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Bangladeshi Prime Minister’s Visit to India

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The 4-day visit to India, which took place at the beginning of October of this year, by Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina and the negotiations with her Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, became noteworthy events in South Asia. The situation in the region, which even earlier had been prone to volatility, became increasingly more unstable after the Kashmir issue was revived. At present, this dangerous dispute has far-reaching consequences for the entire world.

The reason for the sudden rise in tensions (according to, we reiterate, the author’s point of view) was the de facto abrogation of Article 370 of India’s Constitution, which accorded Special Status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, on 5 August of this year. Almost immediately afterwards, the relationship between the key parties to the Kashmir conflict (i.e. India and Pakistan) reached new lows and yet another military confrontation, perhaps this time around involving nuclear weapons, became a distinct possibility.

And although there have been no further consequences so far, other than threatening rhetoric directed by both nations at each other, all of India’s and Pakistan’s nearest neighbors and leading world powers were forced to directly or indirectly take a stance on the current situation.

As for the key parties to the conflict, they have toned down the belligerent rhetoric towards one another, and began competing for approval on the international arena. It is important to note that, at present, Islamabad has absolutely no chance of mustering such support from its neighbor with similar religious views, i.e. People’s Republic of Bangladesh, which up until 1971 had been a part of Pakistan.

It was the year when this new country (with the aforementioned name) appeared on the political map of the world. And this did not happen as a result of an agreement in good faith with Islamabad, on the contrary, there was a bloody battle between local troops (supported by India) and the Pakistani Army. The number of casualties (primarily among the civilian population) and refugees is still unknown to this day, but according to various estimates, it ranges from hundreds of thousands to several million people.

At present, there are approximately 170 million people (primarily Muslims of Bengali descent) living in the country. A significant part of it is located in the region of the Ganges Brahmaputra Delta. Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated and poorest nations in the world with an annual GDP per capita of........

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