The international fleet review is a reminder of India’s capabilities to help build an open, secure and prosperous Indian Ocean
- While bringing the Indian navy’s second international fleet review to a close at Visakhapatnam, PM emphasised, once again, the centrality of the oceans for India’s prosperity and security.
- On the economic front, India’s interests have become truly global.
- More than 40 per cent of its current GDP is linked to international trade. And most of this trade is sea-borne.
- On the positive side, Delhi has become increasingly conscious of its larger responsibility to provide public goods in the maritime domain.
- The political and naval leaderships have acknowledged the urgent need to cultivate special maritime relationships with key partners
- Amid the altering regional balance of power in the Indian Ocean
- The announcement that India will host its first-ever global maritime summit in April this year reflects Modi’s eagerness to shake Delhi out of its continental stupor
- The real challenge is to plugging the gap between, insufficient financial and institutional resources and the absence of effective bureaucratic mechanisms
- To implement declared objectives have meant that the gulf between India’s maritime promise and performance remains wide