Ashikur Rahman (for Info only, not official)

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    ... Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed’s recently concluded visit to India has reignited an old anti-India discourse in Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the country’s principal opposition party, has not only raised red flags against the MoUs and agreements signed during the visit but has stated that the visit ensured Bangladesh’s servility to India’s economic and security interests. This pathological anti-India stance is not new. The BNP’s anti-India position, during its stints in government, between 1991 and 1996, and 2001 to 2006, has cost Bangladesh dearly. During these stints, the BNP failed to address critical bilateral issues such as the maritime boundary dispute, the land boundary dispute, investments in common infrastructure, energy trade for Bangladesh’s benefit and water-sharing arrangements. Worse, the party began to support separatist movements in India’s north-eastern states. ...

    Indian Express on April 12, 2017, 12:15 a.m.