Sheikh Hasina's Agenda/Strategy for the Fourth Term in Bangladesh

Brief Information

  • The Sheikh Hasina Party of Bangladesh came into power for the consecutive fourth term.
  • Sheikh Hasina Party led the Grand Alliance in Bangladesh.
  • A major step toward the democratic alliance, which witnessed the elections as fair, free, and peaceful. This is a great milestone for one more democracy on the world map.
  • The Election Monitoring Forum (EMF), the foreign observer organization, and SHRF termed the election as “Much Better” compared to the past experience.
  • The local/international observer concluded election as “better standards” just like any other peaceful democratic country.

The significance of this election:

  • There was a completeness in the election, all the political parties took active participation in the Bangladesh election (on the contrary, earlier in the year 2014, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-BNP shun the election).
  • The First occurrence of the general election, was under the umbrella of Political Government after the fall of the military regime in the year 1990.

India and Bangladesh:

  • Both neighbouring countries share a common largest border of 4000 km long.
  • Both are South Asian countries with democracies.
  • India was the first to recognise Bangladesh, as an independent country in the year 1971 and has had diplomatic relations and shared social, cultural and economic ties ever since.
  • After the election, the Indian Prime Minister, congratulate and welcomes the success of the election in Bangladesh and expressed gratitude for the leadership and partnership between both countries.
  • Indian PM also referred to Bangladesh as the central pillar or building block in India’s Neighbourhood First policy.
  • India-Bangladesh ties can be summarised in three T’s Teesta Treaty, Trades and Tackling Terrorism.
  • The softness in political relations between Delhi-Dhaka is important for long term goals, and India’s seven sisters (the northeast region).

Steering the Bangladesh economy:

The reforms taken to strengthen the Bangladesh economy has been very proactive and even appreciated by the “World Bank”.

  • There is a substantial rise in inward remittance by Bangladesh citizens working abroad.
  • The consistent positive performance of the Garment Industry and the steadiness of its progress has gone up and new infrastructure projects are taken into consideration by the Govt. of Bangladesh.

Maintaining Balance in the Foreign Policy:

  • Considering the history and series of violent ripples in Bangladesh since its independence, Ms Sheikh Hasina’s leadership has proven to be effective in strengthening the socio-economic relations of Bangladesh with the outside world.
  • Bangladesh’s approach to foreign policy with neighbouring nations is peaceful, trade-oriented and has the essence to maintain the balance with India, China, Russia and other neighbouring nations.
  • The inclusive attitude towards refugees (over 1 million refugees) finding a safe haven in Bangladesh after the Myanmar incident.