Sheikh Hasina’s participation in Modi’s oath ceremony is a new dimension in India-Bangladesh relations

Hiren Pandit

His neighbouring India relationship with independent Bangladesh began on December 6, 1971 by recognizing India’s Bangladesh.

As India has similarities with Bangladesh on cultural, social and economic connections, history, culture, language, heritage and art, the emotions of the people of every two countries are almost the same. India was directly involved in the war for Bangladesh at the end of the Liberation War in 1971, but opened their borders from the beginning of the genocide of the Bengalis by the Pakistanis. About 10 million people in the country left their homes to escape cruelty. Despite the difficulties, the Indian government has given shelter to the oppressed people for 9 months in the war, giving food.

His neighbouring India relationship with independent Bangladesh began on December 6, 1971 by recognizing India’s Bangladesh. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Indira Gandhi’s diplomatic wisdom and ideological leadership reached a different height.

“In a speech at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata on February 7, 1972, Bangabandhu said, “”I firmly believe that India-Bangladesh alliance will last forever.” No power in the world can crack this alliance.”

Bangabandhu was based on the relationship between the two countries based on respect for each other’s freedom, sovereignty, regional integrity, democratic customs and values. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is on the way to diplomatic relations shown by Bangabandhu. Both countries have been given priority in foreign policy due to strategic situation.

Prime Minister joined Narendra Modi’s oath-taking ceremony as Prime Minister of India. On Sunday evening (June 9) Sheikh Hasina joined the oath-taking ceremony in New Delhi with her daughter Sayma Wazed. More than 8,000 prominent people, including Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan, Nepal, Mauritius and Sicily, took part in the event. They later joined the Banjati of President Draupadi Murmur in the Presidential Building.

Narendra Modi, head of the NDA alliance, has been sworn in as Prime Minister for the third time in India. No other Prime Minister has been sworn in three times besides Jawaharlal Nehru. 72 members of the cabinet were also sworn in at the oath ceremony held in the Presidential Building on Sunday evening. Congress President Mallikarjun was present at the event, but Trinamool Congress leader West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee did not attend.

President Draupadi Murmu was sworn in as Prime Minister at 7:15 pm local time. Along with Modi, 72 members of his cabinet also took oath at the event. Among them are 30 ministers of cabinet. Five independent ministerial ministers.

Besides the BJP, 11 allies have also been appointed as the minister. 43 ministers have served this duty three times or more. Of 72 ministers, 39 were reported to have served in the previous government.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina attended the event in a strong security. Earlier, he met with the 96-year-old senior BJP leader Lalakrishna Advani at his home.

High Commissioner of Bangladesh in India. Mustafizur Rahman said the two leaders talked about their personal issues at the meeting. They also thrill each other’s memories of exchanges and past.

Then in the evening, the Prime Minister joined his daughter Sayma Wazed as the third foreign leader in the presidential building.

The BJP did not get a majority in the election this time. So the Padma Shibiri has to largely rely on NDA’s partners to build the government. But important ministries such as Home, Defence, Finance, Education and Culture have kept the BJP in its hands. Several distributions have been distributed among other important ministries, Chandrababu Naidu TDP, Nitish Kumar JDU, LJP of Chirag Paswan, Shiv Sena of Eknath Shind, JDS of Devgouar and RLD of Jayant Chowdhury.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina invited India Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Bangladesh. Prime Minister’s visit to New Delhi, Foreign Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud told reporters this.

Bangladesh High Commissioner Mustafizur Rahman and Press Secretary of Prime Minister Naeemul Islam Khan was with the Foreign Minister at this time.

At ITC Maurya Hotel, India’s capital, New Delhi, Minister Hasan Mahmud told reporters: “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met with her at the conclusion of Narendra Modi’s oath as Prime Minister for the third time. He congratulated Narendra Modi and NDA alliance again for the victory in the election and invited Prime Minister Modi to visit Bangladesh.”

Sheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi held a solid meeting at Hyderabad House on Monday morning. This is the first time the two leaders have met in a new discussion after they came to power.

Diplomatic sources say the two countries have taken the importance of progressing relations in recent years in the consistency of the two prime ministers. As part of this, Sheikh Hasina’s bilateral visit to India has also come into discussion. By the end of this month, the Prime Minister is due to visit India.

In the meeting at the Presidential Building, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed her sincere interest in working with Narendra Modi’s new government to strengthen the bonding of the two countries, the Foreign Minister said.

Hasan Mahmud said, “Bangladesh-India relations under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been upgraded to new heights and many jobs in Bangladesh and India as the nearest neighbor. We need to work together for more improvement in both countries, including communication infrastructure development to increase people’s connectivity.”

The two leaders expressed hope for strengthening existing bilateral relations in the coming days.

Dr. Mahmud said, “In a meeting held in the Presidential Building in a very warm and friendly environment, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh invited his Indian counterpart to visit Bangladesh at a convenient time. “Bilateral relations between Bangladesh and India under the foresight of Sheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi have reached new heights.”””

Narendra Modi has run his state for the last 10 years and Sheikh Hasina has already run his state for 16 years.”

