Issues and Events in Bangladesh-India Relations in 2022: A CBGA Assessment

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The KRF Center for Bangladesh and Global Affairs (CBGA, Dhaka) has launched a landmark initiative of publishing its yearly assessments of selected events, issues and challenges in foreign policy, global affairs and major challenges in the world. The research team of the CBGA has identified a host of issues and events that dominated contours and discourse of bilateral relations between Bangladesh and India in 2022. It is the first volume on Issues and Events in Bangladesh-India Relations in 2022. The events and issues covered in this volume were published as a series of CBGA Briefs in 2022. The book has also covered briefs and opinion pieces published by the researchers of the CBGA in different national and international dailies and online portals in 2022. The volume will be immensely beneficial to the scholars, students and observers of foreign policy, international relations, Bangladesh-India relations, disciplines of social sciences and humanities and analysts of different backgrounds. The insights of the papers in the book will also be of great interest to policy makers, diplomats and international donors. It is the first of its kind in Bangladesh by a think-tank and thus merits serious attention both from academic and policy perspectives.

Bangladesh-India relations deepened and broadened in 2022 on multiple fronts. Both the countries have overcome the hurdles of building robust bilateral partnership mostly created in the decades of the late 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s. The contours of relations had taken a U-turn since the assumption of power in Bangladesh by Sheikh Hasina first in 1996 and then in 2009. The consistent engagements of the two neighbors in promoting comprehensive partnership and deeper understanding have caused a paradigm shift in the trajectories of bilateral relations and have taken the relations to a new height as demonstrated through massive undertakings by Bangladesh and India in every sector – security, economy, connectivity, diplomacy, border relations, water sharing, and culture. Summit after summit, conference after conference and meeting after meeting held between the two countries since 2009 have transformed the relations to its present state of convergence and deep cooperation. It is expected that these twenty-nine pieces of analyses will be a ground-breaking contribution to the study of Bangladesh-India bilateral relations.