No Country can escape happenings of neighbouring countries Expert says



Aligarh Muslim University Academic Dr. Upendra Choudhury said, in this age of globalization, an internal trouble of a country automatically includes its neighboring country or the whole region. Any internal event in India will have ramifications for Bangladesh and vice versa.

Dr. Choudhury was addressing as keynote speaker at a seminar titled The Politics of Foreign Policy Making in India: Importance and Implications of Constituent Diplomacy, organised by Institute of Governance Studies (IGS), BRAC University yesterday at the Vice Chancellor’s Conference room. IGS-BDI Executive Director Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman chaired the seminar.
In the keynote speech, Dr. Choudhury argued that the influence of the regional political parties are increasing inside India as the national parties of India are unable to gain even a simple majority at the center; hence, they have to rely on regional parties to form a coalition government. This influence has been increasing day by day and now has taken a form of amost "blackmail" on behalf of the regional parties. He gave example of the Trinamool(Grassroot)l Congress of West Bengal, DMK and AIADMK of Tamil Nadu, and Jammu and Kashmir National Conference of Kashmir with regards to how these parties influences India's Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan policies respectively.

He was of the view that the constitutional provision should be installed in the Indian constitution to give formal consultative and negotiation roles to the Indian states in order to accommodate their aspirations in the foreign policy making.

In the Q/A session, Dr. Choudhury opined that the regional parties started to have influence in Indian foreign policy since 1991, as, after the economic liberalisation of India, they started to engage in economic diplomacy for the development of their respective states. Development issues have become the main debate point over traditional caste, religion and other relevant issues. In addressing a question, he opined that Bangladesh should also engage in some sort of negotiation with bordering states of India alongside Delhi for better people to people understanding between neighbouring populace which can bring better diplomatic outcomes for Bangladesh in the future.

The Seminar was attended by among others, Dr. Rizwan Khair, Director of Academics, IGS, Mirza Hassan, Lead Researcher, BDI; M. Shahidul Islam, Research Fellow of IGS; Mohammad Rasheduzzaman, Associate Professor, Department of IR, DU; Sohela Naznin, Assistant Professor, Department of IR, DU and Lailufar Yasmin, Assistant professor, IR, DU.

Among others from IGS, Ekram Hossain, Project Manager (Communications); Kazi Nurmohammad Hossainul Haque, Senior Research Associate; Mohammad Sirajul Islam, Research Associate/Lecturer III; Faiz Ahmed Chowdhury, Research Associate; Sultan Mohammed Zakaria, Research Associate; Saika Nudrat Chowdhury, Research Associate; Kazi Niaz Ahmed, Research Assistant; Shakil Md. Faisal, Communications Associate; Afrina Islam, Research Assistant; Nabila Zaman, Research Assistant; Sameeah Zahangir, Project Assistant (Communications) attended the event.