Friends, I gave full respect to all the countries and organizations present. Relations between India and Bangladesh are continuously strengthening, although border disputes sometimes occur.
India and Bangladesh are also members of SAARC, BIMSTEC, Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation and the Commonwealth of Nations. In particular, Bangladesh and East Indian states such as West Bengal and Tripura are Bengali-speaking provinces.
The Bangladesh Liberation War began in 1971 between East Pakistan and West Pakistan and India intervened on behalf of East Pakistan in December 1971. As a result, India helped secure the independence of East Pakistan from Pakistan as the state of Bangladesh.
Sheikh Hasina also has a lot of gratitude towards India. India gave him asylum between 1975-1981. She was then living in exile in the capital with her husband and two children.
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His father and founder of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rahman, mother and three brothers were assassinated on August 15, 1975.
During that horrific massacre, Sheikh Hasina and her husband M.A. Wajid was in Germany with Mian and two children. Wajid Mian was a nuclear scientist. Such a big tragedy had shaken Sheikh Hasina badly. She was broken.
Then the Indian government gave him asylum in India along with his family. At that time there was no question of him going back to Bangladesh. Then Sheikh Hasina came to India with her family.
During those six years, Sheikh Hasina was more or less apolitical. Despite this, she was the daughter of a strong leader like Sheikh Mujib. When she came to India, there was emergency in India.
Meanwhile, during the G20 Delhi summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also discussed mutual and international relations with Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth.
Mauritius is called Mini India or India outside India. Indians are in majority there. Prime Minister Modi launched the ambitious policy SAGAR during his visit to Mauritius in 2015.
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This was an important effort made by India in the Indian Ocean in the last several decades. Mauritius holds immense potential for India from a strategic perspective. And the partnership between the two countries can go far beyond sugarcane plantations, financial services and technological innovations.
Mauritius also has great respect and affection for India. Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth also has a family connection with India. His sister Shalini Jagannath is married to Dr. Krishna Malhotra of the Malhotra family of the capital Delhi.
Actually Shalini Jagannath and Dr. Krishna Kumar Malhotra became friends while studying in London. This was in the early 1980s. After that both of them decided to get married.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi met the United Arab Emirates (UAE) delegation despite being busy with the G20 Delhi summit. Of course, both are close countries but there are many issues between them.
The talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the leaders of UAE will improve the lives of millions of skilled and unskilled Indian workers working there.
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There are many issues before them. There are issues of minimum wage and other facilities. Our laborers who go there to work have to face a lot of difficulties due to bad weather.
Lack of nutritious food, lack of adequate space to live etc. Many times their passports are kept with them by contractor companies. Due to which they have to work as bonded labour.
The UPA government had treated the laborers working in the Gulf very carelessly. Then Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahmed was once asked a question in Parliament regarding the exploitation of Indian workers working in Gulf countries.
Then Ahmed Saheb had said, “It is estimated that about 6 million Indians live and work in the Gulf region.
The Government of India keeps receiving complaints regarding the problems faced by Indian workers in the Gulf countries.
Government of India has, through its missions in the Gulf countries. Taken several measures and initiatives to protect the rights of Indian workers and address problems related to exploitation of workers.
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Whenever complaints are received, with a view to reaching an amicable solution to them. This issue is taken up by the Mission on priority basis with the concerned employers and/or local authorities.”
After reading this blatantly insensitive Government reply, you will understand what initiatives have been taken by the Government for the Indians settled in the Gulf.
If we talk beyond G20 Delhi Summit, the condition of Indians in Malaysia is also very bad. There are about 25 lakh Indians settled in Malaysia.
According to an estimate, most of the Indians outside India are settled in Malaysia and South Africa among the Gulf countries.
There are also a significant number of Indians of Malaysia. Apart from these, the workers who have left India in recent years are also no less. The condition of both of them is bad.
There they are being treated as second class citizens. There are continuous reports of the plight of Indian laborers who have gone to Qatar, a major Gulf country.
The Indian government will have to work for the interests of its citizens and Indians living abroad. This will happen only through good mutual relations for which Prime Minister Modi is continuously striving.
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(The author is a senior editor, columnist and former MP)
Courtesy: panchjanya.com, This article was originally published on panchjanya.com