Topic: India and its bilateral relations
6) India Russia relationship is described as a “Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership”, it is so, but, only in name. Critically analyze in light of the recent India Russia summit?(250 words)
Why this question
The current summit meeting between India and Russia comes at a critical time, when the geopolitical and geostrategic relations between nations are fluid. The article discusses the various issues that present itself before the two nations, and the presence of several stakeholders each with a bearing on India Russia relationship. In light of the recent summit, India Russia relationship needs to be prepared in detail.
Key demand of the question
The question expects us to first explain that India and Russia have a rich history and an extremely close relationship signified by the terminology used to describe the relationship. Thereafter we have to analyze the point of alignments and discords in the relationship, as well as how you see the relationship moving forward considering the motives of all stakeholders. Finally, we need to provide a fair and balanced opinion on the status of India Russia relationship and give way forward.
Critically analyze – When asked to analyze, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, all you need to do is look at the good and bad of something and give a fair judgement.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – In your introduction, briefly explain the summit and highlight the fact that Russia and India are time tested partners, seeking to continue their friendship in uncertain times.
- Highlight the strength of the relationship – Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership, a status at par with Japan, the long history, defence partnership, nuclear power plants etc
- Next to we need to bring out the issues in the relationship by dividing them into geopolitical, geostrategic and at bilateral level. We need to discuss the Russia Pakistan India triangle, Russia China India triangle and Russia USA India triangle and issues emanating from them. We need to discuss issues in defence partnership etc
- Discuss how should India and Russia navigate the tides moving forward. Here incorporate points which offer India a leverage so that India can best serve her interests such as economic partnership as Russian economy is suffering whereas india is ranked by the IMF among the world’s ten biggest economies of 2018 etc
Conclusion – Here based on arguments made above, you need to come to a fair and balanced conclusion on the status of relationship and prescribe way forward.