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Narendra Modi’s Bangladesh Tour and Deaths of Several People

What has Bangladesh achieved with Modi visit are violent protests on the streets, police shooting and restriction on using Facebook.

Four youths have been killed in clashes between the police and anti- Modi protesters at Hatratzi area in port city Chattagram on Friday noon. It happened while the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was being cordially received by Bangladeshi counter parts.

The deaths of the youths were followed by another such protest in Bangladesh’s capital city Dhaka at noon on the same day, local time.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on two-day Bangladesh visit to join the celebrations of the golden jubilee of Bangladesh independence and the birth centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, founder president of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh is always grateful to India for its support during the war of independence in 1971. Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is the supreme and unparallel leader of the ruling party Awami League, is obviously thankful to India, and for that, she invited India’s prime minister. People of Bangladesh too appreciate India’s contribution in Bangladesh’s war of independence. But why a section of people, who are not very small number in count, used to carry out protest, and for which at least four youths had to sacrifice their lives on the first day of Modi’s visit, and many more on the second day.

The anti-Modi protestors made it clear that they were not carrying out protest against the prime minister of India, but Narendra Modi, who is directly supporting a government that ascended to power through an election without the voters.  Left leaning Ganosamhati Andolon (movement) Bangladesh leader Zonayed Saki told Deutsche Welle that their stance was clear. — The Indian prime minister was directly patronizing the present Bangladesh government which was not elected by the voters. Narendra Modi and his party were carrying out propaganda against Bangladesh. ‘The Narendra Modi government has chosen a politics of communal violence and discrimination by adapting NRC and CAA,’ he added, ‘there are so many unresolved issues too.’

Hefajat-e-Islam, a non-political Islamic platform, at a news conference held on Monday, urged the Bangladesh government to not allow Narendra Modi on its land.

Maulana Azizul Haque Islamabadi, organizing secretary and spokesman of  Hefajat-e-Islam told at the news conference that Modi is a foe of the faith of Islam and Bangladeshis as well.

Professor Dr. Imtiaz Ahmed, teacher of international relations at Dhaka University termed the protest against Narendra Modi’s Bangladesh visit a usual matter saying that Modi is a controversial person in his own land. Protests are being carried out in Bangladesh for enacting citizenship act, NRC, Tista issue, Gujarat riots, violations of human rights, etc.

Narendra Modi, however, was given rousing reception in Bangladesh land defying protests. And he completed his two-day Bangladesh tour successfully. Experts think that Modi’s visit benefitted both the guest and the host prime ministers personally. Benefit of neighbouring countries is a matter of question.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his visit to Bangladesh, accusing him of trying to influence voters in West Bengal where polling began for the eight-phase assembly election in the morning, according to NDTV.

Elections are underway here and he (PM) goes to Bangladesh and lectures on Bengal. It is a total violation of code of conduct of the election,” Ms Banerjee said at a campaign event in Kharagpur according to news agency ANI.

“In 2019 Lok Sabha polls, when a Bangladeshi actor attended our rally, BJP spoke to Bangladesh government and cancelled his visa. When polls are underway here, you (PM) go to Bangladesh to seek votes from one section of people. Why shouldn’t your visa be cancelled? We will complain to the Election Commission,” she said.

Modi, at last, left Bangladesh without making any positive deals with Bangladesh. Right sharing of water, end of the killing of innocent Bangladeshis along frontiers and many other bilateral issues kept out of the reach. But Bangladesh had to lose the lives of scores of anti-Modi protestors.

What has Bangladesh achieved with Modi visit are violent protests on the streets, police shooting and restriction on using Facebook.

Saifur Rahman Saif is a Bangladeshi journalist. He works at popular newspaper the New Age. He can be reached at saifnewage@gmail.com

 

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