Dhaka: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s recent visit to Dhaka was ‘successful’ and gave an ‘unshakable momentum’ to the development of collaborative ties between the 2 neighbours, top officials from India and Bangladesh gathered at a coneference have said.
The two-day conference that starts here Saturday seeks to consider the outlook for ties between Bangladesh and India following Manmohan Singh’s visit prior this month, the 1st by an Indian PM in 12 years.
The conference, called ‘Bangladesh-India Relations in the Age of Globalisation’, was inaugurated at Dhaka University by Gowher Rizvi, adviser to PM Sheikh Hasina, who said it was time to say goodbye to the politics of argument and distrust that dogged relations between the countries for decades and fetched no results, either cautiously or politically.
Rizvi said that “Time has come to look for comprehensive solutions to problems rather than take a piecemeal approach that got stuck and hindered overall bilateral development to the detriment of people of both countries.”
He also said it was time for both to think big and go beyond bilateral transit concerns to the larger process of regional connectivity and integration that extended beyond Bangladesh and India to Myanmar, Nepal and China.
The conference has been mutually organised by the Centre for Alternatives, Dhaka, and the Bangldesh Studies Programme of the Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.