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India’s partnership with Bangladesh stands out as a role model in the region for good neighbourly relations and very few countries in the world share such close fraternal ties. Discuss the present areas of co-operation along with the associated concerns. Also explain where should the future focus lie?

Topic: India and its neighbourhood- relations.

5. India’s partnership with Bangladesh stands out as a role model in the region for good neighbourly relations and very few countries in the world share such close fraternal ties. Discuss the present areas of co-operation along with the associated concerns. Also explain where should the future focus lie? (250 words)

Reference: Hindustan Times The Hindu 

Why this question:

India recently handed over 10 railway locomotives to Bangladesh at a virtual ceremony. The external affairs minister said India’s concessional lines of credit of close to USD 10 billion to Bangladesh are the largest it has extended to any country.

Key demand of the question:

The question demands elaboration on India-Bangladesh ties in detail from past to present.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

In brief explain the background of the question, the present context of relations between the two countries.

Body:

Explain in detail the ties across different domains like – Sharing of River Waters, Bilateral Trade, Institutional Mechanisms, India’s Economic Assistance to Bangladesh, areas of conflicts.

Discuss the areas of concern between the two – border issues, refugees, NRC of Assam etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude with what the two countries should focus in terms of future engagements and that Bangladesh and India are crucial landmark in the determination of the geographic and political contours of South Asia.

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