gives comparatively less advantage to India, fading appeal of SAARC, presence of a politico-ideological narrative in foreign policy could be counter productive for a diverse country like India etc.

Conclusion– Form a fair and balanced conclusion on the above issue and mention changing national interests and international order which make foreign policy highly dynamic etc.

 

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