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Highlight the recent developments in the India-Bangladesh relationship. What are the straining points and major issues in the bilateral relations? Explain

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

4. Highlight the recent developments in the India-Bangladesh relationship. What are the straining points and major issues in the bilateral relations? Explain. (250 words)

Reference:  The Hindu

Why the question:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently visited Bangladesh to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the war of liberation and the centenary year of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Thus the question.

Key Demand of the question:

Discuss the recent developments in the India-Bangladesh relationship. Explain the straining points and issues in the bilateral relation.

Directive:

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

2021 marks 50 years since the independence of Bangladesh. India has played a key role in Bangladesh’s Liberation War and the friendship continues to grow.

Body:

Trace briefly the journey of the relationship. The relationship between India and Bangladesh has vacillated through highs and lows depending on the regimes in power.

Discuss the achievements so far and present the irritants between the two.

Both the countries have solved the border issues amicably by ratifying the historic Land Boundary Agreement in 2015, where enclaves were exchanged allowing inhabitants to choose their country of residence and become citizens of either India or Bangladesh.

The Bangladesh government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has uprooted anti-India insurgency elements from its borders, making the India-Bangladesh border one of the region’s most peaceful.

This has allowed India to make a massive redeployment of resources to its more contentious borders elsewhere along India’s borders and tension prone areas.

Conclusion:

Conclude that to make the recent gains irreversible, both countries need to continue working on the three Cs — cooperation, collaboration, and consolidation.