India to partner in Bangladesh's economic development

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart, Sheikh Hasina, held wide-ranging talks in New Delhi, exchanging views on defense, regional security and cooperation in combating worldwide terrorism.

Gandhi's son Rahul, the scion of Nehru-Gandhi family and the second-in-command of the Congress party, and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also made a courtesy call to the visiting Bangladesh prime minister at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. "I got something. Sometimes I jokingly say - I wanted water, but got electricity", Hasina told journalists at her official residence Ganabhaban.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said that resolution of the long-pending Teesta water sharing issue will transform bilateral ties with India.

"I personally have experienced what referring to Jinnah as a person who basically wanted a secular state with a Muslim majority.", Advani said leaving his statement incomplete, nevertheless giving a clear picture as to what his intentions were.

Hasina said all agreements with foreign countries are signed after approval of the cabinet. But PM Modi, she noted, said he would ensure a successful Teesta deal.

In many ways, this is an exceptional relationship, he said, adding, "Since we share 54 rivers, it is said that a river cuts through a rock, not because of its power but because of its persistence".

'Your problem is water, not Teesta. Hasina said that the Indian Parliament's unanimous approval of the land boundary agreement was reminiscent of India's whole-hearted support during Bangladesh's liberation war.

"There is no hide and seek regarding the agreements and MoUs", she said.

She has also claimed the Centre has not consulted her over the issue.

For India, the Hasina visit proved very productive. In addition, the common resolve of the two countries to fight Pakistan-sponsored terrorism was all too visible, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagging this aspect.

Meanwhile, Indian and Bangladeshi firms on Monday signed memoranda of understanding (MoUs) worth over $9 billion created to deepen cooperation in various sectors, including power, oil and gas. "This treaty is a formality, but India can not ignore our rights to the river water".

  • Salvatore Jensen