Q.3)Explain how India’s vaccine diplomacy can strengthen its “Neighbourhood First” policy.

Why this question:

Recent decision by India to give COVID19 vaccine to its neighbouring countries- Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, etc.

Key demand of the Question:

Explain India’s Neighbourhood First Policy and what role can vaccine diplomacy play in it


Explain- Clarify a topic in detail. Two things to be taken care of- To provide as much detail as possible, and to give definitions for any jargon or key terms when used.


Explain what India’s Neighbourhood First Policy is.

Next define vaccine diplomacy.


In the first part mention the key features of India’s neighbourhood first policy and its significance.

Next mention how a measure like the gift of vaccines can strengthen India’s relations with its neighbours especially in times where COVID19 pandemic has caused crisis all over the world.

Also mention how it will help in reducing China’s influence in these countries which in the recent past has increased to a large extent, eg.- in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh.


Conclude by giving a way forward.