Responding to a question about expectations and receiving from each other, the Foreign Minister said, “There is a multi-purpose relationship between Bangladesh and India. Many things are involved in the two countries. Since both governments continue to operate the country, there are some advantages of working together. “The people of both countries are benefiting from different aspects, including the two countries’ friendly relations.”””

“The Foreign Minister expressed hope that “”our multidimensional relations will be more expansive and deeper in the future.”””

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has also met with Rajya Sabha Member of India and Congress Parliamentary Party Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and his son Lok Sabha opposition leader Rahul Gandhi.

They met with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at ITC Maurya Hotel on June 10. At the time, Sonia Gandhi’s daughter and General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi was also present.

The Prime Minister spoke with Gandhi family in a heart-breaking environment. After this meeting, the meeting was held with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Union Minister S Jaishankar of India.

Foreign Minister Briefed journalists on two issues later on the meeting Hasan Mahmud. “Mentioning that the meeting of Union Minister of India S Jaishankar with the Prime Minister was “”hearted”” as well, the Foreign Minister said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina congratulated her as a re-election minister and expressed her intent to work together.”””

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will visit India again at the end of this month. Analysts believe that participation of Sheikh Hasina at the oath-taking ceremony of Narendra Modi is of different importance before that visit and that separate meeting with Modi is of importance.

In their opinion, this is a sign of close relations with the Modi government with the Awami League government. It has been seen before the election of Bangladesh. You can see ahead too.

But they think that the future will tell how beneficial Bangladesh will benefit or how much it will benefit in equivalent to various unresolved issues.

If the government changes in India, they usually don’t change in foreign policy. And in India, the government has not changed. Modi is in power again. India has a common consensus on foreign policy. And that’s more determined about Bangladesh. Although the party changes, Bangladesh does not change policy. Anything may be highlighted based on people’s expectations or needs.

In fact, no government has changed in any country. Maybe there’s been some ministers from the coalition. That won’t change great anymore. The relationship between the two countries will be as much as it is. When Awami League came to power in 2008, Congress was in power in India. Awami League term was in power in India. Modi came to power in 2014, so many thought Modi had come to power, and there would be many difficulties in the Awami League. There was no problem.

If Awami League is in power, relations with India are good. Because this relationship is very old. This relationship will be better. There’s no reason to change. Any incident in neighboring India is important for Bangladesh. The Father of Bengali nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s success led the whole Bangladesh united. The result was a single majority of Awami League in the 1970 election, but forcibly attempting to rule without handing power, the Bangabandhu’s call for the Great Liberation War began. India was standing next to the helpless people at the time. Indira Gandhi’s historical role in forming international public opinion and in a very short time in the matrimonial behavior of the Bengali nation defeated the world’s mighty army.

As the national election of Bangladesh became important to India, India’s elections also became important to Bangladesh. In numerous accounts, Bengali support team is part of the support team. Democratic continuity India’s national election is now a model all over the world. Bangladesh is undoubtedly India, under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the country they have kept the closest ties with and the country that has gained the most importance in Bangladesh’s foreign policy. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s new term is also more likely to continue that trend.

On the other hand, India’s foreign policy also increased in the last half a decade. India has also said several times that Bangladesh is their “most friendly neighbor” in the entire South Asia. During this time, unsuccessful progress in talks between India and Bangladesh on issues such as security, defence, connectivity or connection, water distribution of identical rivers, disputes over land and sea boundaries, cooperation in electricity and energy sectors.

Sheikh Hasina has wisely confronted the situation with India and China, maintained diplomacy of balance with the two countries. Bangladesh needs China at the moment in the development process. This will be the cause of India’s headache – there’s no reason to think so. India, as a good friend, neighbor, understands this truth. Sheikh Hasina government will never allow any power to use Bangladesh’s territory in anti-India activities. This truth has been proved from the Awami League government formed in 1996. The government has maintained this policy and India believes it. Bangladesh has expressed interest in joining the ‘quad’ coalition overlooking China’s opinion. Bangladesh believes that participation in this alliance is needed for the economic development of Bangladesh.

Not only the great liberation war, but also the Prime Minister of India played an important role in the release of the father of the nation’s father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, imprisoned by the Pakistani army after the surrender of the Pakistani army. Within his welfare, the Pakistan government was forced to release the nation’s father Bangabandhu in very short periods of time. Bangabandhu didn’t forget this debt. He landed Delhi on his way back to London from Pakistan to visit Indira Gandhi. He thanked the government and the people of India for his sincere support in the Bangladesh Liberation War. In a word of Bangabandhu, Indian soldiers who helped in the liberation war were returned.

The US ambassador’s performance on the elections held in early 2024 was like to be seen. They also tried to gather support from India’s neighboring dominant state of Bangladesh. The Narendra Modi government did not respond to their calls. In addition, they have introduced friends about the position against foreign interference in Bangladesh’s internal affairs. Besides, India first helped us with vaccination during the corona epidemic.

In the last decade, Narendra Modi has become one of the world leaders with his qualifications. India has taken India to the unique height of world politics through the right foreign policy. From a tea seller, this Indian leader has established himself as an unwritten leader of India in a long political way. His mature politics has been able to hold the Indian Janata Party to power three times.

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