Steps that should be taken:
India has extensive experience in conducting evacuation operations, but to secure the lives and assets of Indians abroad, the government must avoid an ad hoc approach and seek to institutionalise best practices, bolster diplomatic and military capabilities, and improve coordination. Make notes for a Mains answer. Also remember the highlighted points for Prelims.
Not so important. Just know about the condition of strategic partnerships.
The policy outlook for 2017 appears not too promising:
West failed to recognise the implications of the shift in economic power to the East:
Asia and Europe:
Europe and America:
The terror threat:
India and the neighbourhood:
As 2017 dawns, the world and India are at the crossroads. Make note of these points and keep a track on their development. This could give an edge to your essay or an answer on international relations.
A useful news item keeping in mind the large scale evacuations India has made from the Middle East. It helps to understand the need for policy in this field and is helpful for mains.
1. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated on 9th January every year to mark the contribution of Overseas Indian community in the development of India. January 9 was chosen as the day to celebrate this occasion since it was on this day in 1915 that Mahatma Gandhi, the greatest Pravasi, returned to India from South Africa, led India’s freedom struggle and changed the lives of Indians forever.
2. PBD conventions are being held every year since 2003. These conventions provide a platform to the overseas Indian community to engage with the government and people of the land of their ancestors for mutually beneficial activities. These conventions are also very useful in networking among the overseas Indian community residing in various parts of the world and enable them to share their experiences in various fields.
3. During the event, individuals of exceptional merit are honoured with the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award to appreciate their role in India’s growth. The event also provides a forum for discussing key issues concerning the Indian Diaspora.
A somewhat long but very useful analysis of the trends in India’s foreign policy in 2016.
In order to avoid duplication of work and to improve efficiency, the government merged the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) with the Ministry of External Affairs.