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From trade to geopolitical significance, it is time for India to look again at Mauritius. Analyse.

Topic: India and its neighbourhood- relations.

From trade to geopolitical significance, it is time for India to look again at Mauritius. Analyse.

The Indian Express

Why this question:

As it prepares to host the prime minister of Mauritius, Pravind Jugnauth, who returned to power in the recent general elections, Delhi needs to change the lens through which it sees the small island republic in the western Indian Ocean.

Key demand of the question:

One has review the significance of Mauritius to India, as the latter aspires to be a net security provider in the Indian Ocean region.         

Directive:

Analyze – When asked to analyse, 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:

Provide a brief introduction of Mauritius, its strategic location and the recent political happenings.

Body:

Give a brief history of the India-Mauritius relations and give the limitations of previous ties.

Discuss about how more recently, Delhi has certainly begun to see the strategic significance of Mauritius thanks to the renewed great power contestation in the Indian Ocean.

Highlight the various possibilities present that themselves, if Delhi appreciates the value of Mauritius as a regional hub.

Mauritius can be the fulcrum for India’s own African economic outreach.

Mauritius the pivot of Delhi’s island policy.

Provide measures needed to strengthen the ties between the two nations.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward.

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