The Prime Minister returned from India to a âshowdownâ arranged by the Awami League to receive her at the airport. At least on TV, it seemed as if she had returned from exile, not a state visit to a friendly country. Balancing this hoi hoi, the opposition BNP has said that the PM had abandoned national interests in New Delhi. No doubt weâll see more hai hai.
To cut to the chase, my view is, âDonât believe the hypeâ. As far as Bangladesh is concerned, there really is nothing in the communiquĂ© that is irreversible, or that has altered things significantly in one direction or the other.
An explicit commitment by India to halt Tipaimukh would have been good, and the promise that âno harm will come to Bangladeshâ is a non-credible, non-binding statement.Â But this is how things stood before the PMâs trip, so she hasnât signed anything away.
On the other hand, the communiquĂ© doesnât require Bangladesh to seek the resolution of the maritime boundary demarcation solely through bilateral means. This is an important right the PM has retained for Bangladesh, and this should be acknowledged. Read more »