SINGAPORE | From the Himalayas to the Korean DMZ to the South China Sea, the balance of power in Asia appears to be shifting. But beneath the rhetoric, have the fundamentals really changed ? In East–West Center International Media Conference in Singapore, an expert panel of journalists, policy analysts, and academics examined the situation from…
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Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina is going back home with some hope of a breakthrough on the vexed issue after her meetings with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
Her meeting with Modi on Friday after the inauguration of the Bangladesh Bhavan lasted an hour.
On Saturday her meeting with Mamata at Taj Bengal hotel in Calcutta lasted for more than an hour.
Hasina was tight lipped but Mamata described the meeting as ” very cordial’.
Last two days, the two ladies seemed to be pulling off well – Hasina dragging Mamata to every photo shoot even in presence of Modi so that the West Bengal chief minister would never feel less important
Throughout the last two days, the two ladies seemed to be pulling off well – Hasina dragging Mamata to every photo shoot even in presence of Modi so that the West Bengal chief minister would never feel less important.
The stress on ‘improvement of two Bengals’ by both ladies may be a pointer to a possible breakthrough on vexed issues like Teesta.
Ruling Awami League general secretary and roads minister Obaidul Quader told the Dhaka media that though an accord on Teesta would not happen immediately, some progress has been achieved.
“BESH AGROGOTI HOYECHE” is what Quader exactly told the media in his reactions.
It was not clear whether he had been briefed by his leader PM Hasina or her advisers but a senior person like Quader is not expected to fly imaginary kites.
Hasina’s “very positive reference “to the land boundary deal and her pitch on all party consensus was also significant.
Has she got a wind of it on Teesta ! Answers will have to wait. ■