20 January, 2021

The Fish Swims Upriver

The India-Bangladesh bonhomie is warmed by solid quid pro quo

Jitender Gupta
The Fish Swims Upriver

India’s gains:

  • Gets access to Chittagong and other Bangladeshi ports for movement of its goods and other materials
  • A clear determination from Dhaka that Bangladesh will not allow “anti-Indian forces” to operate from its soil
  • Project its friendship with Bangladesh to show that India can be generous to those who take care of its interests
  • Puts in place a framework for close cooperation in all spheres that will not be subject to the vagaries of political change in Dhaka

Bangladesh’s gains:

  • The first country ever to receive a billion-dollar line of credit from India for infrastructure development
  • An assured supply of 250 MW of power from India
  • Work on the Tipaikukh dam project to be carried out in a way that it doesn’t harm Bangladesh’s interest


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