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India Needs to Stand by Sheikh Hasina

In a country of peasants that Bangladesh primarily is, voters want to see water flow down common rivers and bother less about agreements on outer space that India offered during Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit in early April. She is a friend of India and has done much to address its concerns. Hasina deserves a solid Indian payback, not big words or symbolic gestures.

“Bharat ki sudhu nitei jane, dite jane na” (Does India know only how to take, not give back), screamed a headline in Bangla Tribune in Dhaka, summing up the mood in Bangladesh at the end of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s four-day India visit that began on 7 April.

The opposition, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) blamed Hasina for “selling out to India,” referring to the two defence-related memoranda of understanding (MOUs) signed during her visit. The BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia went to the extent of saying that her government would review all the deals signed during the Hasina visit and scrap those that went against “national interest.”

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Updated On : 27th Apr, 2017

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