The Bangladesh Prime Minister's visit comes after a gap of seven years. Further, as one Chinese media report puts it, Bangladeshi military leaders do not wish to buy defense weapons from India given the latter's own heavy dependence on other countries and because they see Indian weapons as not being of sufficiently high-quality.
What is more, New Delhi is now pressing Dhaka for a comprehensive, 25-year agreement on defence cooperation.
"Bangladesh is critical for peace and development in India's NorthEast".
India is likely to announce a $500 million line of credit for Bangladesh to buy spares for its MiG-29S fighters, and explore purchasing MiG-35 aircraft. There are also strong cross-border cultural links which connect India and Bangladesh, despite occasional tensions. Just $5 a month.More news: Comparison between investment and gambling
Narendra Modi greets Sheikh Hasina on Friday. Delhi and Dhaka also "pledged zero tolerance towards terrorism and extremism". With Xi already showering her with gifts, India will extend another line of credit, but naturally on a smaller scale. But those opposed to the Awami League are uncomfortable with a defence agreement.
"The central government will not go ahead with the agreement on Teesta without taking West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on board and she has been opposing it stridently citing water crisis in the state". India is hoping to make Hasina's trip a major success. Negotiations on Teesta have been ongoing for nearly two decades.
He said the Centre's readiness to fund the rehabilitation of those who will come to India during the swap of enclaves broke the ice and paved the way for the Land Boundary Agreement. By handing over the Ulfa leaders Sheikh Hasina closed down the networks, which had an impact on the politics of Assam, helping the BJP sweep to power in 2017. Adding to Hasina's worries, this finding also suggests increasing political polarisation in the country. The issue of Teesta is likely to figure during Banerjee's interaction with Hasina.
Bangladesh has been voicing its concerns about the terrorism problem in South Asia nearly as vociferously as India. Creating a cooperative community in the Bay of Bengal will also help stem China's rising influence in the region, including via the Belt and Road Initiative. In order to enhance regional connectivity, New Delhi has made a decision to dredge the Brahmaputra river from Sadia in Assam to Chittagong port in Bangladesh. Sources said Banerjee has raised doubts on the implication of the Treaty on the people of West Bengal. Over the years, the relations have gone from strength to strength, with Bangladesh playing an important ally in India's ascendancy as a continental and global superpower in making. That is why New Delhi has taken different stands on sharing water resources with its neighbours. An inter-ministerial meeting was held on Sunday to discuss the progress on overall preparation of the Bangladesh side.