PM Modi's diplomacy has blunted Bangladesh's anti-India forces like BNP
Dhaka, June 6: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Bangladesh hasn't seen any unrest for the anti-Indian political forces of the neighbouring country have revised their stand. [Follow Narendra Modi's Bangladesh visit]
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which is in the opposition now, has been historically known for its strong anti-India rhetorics but even that wants to build friendly relations with India. The party even arranged for a meeting between Modi and its chief Khaleda Zia, the former prime minister of the country. [What Bangladeshi media said about PM Modi's visit]
The BNP has not criticised the Land Boundary Agreement and even thanked the initiative made by India to amend its constitution to implement the agreement. The party hasn't even targetted the Awami League government of Sheikh Hasina over the agreements with India for connectivity between the two neighbours.
The fact that Bangladesh is set to gain more land than India through the land agreement has perhaps satisfied the BNP, a nationalist outfit, and India achieved a diplomatic victory by winning the confidence of both the government and opposition of that country. The BNP can't criticise the land bill for it will jeopardise its own nationalist stand.
Narendra Modi's credit lies in the fact that he has successfully changed problems into opportunities. From India's right wing camps' known anti-Bangladesh stand, Modi manouvred his foreign policy priorities and made possible the realisation of a landmark agreement, gaining Dhaka's confidence in the process.
He even took along Mamata Banerjee, the maverick West bengal chief minister who had played a spoilport when former prime minister Manmohan Singh tried to break ice, with him ensuring that all voices fell on same line.
The ultimate target of the entire exercise is get South Asia away from China's growing shadow and strengthen India's position in the region.