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How economic integration could help India and Bangladesh fulfil the expectations of their people
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How economic integration could help India and Bangladesh fulfil the expectations of their people

India-Bangladesh connectivity agreements mean it’s now more feasible for ready-made manufacturers in Bangladesh to increase imports from its second largest source of cotton – India Bangladesh’s economic growth means that New Delhi needs a new approach. Media narratives that describe foreign power and influence over Dhaka gaslight Bangladeshis. Those narratives don’t speak to their experience. Meanwhile, stakeholders’ efforts to securitize economic relations only alienate friends in Dhaka. The government there is already criticized for pandering to New Delhi. The failure of these ideas, however, has created room for more constructive discourse. Researchers, analysts, and bureaucrats have taken inspiration from historic trade flows – rather than merely dwelling on them – to ad...