Topic– India and its bilateral relations
3) Mature countries work together in areas where their interests converge and act independently in areas where interests diverge. Discuss in light of US India relationship? (250 words)
Why this question
The 2+2 dialogue framework of India USA is set to meet this week. India USA relationship has always been important from mains point of view. This year however the relation has seen several crests and troughs, partially on account of the unpredictable policy of Mr Trump. This article highlights the strains and strengths of the relationship and is thus important.
Key demand of the question
This question expects us to discuss the contours of India USA relationship, highlight their convergences and divergences. Thereafter, we need to bring out how the two countries are cooperating despite their differences. The way forward for the relationship is to be mentioned at the end.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Give a brief history of India USA relationship, mention that they are strategic partners, often called estranged democracies etc
- Discuss the convergence as well as divergence of the two nation geopolitical, geostrategic and geoeconomic dimensions. In geopolitical discuss the conflicts in alliance such as over Russia, Iran etc. In geostrategic, highlight the similarities in intention in protecting marine trade routes in Asia etc. In geoeconomics the relationship constantly undergoes push and pulls with frequent conflicts at WTO and yet the two nations have sizeable trade with each other
- Highlight the issues that arise in the relationship between the two countries as a result of their differences. Discuss the progress made in the relationship in areas such as defence
- Highlight the potential of the relationship and discuss why cooperation between the two is mutually beneficial and that the relationship should not be held hostage to tiny differences. Discuss the institutional framework that has been put in place after long and the role they can play in mitigating differences.
Conclusion – Give your view on the status of relationship and discuss way forward.