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11th April 2017 | Editorial Simplified

Editorial Simplified : 11th Day of April 2017

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The Hindu / The India Express

Editorial : Sheikh Hasina India visit Second Best Friend 

Context:

PM Ms. Sheikh Hasina’s visit to New Delhi and the conclusion of a few important agreements except for one on Teesta

Important Points:

  • PM Modi has assured the visiting PM of Bangladesh Ms. Sheikh Hasina of an early resolution to the Teesta water dispute. It highlights India’s commitment to conclude an agreement for the same for which a framework was initialled in 2011.
  • India’s steady improvement of ties with Bangladesh started during the tenure of PM Manmohan Singh wherein agreements on cooperation on terrorism, and the frameworks for the land swap and water-sharing arrangements were signed.
  • This need for bipartisanship was stressed on by Ms. Hasina and this is exactly what we need to come up with a solution for Teesta, just like we passed the Constitutional Amendment Act for the Land Boundary Agreement.
  • Taking the energy and synergy forward, the two PMs have concluded agreements on energy cooperation and connectivity, in the field of private investment, an MoU on a framework for defence cooperation – essentially formalised existing arrangements for defence exchanges, military training and high-level defence visits, and an agreement of cooperation on peaceful uses of nuclear energy which endorsed the existing training programmes for Bangladeshi scientists at Indian facilities.
  • India’s has also announced further lines of credit of $5 billion, including $500 million for defence purchases, the largest such LoC extended to any country so far
  • Other agreements include a bus service that will run between Kolkata, Khulna and Dhaka, a new passenger train service and a new rail link for running goods trains. India will also finance a diesel oil pipeline from Numaligarh to Parbatipur and Indian companies will enter into a long-term agreement for the supply of diesel
  • In a context where China is taking the lead with its Belt & Road initiative, India has chosen well to extend funds to rebuild old railway lines, and construct bridges, power plants, ports and roads in Bangladesh
  • Plans to revive inland waterway channels are also under way, and hold the potential to increase connectivity with Nepal and Bhutan
  • These will not only improve connectivity with Bangladesh but with India, the North-East, as well.
  • PM Modi remarked that India’s allocation for Bangladesh had reached $8 billion in the last 6 years, which pales as compared to the $24 billion offered by President Xi last year when Bangladesh endorsed his One Belt One Road initiative. India might not be able to match the economic clout of China and so for that reason it becomes all the more important to resolve the Teesta issue to generate goodwill for India in the people of Bangladesh.
  • It is imperative to find an amicable solution to the issue to truly transform Indo-Bangladesh ties.

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