India-Bangladesh Relations Cautiously Improve: 5 Geopolitical Effects You Need to Know

1. The sudden increase in India-Bangladesh co-operation

In recent weeks, there appears to be a sudden and unexpected increase in the engagements between Bangladesh and India in many areas of mutual interest. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to visit India in the first week of October, while the Indian External Affairs Minister is most likely to pay his maiden visit to Bangladesh on August 20-21. Both sides will discuss various issues concerning 54 common rivers spanning the two countries, according to a top Water Resources Ministry official, as well as the intent to develop economic ties. This is a positive sign for both nations, as they could help develop infrastructure in both nations, helping create many jobs.

2. Nations agree to boost railway connectivity

In a part of the positive contacts between India and Bangladesh, Bangladesh and India agreed to boost railway connectivity between the two countries due to growing demand from passengers, Bangladeshi state media reported. The decision came at a delegation-level meeting held between the Railway Minister of Bangladesh Nurul Islam Sujan and his Indian counterpart Piyush Goel at Rail Bhavan in New Delhi. After the meeting, Goel announced that the frequency of Kolkata-Dhaka Moitree Express and Kolkata-Khulna Bandhan Express would be increased following passenger’s demand. This is an important project that will help mend ties between the 2 countries, and a sign of a willingness to economic cooperation.

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3. Bangladesh not ready to compromise

4. India maintains worry of migration

5. Bangladesh observing Kashmir situation

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