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Governments recent decisions have affected India’s international standing amidst such circumstances do you think India stands the risk of isolation? Analyse.

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.

3. Governments recent decisions have affected India’s international standing amidst such circumstances do you think India stands the risk of isolation? Analyse. (250words)

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Why this question:

The article presents a critical analysis of recent government actions and policies that have created a sense of fear and isolation.

Key demand of the question:

Provide for a detailed analysis of recent govt. policies taken by the govt and in what way they pose a risk to the govt.

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:

Highlight the key issues ongoing in the country.

Body:

Explain the following aspects in detail –

  • It is a truism of international relations that rising powers, such as India, should seek out friends and allies on their periphery and maintain relations further afield that are of long-term benefit to their economic rise.
  • For example, amid the widespread protests over the combination of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Citizenship Act amendment, some implications need to be borne in mind for India’s international relations. Bangladesh has been India’s most stalwart partner in the neighborhood. Co-operation on security and extremism reached new heights, and the economic relationship has also developed.
  • But NRC problem has been compounded by the citizenship amendment law, which implies in its text and motivation that Bangladesh is not a secular country. This is seen as deeply offensive in Bangladesh, which has had divisive discussions about its identity before reaffirming its constitutional secularism.
  • Domestic political concerns may have also played a part in India’s decision to stay out of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
  • Recent actions, including the internet shutdown in Kashmir, have depleted that store of capital. The sharp growth slowdown means that India is a less attractive partner, and the actions taken against foreign companies operating on Indian soil, including changing the rules of the game at the last minute to benefit domestic players, reduce the number of advocates for New Delhi abroad.

Conclusion:

Conclude with what needs to be done to address these challenges.