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Time To Cross The Bridge

Immigrants issue will lay a new path, but bilateral ties cannot afford to tilt

Time To Cross The Bridge
Bonhomie | Photograph by PTI
Time To Cross The Bridge
outlookindia.com
2017-12-16T12:13:17+05:30

It hovers perennially in the background, as if it’s the only real issue between India and Bangladesh. And the political rhetoric peaks every now and then within India. But all the internal hype over “illegal immigrants” notwithstanding, as a bilateral subject it’s sensitive and contentious and has hardly figured in official Indo-Bangladesh talks for over a decade, especially at the highest level.

Much of this stems from the way Indo-Bangladesh relations have progressed in the last 10 years, especially since Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League came to power in 2008, turning Dhaka into one of New Delhi’s closest allies in South Asia.

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