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 1) Do you agree India’s strategy for Indo-Pacific needs to recognise the importance of the continent of Africa? Critically analyse.(250 words)

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

 1) Do you agree India’s strategy for Indo-Pacific needs to recognise the importance of the continent of Africa? Critically analyse.(250 words)

Indianexpress

Why this question: 

The article talks about the need to focus on the continent of Africa from a newer perspective essential for the changing Indo-Pacific needs.

Demand of the question:

One has to appreciate the role of the African continent with the Indi-pacific perspective.

Directive word: 

Critically analyzeWhen 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, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgement.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction

Start by highlighting first the importance of Indi-Pacific region for India and other world countries.

Body

Discussion should have the following different aspects covered:

  • First bring out the new geopolitical construct that surrounds the region.
  • Explain how and why South East Asia has been central to the Indo-Pacific debate and more importantly Africa has remained a neglected element.
  • Then explain why is Africa important?
  • Discuss the stakeholder countries in the region, how the power equation is defined for the region?
  • India’s stand and what needs to be done?

Conclusion 

Conclude with way forward and by reasserting the need to focus on Africa.

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