More scope of cooperation between India and Bangladesh

India and Bangladesh could be treated as some of the very friendly nations in the Asian region with larger levels of cooperation and minimum issues across the border to be sorted out. The recent visit of the India’s Industry Minister, Anand Sharma to Dhaka could be another exemplary visit in taking the International relations between these two nations.

If we need to go back to the history of Bangladesh, India was instrumental in the formation of Bangladesh way back in 1971.It was the Indira Gandhi’s regime that was supporting the liberation movement of Bangladesh during the bloody history of Pakistan. Ironically three nations formed after the Independence in 1947 could not stay cooperative with each other for which the policies and practice of Pakistan were more responsible. Contrary to the India’s secular policies Pakistan could never accommodate Bangladesh region when it was part of Pakistan. It could be noted that making Urdu a compulsion where 90% of the region being Bengali speaking was a very unfortunate state of affairs from the Pakistani establishment post independence. Contrarily to Pakistani policy, Indian Government never imposed such stringent regulation in spite of officially declaring Hindi as its national language. Pakistan continues to be one of the speculative reasons for any instability in the region. It was the gesture from India which had supported the Bangladeshi liberation movement which continued to keep up the relations with Bangladesh very cordial, supportive and friendly till today’s government.

The context also suggest the Indo pak war in 1965 which had left India with options to snap commutation routes to the East Bengal region which was then part of Pakistan. The recent visit of the India’s Industry Minister to Dhaka could assume responsibility in order to bring in the railway lines between India and Pakistan to strengthen the relations further. It was agreed during a meeting with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheik Hasina that serious efforts shall be made to restore these railway lines which will improve trade and commerce along with political relations between these countries.

While the Kolkata – Dhaka rail link was already active, there are more rail links which could be activated as result of these recent talks. These rail links would be Gede (India), Darsana (Bangladesh) broad gauge, Singhabad (India), Rohanpur (Bangladesh) broad gauge, Petrapole (India), Benapole (Bangladesh) broad gauge, Radhikapur (India), Shahbazar (Bangladesh) metre gauge.

These latest developments are in the light of 2010 India – Bangladesh joint statement that emphasized on improving cooperation in trade and commerce between these two countries. The delegation from India could successfully complete their agenda as they could achieve satisfactory assurance on the provisions of Chittagong and Mongola ports. This recent business pact would have a tremendous impact on development of Bangladesh and India, especially North East India. Bangladesh and India could raise the standards in global platform when it comes to boarder cooperation and resolving issues and arriving to possibilities with clear dialogue and political process. This could be a continuous phenomenon in developing tread and share business expertise between the two countries.


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