India’s Ties With Bangladesh Are Thriving—for Now

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, and his Bangladeshi counterpart, Sheikh Hasina, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 26, 2021 (Photo courtesy of Modi’s Twitter account).
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, and his Bangladeshi counterpart, Sheikh Hasina, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 26, 2021 (Photo courtesy of Modi’s Twitter account).

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to Bangladesh last month may not have led to any big-ticket announcements, but it was high on symbolism. Modi was honored as the chief guest during celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence on March 26, as well as the birth centenary celebrations of the country’s founder, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Both Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart, Sheikh Hasina, Rahman’s daughter, used the visit as an opportunity to commemorate India’s role in supporting Bangladesh’s war of liberation from Pakistan in 1971 and highlight the deep cultural and historical linkages between the two countries. […]

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