India-Bangladesh ties, a model for bilateral cooperation

Source: The post is based on the article “India-Bangladesh ties, a model for bilateral cooperation published in The Hindu on 12th September 2022.

Syllabus: GS 2 – India and its neighbourhood relations.

Relevance: About the India-Bangladesh ties.

News: The recent state visit of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh showcased the high stakes of India-Bangladesh bilateral ties. The latest visit resulted in seven agreements designed to increase cooperation in the diverse domains of water sharing, railways, science and technology, space, media and capacity building.

What are the recent agreements signed between India and Bangladesh?
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a) There was the agreement “to continue close security cooperation” over counter-terrorism, border crimes, and border management, b) Both countries agreed “to build resilient supply chains” between the two countries and “across the region”.

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What are the areas of cooperation between India-Bangladesh ties?
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What are the areas of concern between India-Bangladesh ties?

Apart from Teesta river water issue the other issues are, a) The continued presence of 1.1 million Rohingyas who fled from Myanmar in 2017 has created enormous pressure on the Bangladesh economy and social harmony. So, Bangladesh wants stronger support from India to facilitate their early return to Myanmar, b) India’s sensitivity to growing cooperation between Dhaka and Beijing, c) Despite India and Bangladesh government’s secular policy, “incidents” against the minority is a cause of worry.

Note: In the recent meeting, India made an assurance of more material assistance to support Rohingyas’ “safe, sustainable and expeditious return”. 

Read more: A lot is at stake for India-Bangladesh ties

The cumulative and adverse impact of COVID-19 and the Ukraine war on Bangladesh’s economy is visible by escalating protests, the sharp rise in fuel prices, erosion of foreign currency reserves, and a deepening financial crisis. This might change the present regime during the parliamentary elections in 2023.

But the people should respect the present regime for being “a role model for bilateral and regional cooperation”.

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