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India’s reluctance to engage a major European institution like North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will be a stunning case of strategic self-denial. Comment.

Topic: Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

1. India’s reluctance to engage a major European institution like North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will be a stunning case of strategic self-denial. Comment. (250 words)

Reference:  Indian Express

Why the question:

The article explains why Delhi must talk to NATO.

Key Demand of the question:

Explain in detail how India’s reluctance to engage a major European institution like North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will be a stunning case of strategic self-denial.

Directive:

Comment- here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

 Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with details of what North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is about; a military alliance established by the North Atlantic Treaty (also called the Washington Treaty) of April 4, 1949, by the United States, Canada, and several Western European nations to provide collective security against the Soviet Union.

Body:

The answer body must have the following aspects covered:

Indian ties with European countries in the past: explain before and after independence.

Then explain factors responsible for India’s poor relation with NATO or European countries.

India’s efforts to end the prolonged political neglect towards NATO.

Need of an enhanced India- NATO relationship.

Conclusion:

India should scale up its engagement with NATO, and while doing so, it should also insulate its bilateral relationship (with countries like Russia) from the larger structural trends buffeting the world today.