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India and the United States share certain common interests and have been strategic partners in various areas. However, it is important to recognize that their interests may not always align perfectly. Analyse.

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

4. India and the United States share certain common interests and have been strategic partners in various areas. However, it is important to recognize that their interests may not always align perfectly. Analyse. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: The Hindu

Why the question:

The article explores the evolving relationship between India and the United States. It suggests that while India’s interests may align with those of the United States, they are not necessarily identical.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the scope of India–United States (US) relations – in spheres of defence, technology, etc. Alignment of the above relations and their divergence.

Directive word: 

Analyse – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context regarding the growth of the India-U.S relationship in the recent past.

Body:

In the first part, write about the US as India’s most comprehensive strategic partner, and cooperation between the two extends across multiple areas such as trade, defense, multilateralism, intelligence, cyberspace, civil nuclear energy, education, and healthcare.

Next, write about how even though in all these spheres they cooperate and are parallel in ideologies but not the same as both have diverged aspirations, and are based on different ideologies. Cite examples to substantiate.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a balanced opinion.