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6) “Vanilla Islands can act as a gateway to strategic space for Delhi in south western Indian Ocean”. Elucidate. (250 words)

Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests. Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.

6) “Vanilla Islands can act as a gateway to strategic space for Delhi in south western Indian Ocean”. Elucidate. (250 words)

Indianexpress

 

Why this question:

The article discusses in what way Vice-President Naidu’s visit to the Indian Ocean islands could be a moment for Delhi to launch economic, defence cooperation with the littoral. 

Key demand of the question:

One has to explain that for India to be effective in the south western Indian Ocean, Delhi must begin to treat the Vanilla Islands as a single strategic space.

Directive:

ElucidateGive a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

In brief discuss what constitutes Vanilla Islands.

Body:

Explain the following dimensions in your answer:

Discuss first the significance of New frontiers – Vanilla Islands:

 

  • India is devoting greater attention to the Indian Ocean. Many places that have long fallen off Delhi’s political radar are coming into view. 
  • A group of Exotic Island states in the South Western Indian Ocean — The Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mayotte, Reunion, Seychelles — joined hands to promote tourism. 
  • Many of them grow vanilla and so they call themselves after it.
  • Vice president is the first senior figure from the Indian leadership to visit the Comoros.

Then discuss the significance of these islands to India and trace the historical ties and pasts. Discuss the current importance.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward for India in the current scenario.

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