Q.2 Examine the factors that explain the increased prominence of the Central Asian region for India. What are the challenges India faces as it seeks to increase its engagement with the region? (10 Marks)

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  • https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/the-sail-that-indian-diplomacy-statecraft-need/article38226223.ece
  • In the intro, mention the presence of five Central Asia leaders as guests at the Republic Day parade.
  • In the body, mention the significance of the region in changing circumstances such as the rise of assertive China and withdrawal of the US from Afghanistan, need for economic and security cooperation etc. In the challenges mention connectivity challenge, challenges from China, decreasing US footprint in the region etc.
  • Conclude by mentioning the need for India to work with different partners on different agendas even while their geopolitical contradictions play out in the open.
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