Visit of Prime Minister Modi to Bangladesh: Tension over low heat over CAA, NRC will take center stage

Prime Minister Narendra Modi you will have to work hard to calm uncertainties and hurt internal feelings Bangladesh when he visits Dhaka on March 17 to deliver the keynote address at the Mujib centenary celebrations.

This week, the Speaker of the Bangladesh parliament was the latest to cancel her visit to India. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury was leading an 18-member delegation to India on the invitation by her counterpart. The cancellation was awarded to the preparation needed for a special session of the Bangladesh parliament on March 22-23. The cancellation of her trip also coincides with protests in Bangladesh this week against the Delhi riots, which left several people injured. The opposition party BNP has also opposed Modi’s visit.

It is likely that Modi's visit includes some bilateral agreements on connectivity, for example, in inland waterways, increased frequency of trains, etc. But his visit will focus on the centenary celebrations, which has a special meaning for Sheikh Hasina .

But lurking beneath the surface will be tensions in that country by the CAA-NRC movements of India. Some of his apprehensions were dissipated by the Foreign Secretary when he was in Dhaka last week, the first high-level visit to that country after approval. The Indian government including the Indian mission in Dhaka has been criticized for poor outreach to not only the government but regular Bangladesh is to explain the new citizenship law to them.

Shringla said, in an address in Dhaka, “The (NRC) exercise is“ a process that is entirely internal to India. Therefore, there will be no implications for the Government and people of Bangladesh. You have our assurance on that count. ”

But in a reminder that politics rules not only India but Bangladesh as well, the Bangladesh foreign minister, A.K. Abdul Momen urged India not to do anything that would hurt Bangladesh . “"We are a political government . We were elected by people’s votes. India should not do anything so that we have to answer people for their actions,” he cautioned this week.

India and Bangladesh have untangled some bureaucratic hurdles that will now allow Bangladesh to procure defense equipment from India.