Bangladesh-India Relations: Transitions at the Core

  • M. Ashab Uddin
Part of the Global Political Transitions book series (GLPOTR)


Investigating Bangladesh-India bilateral relations is typically a study of romance, translated through practical action and various joint initiatives. Yet, nuances sprouting along that spectrum seem set to leave a shorter leash for compromise: Bangladesh does not enjoy the same weight in Indian foreign policy as China and Pakistan do, and showcasing its importance, progress, and potential to India does not always extract maximum mileage. River water sharing and domestic political dynamics, which challenge that relationship, do not receive enough attention. Opportunities to further strengthen bilateral ties, exploit untapped potentials, and cultivate more mutual understanding, respect, and reciprocity cannot be taken for granted in an atmosphere of intensifying regional competition in which China and Pakistan rattle the Bangladesh-India harmony.


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  • M. Ashab Uddin
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  1. 1.Bangladesh ArmyDhakaBangladesh

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