In response to the changing geopolitical environment, India had to revise its maritime strategy in 2015, marking a paradigm shift from the earlier 2007 strategy of “Freedom to Use the Seas”, to “Ensuring Secure Seas”, reflecting a boldness not earlier seen in its maritime strategy.
The new strategy posits India as the ‘net security provider’ for ‘securing’ the region to “shape a favourable and positive maritime environment, for enhancing net security in India’s areas of maritime interest”. This vision was also enunciated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 when he put forward the concept of SAGAR ~ “Security and Growth for All in the Region”.
This strategy also marked an important shift towards the Indo-Pacific region by bringing the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific theatres under one strategic umbrella. In furtherance of this objective Read More