Q.5)The recent move by Sri Lanka to unilaterally withdraw from the East Container Terminal Deal is a major development in the bilateral relations between India and Sri Lanka. Comment.

Why this Question:

Recently Sri Lanka decided to unilaterally withdraw from the East Container Terminal Deal which was a tripartite deal between India, Sri Lanka and Japan.

Key demand of the question:

Importance of Sri Lanka for India and the transformation that it has gone through and measures to improve them.


Comment- Pick out the main points on a subject and give your opinion, reinforcing your point of view using logic and reference to relevant evidence, including any wider reading you have done.


Introduce by giving a perspective on India- Sri Lanka relations.


In the first part, categorically write about the importance of Sri Lanka for India- strategic, economic, diaspora, cultural, etc.

In the next part, highlight the recent changes that have come in the relations. Also mention the context of increasing Chinese presence in Sri Lanka that is detrimental to India – Sri Lanka relations.


Conclude with the importance of having stable ties with a neighbouring country and measures to strengthen it.