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3) India Saudi ties require the maintenance of a fine balancing act. Analyze. (250 words)

Topic– India and its bilateral relations

3) India Saudi ties require the maintenance of a fine balancing act. Analyze. (250 words)

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Why this question

The upcoming visit of Saudi crown prince to India has brought the focus on India’s bilateral relations with Saudi Arabia and the tightrope of bilateral relations that has had to navigate in West Asia. The article examine India Saudi relationship and helps us in preparing for the same.

Key demand of the question

The question expects us to discuss the contours of the bilateral relationship between India and Saudi Arabia and expects us to bring out the fine balancing act that India has had to maintain in its relationship with west Asian countries. The question expects us to discuss the issues and provide a way forward.

Directive word

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.

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Highlight the upcoming visit of MBS to India and how this has brought focus on India Saudi relationship.

Body

  • Discuss the contours of the bilateral relationship
    • Modi’s visit to Riyadh in 2016 gave a fillip to security and economic ties with Saudi Arabia. More recently, Modi met MBS on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina, and the latter spoke of Saudi investment in India’s national investment and infrastructure fund.
    • India, for its part, has refrained from even a hint of disapproval of Saudi Arabia disastrous military intervention in Yemen or its misguided attempts to isolate Qatar
  • Discuss the tight balancing act that India has had to navigate in West Asia in the context of its relationship with Saudi Arabia
    • India’s own tightrope with Iran, and Pakistan’s recent manoeuvrings with the Saudis create a tricky set of issues for New Delhi to navigate with the Saudis.
    • Discuss the close ties of Saudi Arabia with Pakistan and how saudi stand on terrorism in India has been an irritant
    • Highlight the complexities associated with India Iran Saudi triangle
    • Discuss the humanitarian crises and how India has had to maintain a stoic silence

Conclusion – Give your view on India Saudi bilateral relations and discuss way forward.

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