India’s prolonged political neglect of Europe and continued reluctance to engage a major European institution like NATO needs a much-needed turnaround. In light of this, examine the factors affecting India’s engagement with Europe. 10 marks

Mentor’s comment-
  • In the intro, mention India’s growing engagement with the major European powers like France and the U.K.
  • In the body, mention the various factors like historical, cold war politics and relations with Russia, the bureaucratisation of engagement between India and Europe, lack of political interest etc. Next, mention the need for India to engage with NATO to diversify its security avenues as Europe seeks to play a role in the Pacific.
  • Conclude by mentioning the need for India to improve the engagement with Europe.
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