Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla is likely to move to Washington to become India`s next Ambassador to the US, replacing Navtej Sarna, who is scheduled to retire at the year-end. Riva Ganguly Das, who is in charge of the Dhaka’s Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) under the Indian Foreign Ministry, may take over the Indian High Commission office in Bangladesh, reports Times of India.
Many have raised questions- why does India want such sudden change? Will it play any role in the politics of Bangladesh before the elections?
The diplomatic and international analysts cannot take this incident as a regular episode as the election schedule will be announced in the next month, and the national elections may take place by the end of this year.
Earlier, the news of US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat being replaced by Earl Robert Miller took the media by storm. However, the US reversed its decision and kept Marcia Bernicat in her post until the elections of Bangladesh.
So, when India is replacing its High Commissioner, the US decided to cancel its decision to bring a new face. Many political analysts believe that India is sending a message of dual policy regarding the upcoming national elections.
Harsh Vardhan Shringla became the Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh on January 2016. He remained in the office for three years which helped him to become intimate with the political parties of Bangladesh. However, he was closest with Awami League.
Many believe Shringla is a close person to Awami League and he was one of the diplomats who wanted BNP to leave Jamaat. His sudden departure carries a message for Bangladesh, believe the analysts. And it is also a matter of discussion that his departure will leave Awami League uncomfortable.
The diplomatic analysts believe this incident carries great importance for the ongoing three major issues of Bangladesh- the debate on citizenship in Assam, talks between Bangladesh and India on Rohingya issue and the national elections.
Sources confirmed that Shringla will remain in Bangladesh until the elections as the Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh. This is an ongoing topic of discussion. If it happens, Shringla will move to the US after the elections of Bangladesh and he will be replaced by Riva Ganguly.