PM Modi and Hasina Usher in a Golden Era of India-Bangladesh Relations

PM Modi and Hasina Usher in a Golden Era of India-Bangladesh Relations

Prime Minister Hasina’s visit to India in Modi 3.0 began a “golden era,” accomplishing more in ten years than forty.

As part of the SAGAR theory, the Indo-Pacific vision, and its “Neighbourhood First” and “Act East” policies, India sees Bangladesh as an essential neighbour. On the other hand, India is the biggest Asian market for Bangladeshi goods, and Bangladesh views India as a reliable friend and important development partner.

Ten agreements were signed during the visit, strengthening bilateral and sub-regional cooperation. Both leaders presented a “futuristic vision” that was based on India’s “Viksit Bharat by 2047” and Bangladesh’s “Smart Bangladesh Vision 2041.”

Partnerships in the areas of sustainability, the environment, and the blue economy were highlighted.

Agreements on data-sharing and temporary water-sharing arrangements were made in the field of water resources management. A joint technical committee was established in response to the Ganga Water Sharing Treaty, which is set to expire in 2026. India will help Bangladesh manage and preserve the Teesta River.

New areas of cooperation include energy, digital cooperation, space (India helped launch a satellite for Bangladesh), and a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. Together with modernization initiatives and cooperative exercises, the defence collaboration will expand.