BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam’s sudden love for India and the meeting of the Indian diplomats with the civil society have created huge curiosity in politics. Especially, after the return of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina from India, India`s visible activity in Bangladesh`s politics has been observed. At that press conference, the Prime Minister said, ‘India will not be able to forget what was given to them.’ In the diplomatic section, an Indian group is not taking this statement positively. Indian diplomats are saying, ‘Can Bangladesh forget what India has given to this country in 1971?’Moreover, India is considering some comments of the Prime Minister such as BNP’s compromise with India in 2011 in a very sensitive manner. Is this the reason India is looking for an alternative in Bangladesh, or in order to put pressure on ruling Awami League government India is trying to build a warm relationship with the opponents? These questions have now become a matter of great discussion in the political arena. Within 48 hours of the Prime Minister`s press conference, India summoned a number of key BNP leaders including Abdul Awal Mintoo in Delhi. There in Delhi BNP leaders met with the BJP leaders and senior officials who have the power to take important decisions. Soon after that, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir left for Bangkok. In an interview with BBC on Sunday, Fakhrul himself admitted that the BNP has submitted a written proposal to India. A number of sources confirmed that BNP leaders have agreed with the Indian officials in Bangkok on five points including not giving any assistance to the secessionists. According to a source, India has not been satisfied with those five commitments. They wanted to see specific decisions as to making Tarique Zia inactive in politics and excluding Jamaat. However, Fakhrul could not come up with an immediate decision about this. That`s the reason he went to London.
Other diplomatic sources find out that not only with BNP, the Indian Embassy and the American Embassy in Dhaka have conducted meeting with a number of politicians and civil society members. There are reports that Professor B. Chowdhury, Bangabir Kader Siddiqui, Mahmudur Rahman Manna, two newspaper editors and some other civil society members attended meeting with the embassy officials.
A source says that India wants to change its perception that it has given a blank cheque to Awami League. Moreover, Awami League thinks India has no alternative to Awami League in Bangladesh, and India is eager to remove such perception. However, some political analysts believe that a part of India does not like Sheikh Hasina`s rise as the nationalist leader and her global reputation worldwide.
In reality, India does not want to see the emergence of a world leader in Bangladesh. Some have remarked that India does not like the emergence and success of any neighbor. And therefore, India does not like stability in Bangladesh`s politics and a strong government. However, on the contrary, there are other thoughts as well. Those who believe this say, ‘India is doing all this with a view to bringing Awami League in power again through a participatory election.