India’s diplomatic move: Securing Teesta amidst Lok Sabha election

The timing is crucial, as Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gears up for a potential visit to India, slated for either early June or the first week of July, pending the formation of a new government in India post-elections.

India has set its sights on strengthening ties with Bangladesh, aiming to secure the shared Teesta River amidst the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. Highlighting the significance of India’s proximity to Dhaka compared to Beijing, Bangladesh Foreign Minister Hasan Mahmud underscored the strong rapport between the two nations.

Mahmud’s remarks came following a crucial meeting with Indian Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra, who is on a visit to Bangladesh to discuss bilateral issues. The timing is crucial, as Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gears up for a potential visit to India, slated for either early June or the first week of July, pending the formation of a new government in India post-elections.

The relationship between India and Bangladesh has seen recent momentum, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi extending warm congratulations to Prime Minister Hasina earlier this year on her electoral victory. Their close ties were reaffirmed during the G20 Leaders Summit in September 2023, where Bangladesh participated as a guest country.

A key focal point of discussion between India and Bangladesh is the Teesta River project. Mahmud revealed India’s keen interest in funding the project, aligning with Bangladesh’s requirements. The Teesta River, stretching across Sikkim and West Bengal before reaching Bangladesh, holds immense significance for both countries. A report by the Asian Foundation underscores its importance, with its floodplain supporting a significant portion of Bangladesh’s population and serving as a vital resource in West Bengal.

The potential financing of the Teesta Extend implies a shared promise to tend to shared concerns and cultivate territorial participation. As both countries explore the complexities of household legislative issues, their collaborative endeavours emphasize a shared vision for feasible improvement and common success.