Essay Topic - Expansionism vs. Development: India, China and the Asian Century

Event Date:

20th Jul 2020

Event Time:

12:00 AM

Talking to the Indian troops in Nimu, Ladakh, on July 2, Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to nations choosing the path of expansionism – vistarwaad – versus peace and development – vikaswaad. He was referring to China as being  Expansionist, a concept he said was dated and belonged in the 18th century, unsuitable for today.

This essay seeks to define the concept of Expansionism, whether it is the dominant doctrine today, who defines it and who practices it. Is it in fact, the pursuit of Development in the current Asian economic and security matrix, the dated doctrine?

It is set in the background of a geopolitical shift of great power today from the West, to the continent and oceans of Asia. The protection of today’s Asia is the result of past expansionism, and its progress is the outcome of determined development.

Open to all UG/PG students and research scholars

  • All essays must be between 500 - 700 words
  • Completely original not plagiarized
  • Deadline: 20th July 2020
  • Email your submission to with your name, contact number and college name as a part of the email.
  • The essay should be attached in the email in PDF format and the attachment name should be essay competition_your full name and subject line of the email should be essay competition_your full name.


  • Top 3 winners will get certificates and a free seat to our online (live) certificate program titled “India-China ties: strategic, defence and diplomatic” offered jointly with Gateway House starting 31st July. View the program here
  • Top 3 essays will be published on our website -
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