There was a time when country interest was above party politics. Atal Bihari Vajpayee compared Indira Gandhi to Mother Durga in the war of Bangladesh. Vajpayee was a staunch opponent of Indira, but in an important war and in the interest of the country, the opposition was also with the government.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (File Photo)
When Sheikh Mujibur Rahman announced independence of Bangladesh in the east of India on March 26, 1971, separate from Pakistan, he would not have had any doubt that after 50 years the neighboring country would Controversy will begin in India and especially in West Bengal bordering Bangladesh. Even though Indira Gandhi had made a major contribution to the establishment of Bangladesh, invitations are given to the head of the government on such occasions. Therefore, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was invited by Bangladesh as the chief guest on its 50th anniversary and Modi will be in Bangladesh on a two-day tour on 26 and 27 March. Modi or BJP may not have played any role in Bangladesh’s independence, but the invitation will be given only to the current Prime Minister of India, not to Sonia Gandhi, daughter-in-law of Indira Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi, grandson of Indira Gandhi, nor of West Bengal. To Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, then the controversy over Modi’s visit to Bangladesh is beyond comprehension.
Usually, the outline of such government visits is decided at least three-four months in advance. For now, Modi is scheduled to attend the European Union meeting on 8 May in Portugal, will be in the United Kingdom for the G-7 meeting from 11 to 13 June, and attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on 22–23 July. Will go to Japan.
The association of people of Bangladesh with West Bengal is old.
When the Ministry of External Affairs accepted the invitation of Bangladesh, together with the Prime Minister’s Office, did the Election Commission not announce elections in West Bengal or Assam at that time. And now it is incomprehensible and condemnable to associate this government tour with the election of West Bengal. West Bengal’s attachment to Bangladesh is natural. When the country was partitioned at the time of India’s independence, two states had to bear the brunt of this, the states of Bengal and Punjab were also divided along with the country. There are many such families in West Bengal who shifted to West Bengal, India instead of living in East Pakistan after Partition, but even today they are attached to their father’s grandfather’s land. Of course, every resident of West Bengal wishes for a better and closer relationship with Bangladesh, but to think that only Modi’s two-day visit to Bangladesh will have an impact on elections in West Bengal is hypothetical.
Modi is going on a foreign tour after one and a half years
The funny thing is that Modi was criticized even when he went on a foreign tour in his first term, and now when Modi is going out of India for the first time after almost one and a half years, his opponents are also suffering. . Modi last visited Brazil in November 2020 on a foreign tour. In fact, what is troubling his opponents is Modi’s program to visit Matua temple in Orkandi on 27th March. In the past, whenever Modi went abroad, he used to go to the local Hindu temples there. This is not a new thing.
Bangladesh is important for India
It is after almost six years of visiting a Prime Minister of India to visit Bangladesh. The last time Modi visited Bangladesh was in June 2015. Before that, the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh went to Bangladesh in 2011. A cordial relationship with Bangladesh is in India’s interest. At one time, terrorists from Pakistan entered India through Bangladesh and there was a training camp for terrorist organizations from the north-eastern states. The effect of cozy and close relations is that now terrorist incidents have come down in India.
Bangladesh is very important for India. India would not like another neighboring country to be used for anti-India activities.
Modi needs to go to Bangladesh
In the last one year, the importance of Bangladesh has increased even more. Where China had its eyes on Bangladesh from the beginning, since the Karona epidemic started in the whole world in the last one year, China has been continuously trying to placate Bangladesh. The effect of taxation on the economy of all the countries of the world was seen, Bangladesh also remained untouched by this. China tried to provoke Bangladesh against India just like Nepal. So far China has not been able to succeed in this, but if India would have refused the invitation of Bangladesh because the elections are going to be held in West Bengal of India at the time of the anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence, then it would probably have been against India’s interest and in favor of China. Would have been
India should be happy that Bangladesh invited the Prime Minister of India on the 50th anniversary of its independence. It shows that Bangladesh has not forgotten India’s cooperation in its independence and the younger generation of Bangladesh will also get the message that what role did India play in becoming a free country from the slavery of Pakistan.
How Modi’s Bangladesh tour beneficial for BJP
It would have been more beneficial for the BJP if Modi had been on a tour of West Bengal on 26 and 27 March and would have been giving speeches at election meetings. Since elections in West Bengal are becoming very thorny, anti-BJP leaders are worried that if Modi’s worship in Matua temple will make 1.5 crore Matua voters of West Bengal in favor of BJP?
Mamta Banerjee’s fear of slipping into Matua vote bank
The Matua community falls under the category of Dalits and their roots are associated with present-day Bangladesh. The importance of the Matua temple in Bangladesh is the same for the Matua community, like the Sikh community’s Nankana Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan at the birthplace of Guru Nanak. The Matua community was still a supporter of Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress. Now to think that once Modi’s visit to his biggest temple will defeat the Trinamool Congress, then it proves that during his ten years of rule, Mamata Banerjee may not have done anything for the Matua community. Otherwise, the vote bank does not move so fast.
National interest is paramount
Opposition to India’s foreign policy is not limited to Modi’s visit to Bangladesh. Elections are also going on in Tamil Nadu and a resolution against Sri Lanka came in the United Nations Human Rights Council. It was to be voted on Tuesday. All the parties of Tamil Nadu wanted India to vote against Sri Lanka, but India thought it appropriate to be neutral in the country in the interest of voting. The reason is clear – China is eyeing Sri Lanka and is dragging Sri Lanka towards slavery in the name of financial assistance, as Hambantota port near India is now under Chinese occupation. The Modi government also believes that during the last phase of civil war in Sri Lanka there was a violation of human rights of the local Tamils. But the country does not run just for emotional reasons. Sri Lanka is still ruled by the same Rajapaksa family during whose reign the civil war was crushed by the soldiers. Just to please the voters of Tamil Nadu, if India had pushed Sri Lanka closer to China by voting against Sri Lanka, would this country have been in the interest?
Will have to rise above party politics
There was a time when country interest was above party politics. Atal Bihari Vajpayee compared Indira Gandhi to Mother Durga in the war of Bangladesh. Vajpayee was a staunch opponent of Indira, but in an important war and in the interest of the country, the opposition was also with the government. But now it is alright that the opposition parties give more importance than foreign policy, diplomacy, country interest to win elections, which clearly shows how much India’s politics has declined. In the major parties, now only the leaders are left, no one appears to be a politician (Statesman).
Politicians are the ones who rise above personal interest and party politics, think of country interest. But the lack of such leaders is clearly visible in all opposition parties. The result was India’s neutrality in voting against Sri Lanka and Modi’s opposition to visiting Bangladesh. Somewhere it is a sign of opposition’s increasing mental bankruptcy, which is becoming a matter of concern.
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