Call for boosting Indo-Bangla ties
Speakers at a roundtable said Bangladesh and India will have to play a proactive role in boosting their bilateral relations.
They expressed the opinion at a roundtable styled “Bangladesh-India Relations: Thoughts of Young Generation” organised by News24 TV channel.
Held at the East West Media Group Limited conference room on Saturday, the event was moderated by head of current affairs of News24 Samia Rahman.
Promotion of bilateral relations of the two neighbouring countries is crucial to revamp the sub-regional ties, they said.
Representatives of young generation think the two countries should be more cooperative in promoting educational, cultural and socio-economic sectors.
Not only the governments of Bangladesh and India, but also the people of both the countries will have to work in a concerted manner.
Fraternity between the people of the two countries already exists. Despite the fact, problems arise in getting Indian visa and in exchanging academic, cultural and research knowledge.
Former ambassador Humayun Kabir and international relations expert Prof Tareque Shamsur Rehman replied to various queries of the young participants.
Humayun Kabir termed the relationship between Bangladesh and India as ‘historic’. “We have to move forward based on the basic relations between the two countries. A firm position on the part of any country is a precondition for promoting ties with other countries. The relationship should be sustainable.”
Prof Tareque Shamsur Rehman said Bangladesh needs Indian help for achieving its socio-economic development.Such help can contribute a lot in attainment of the target of Bangladesh to become one of the next 11 countries having potentials to become one of the world’s largest economies of the 21st century. Both the countries need each other’s help to push forward the sub-regional development plan. Bangladesh needs its due share of Teesta water from India. The country will have to seek many more things from India.
Samia Rahman said the two countries need to take concrete steps as holding mere roundtable is not enough to attain the excepted goal. She underscored the need for reducing the gap existing between expectations and achievements.