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OP-ED: What to make of the current Bangladesh-India relationship

Sanzida Sharmin
  • Published at 08:45 pm August 10th, 2020

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The two countries have had a strong bond since the birth of Bangladesh

For the past few weeks, the news media, both international and local, have been active about Bangladesh-India relations. This has especially come into focus when China attacked India in Ladakh. Since China is maintaining a strong strategic relation with Bangladesh, Bangladesh-India ties have become an important issue for India.

Moreover, Imran Khan, Pakistan’s prime minister, had called Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in early July to talk about the flood and pandemic situation of Bangladesh. It has been alleged that Imran Khan called due to China persuading him to improve ties with Bangladesh.

Bangladesh and India have had a strong bond since the birth of Bangladesh. India had played an important role during our Liberation War. Without India’s help, the war would have been prolonged and more gruesome and, maybe, even unattainable. We have seen this relationship flourish when the likes of Indira Gandhi and Manmohan Singh were in power.

However, this bond started deteriorating over the Teesta barrage agreement, as India breached the agreement by not giving the agreed water during the lean season, which causes endless suffering. It has further deteriorated because of the behaviour of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) towards Bangladesh.

A lot of Bangladeshis have died by the shooting of the BSF despite the frequent assurances of India that no Bangladeshis would be killed anymore. This year, up until June, 25 people have become victims of border killings, according to Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK). Moreover, Bangladesh had not gotten any support from India over the Rohingya issue.

Furthermore, the relation between these two countries took a further hit when the controversial CAA had been passed in India. Both Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister A K Momen and Home Minister Asaduzzaman cancelled their scheduled India visit during that time.

However, as expected, India is very much willing to maintain a deep bond with Bangladesh. India’s efforts are visible in recent activities -- the acceleration of the bilateral trade agreement by sending 10 locomotives; Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s greeting to Hasina during Eid-Ul-Azha, Mamata Banerjee’s Eid wishes, BSF members distributing sweets among Bangladeshis.

However, it is incongruous as West Bengal has opened Deonai barrage in Uttar Pradesh, just before Eid, which has flooded new areas of Bangladesh, not to mention that one-third of Bangladesh is already inundated. All of this as the country goes through the hardships of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Previously, Bangladesh was not able to take advantage of the bilateral treaties as it was less powerful. However, Bangladesh’s geopolitical position has now made it important to other neighbouring countries. The strategic policy of Bangladesh has put it in a pivotal position to be benefitted from agreements with other countries, including India.

Hence, the people of Bangladesh eagerly await to see the reflection of Bangladesh’s power in near future treaties.

Sanzida Sharmin is a freelance contributor.

https://www.dhakatribune.com/opinio...-of-the-current-bangladesh-india-relationship
 

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I'm sorry - a garbage post not worth the keystrokes expended, no driving logic, no reasoning.

A blind Sanghi supporter idiot. I think the name is Sanchita not Sanzida....
 

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Moreover, Imran Khan, Pakistan’s prime minister, had called Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in early July to talk about the flood and pandemic situation of Bangladesh. It has been alleged that Imran Khan called due to China persuading him to improve ties with Bangladesh.



However, this bond started deteriorating over the Teesta barrage agreement, as India breached the agreement by not giving the agreed water during the lean season, which causes endless suffering. It has further deteriorated because of the behaviour of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) towards Bangladesh.



Furthermore, the relation between these two countries took a further hit when the controversial CAA had been passed in India. Both Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister A K Momen and Home Minister Asaduzzaman cancelled their scheduled India visit during that time.

However, as expected, India is very much willing to maintain a deep bond with Bangladesh. India’s efforts are visible in recent activities -- the acceleration of the bilateral trade agreement by sending 10 locomotives; Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s greeting to Hasina during Eid-Ul-Azha, Mamata Banerjee’s Eid wishes, BSF members distributing sweets among Bangladeshis.

However, it is incongruous as West Bengal has opened Deonai barrage in Uttar Pradesh, just before Eid, which has flooded new areas of Bangladesh, not to mention that one-third of Bangladesh is already inundated. All of this as the country goes through the hardships of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Previously, Bangladesh was not able to take advantage of the bilateral treaties as it was less powerful. However, Bangladesh’s geopolitical position has now made it important to other neighbouring countries. The strategic policy of Bangladesh has put it in a pivotal position to be benefitted from agreements with other countries, including India.


Hence, the people of Bangladesh eagerly await to see the reflection of Bangladesh’s power in near future treaties.

She is really, really poor at writing a constructive, layered article. :disagree:

Basic rules of writing a small article like this :

- Paragraph I - Introduction to the Issue at hand and putting the issue into perspective.

- Paragraph II - Explain to the reader: how the issue is having a negative impact and why it should be solved. Provide them with relevant data or information, to help them make up their own minds.

- Paragraph III - Close with a solution to the said issue, end with a thought provoking line.


I strongly suggest Sanjida, re-enroll herself into the 5th grade and learn how to write an article, instead of this little opinion piece where she uses open-ended words like moreover, however, hence, previously and furthermore to try and sound like she is an erudite when it's comes to international geopolitics.



It gets even more absurd, when you read the article and realise all her arguments are false.


A three trillion dollar economy leasing us some dozen old, rickety locomotives is a gesture of good will ?

Feeding our villagers 15 taka sweets is a gesture of goodwill ? Nevermind that they will shoot these same people come tomorrow.



Pathetic article.


Sanzida Sharmin is a contributor clown.
 
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However, it is incongruous as West Bengal has opened Deonai barrage in Uttar Pradesh, just before Eid, which has flooded new areas of Bangladesh, not to mention that one-third of Bangladesh is already inundated. All of this as the country goes through the hardships of the Covid-19 pandemic.
I thought the Deonai Barrage in Uttar Dinajpur. Uttar Pradesh is in the far west of Bihar and Jharkhand.
 
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Previously, Bangladesh was not able to take advantage of the bilateral treaties as it was less powerful. However, Bangladesh’s geopolitical position has now made it important to other neighbouring countries. The strategic policy of Bangladesh has put it in a pivotal position to be benefitted from agreements with other countries, including India.

Hence, the people of Bangladesh eagerly await to see the reflection of Bangladesh’s power in near future treaties.
I wonder, how it is possible that the geopolitical position of Bangladesh has suddenly become important to its neighbors unless its location has not changed.
 

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