Dear PM Modi: Time to appreciate Bangladesh for embracing the Indian immigrants

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Unable to pointer a Teesta River Water Sharing Treaty, Narendra Modi will come opposite as insufficient as Manmohan Singh during his 6-7 Jun state revisit to Bangladesh. On a Mamata Banerjee front, though, Modi has fared rather improved than Singh. But Banerjee has clearly told Modi – so distant and no further!

In 2011, Singh got stood adult by Banerjee ruining his Bangladesh trip. This time, she is going to Dhaka alright yet has distanced herself from Modi by drifting in separately, drifting out prolonged before Modi, and refusing to check into a same Dhaka hotel as Modi. Evidently, she wants a whole of Bangladesh to know that she is her possess lady eccentric of Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Modi – like Singh – won’t be signing a prolonged overdue Teesta Treaty with Sheikh Hasina since it’s still unsuitable to Banerjee. In a sense, 3 Prime Ministers – Singh, Modi and Hasina haven’t managed to get around one Chief Minister! Ah democracy can do wonders, can’t it?

Honestly speaking, a Land Boundary Agreement that Modi and Hasina will pointer in Banerjee’s participation – and a participation of several CMs of India’s north-eastern states nobody is worried or articulate about – is no large deal. Modi revealed his stupidity of contemporary story when he compared a clinching of a LBA to a tumble of a Berlin Wall.

BJP inhabitant spokesman, MJ Akbar, wrote in Times of India that a LBA will “erase a brawl as aged as Kashmir”. I’m certain that a learned former journalist, who happens to be my mentor, wrote that only to humour Modi since Kashmir and a India-Bangladesh limit are simply not allied and should never be mentioned in a same exhale unless we are perplexing to lift a quick one.

With zero inestimable to do in Bangladesh like inking a Teesta pact, Modi can still make an impact if he takes a difficulty of removing down from his high equine and apologising for all a terrible things he pronounced about Bangladesh while canvassing for votes final year.

I would rather not repeat those nasty remarks during this portentous hour in shared ties, yet Modi should also implement a revisit to apologize for Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s orders to a Border Security Force to resume shoot-to-kill process and come down so heavily on cattle bootlegging that a cost of beef goes by a roof in Bangladesh bringing down expenditure of cow meat.

But a many essential thing we would unequivocally recommendation Modi to accomplish in Dhaka is to appreciate Bangladesh publicly and openly for permitting an estimated half a million Indians to live and work there, creation them according to a World Bank, a fifth biggest remitter of unfamiliar sell to India after a diaspora in United Arab Emirates, USA, Saudi Arabia and UK.

This might sound like novella opposite a backdrop of a commonly-held idea of Bangladeshis swamping India and vital off it. Modi’s BJP’ in sold never tires of portraying Bangladesh as a exporter of bootleg migrants out to destroy India. But a law is that Indians too are migrating to Bangladesh in hunt of jobs and are promulgation pots of income home contributing to India’s wealth for that we should be beholden to a Muslim nation.

Quoting World Bank figures, Diksha Madhok wrote in Quartz India final year that: “Bangladeshi workers in India eliminated some-more than $6.6 billion to their home country. It’s not wholly a one-way traffic, though. Indians operative in Bangladesh sent $3.7 million, creation a eastern neighbour a fifth top writer of remittance inflows”.

Similarly, Economic Times reported in December that a “bulk of remittances comes from 3 opposite categories of countries: Middle Eastern monarchies, Western grown nations and subsequent doorway neighbours such as Bangladesh and Nepal”.

Similarly, Silicon India published a list of 15 nations promulgation top remittances to India – UAE, USA, Saudi Arabia, UK, Bangladesh, Canada, Nepal, Oman, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Australia, Singapore, Bahrain, Italy and Malaysia.

According to Silicon India, scarcely 500,000 Indians live and work in Bangladesh, many of them in a burgeoning readymade mantle and weave industries, Information Technology zone and NGOs. Both a series of Indian expatriates and remittances are staid to grow, says a report.

The Daily Star, Bangladesh’s heading English daily, wrote in Mar that besides a central figure of $3.7 million remitted home by Indian workers, “an roughly equal amount, if not more, is sent by hundi and other bootleg methods”.

There is, naturally, a lot of heart-burning in Dhaka and elsewhere in Bangladesh over Indians bagging remunerative jobs. The Star remarkable that “while Bangladeshis generally do basic jobs in India and minister to a economy by tough work in sell for scanty wages, many Indians are employed in appealing jobs in Bangladesh, earning handsomely and remitting millions of dollars to India”.

“But what about Indians vital and earning their bread in Bangladesh? What about well-paid jobs in Bangladesh that foreigners, mostly Indians, take divided from Bangladeshis? Indians are employed with unfamiliar companies, NGOs, mantle sector, trade and roughly all branches of business. They also have shops and business houses all over Bangladesh.

“Indians in Bangladesh do not do any specialised pursuit yet typical executive work during all levels, for that there is no necessity of Bangladeshi candidates. For example, because does a British association need to designate an Indian as a clerk or youth officer when there are many competent people in a nation who can do that pursuit ideally well? Bangladesh needs to control this.”

Modi likes to residence a diaspora wherever he goes. we don’t know either it is advisable for a PM to residence an NRI entertainment in Dhaka. But he should really acknowledge Bangladeshi munificence that has done it probable for half a million Indians to live and work there. If he can’t move himself to appreciate Bangladesh publicly, it will uncover us adult as a Big Brother with no clarity of gratitude.