Parliament panel questions Centre on ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy

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Mains Paper 2: IR | India & its neighborhood- relations

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Free trade agreement

Mains level: India’s changing relationship with its neighbors


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India’s neighbourhood first’ policy questioned

  1. Consultative Committee of the Parliament on External Affairs pointed out that India’s ties with several South Asian neighbours faced challenges, with particular mentions of Maldives and Nepal
  2. The Consultative Committee examined ties with Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Myanmar and Afghanistan

Maldives-China ties building up

  1. India’s ties with the Maldives has turned cold since the first week of December when Male signed a Free Trade Agreement with China after rushing it through parliament
  2. Read full issue here

Nepal concern

  1. The return of K.P. Sharma Oli as the newly elected leader of Nepal will have adverse effect on India-Nepal ties as Mr Oli is known to be a critic of India’s policies towards Nepal
  2. For the first time, a party campaigned on clearly anti-India platform and people have voted that party to power
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