Bangladesh elections: what's at stake for India

By Editorji News Desk
Published on | Jan 07, 2024

General elections in B'desh

Voting began in Bangladesh on January 7 with Sheikh Hasina-led Awami League set to return to power.

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Hasina set to return as PM

The main opposition BNP is boycotting the polls calling the election process a sham designed to cement Hasina's rule.

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Defence cooperation

India shares a 4,1000-km border with B'desh and a stable and friendly neighbour is in India's best interests.

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B'desh's oldest ally

India was first country to recognise Bangladesh as an independent state and established diplomatic relations with it after its independence in 1971.

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National security

Awami League's crackdown on anti-India elements and counter-terrorism cooperation with India has improved India’s overall security situation.

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Keeps Islamic radicals in check

Hasina's party has been committed to keep Islamic radicals and Pakistan's ISI out of power in Bangladesh which works in India's favour.

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Growing economic ties

After India, Bangladesh is the second largest economy in South Asia. India's export to B'desh stood at USD 8 billion during Apr–Nov 2022.

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Regional cooperation

Both countries are also engaged in regional cooperation through multilateral forums like SAARC, BIMSTEC, and IORARC.

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Illegal migration

Illegal migration from Bangladesh to India, involving refugees and economic migrants, remains a pressing issue.

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Growing Chinese influence in Bangladesh

China's increasing involvement with Bangladesh could potentially undermine India's regional standing and impede its strategic aspirations.

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