Q.3) In accordance with the “Neighbourhood First” policy of the government, India remains a committed development partner for a stable, prosperous and peaceful Maldives. Discuss.

Why this question:

India and Maldives have recently signed a defence pact.

Key demand of the question:

Importance of bilateral relations with Maldives, challenges ahead and measures to boost it.



Discuss- back up the answer by carefully selected evidence to make a case for and against an argument, or point out the advantages and disadvantages of the given context and finally arrive at a conclusion.



Briefly give an overview of the evolution of India- Maldives relations.


In the first part, categorically explain the importance of Maldives for India- Strategic, Diaspora, economic and security.

In the next part, highlight the challenges in the relations between the two countries. Suggest measures to further improve the relations.


Conclude with a fair and balanced approach on the topic.