Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
4) “India’s Act East policy remains the bedrock of the national Indo-Pacific vision and the centrality of ASEAN is embedded in the Indian narrative.” Analyse.(250 words)
Why this question:
The article captures a detailed discussion of significance of India’s Act East Policy and Engagement with ASEAN as a critical component to the national Indo-Pacific vision.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must evaluate the of significance of India’s Act East Policy and Engagement with ASEAN and in what way these two factors have become the driving factors for the India’s Indo pacific strategy.
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:
Begin with brief background of the India’s Indo-pacific vision.
The answer must discuss the significance of India’s Act East Policy and Engagement with ASEAN, suggest how India’s ‘Look East Policy’ has become ‘Act East Policy’. Discuss the Indo -Pacific vision statement, its significance in detail. Take cues from the article.
Conclude with way forward.