50 Years of Bangladesh: India Bangladesh Relations: New Avenues and the way forward

Date:   Tue Mar 23, 2021 - Tue Mar 23, 2021












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Concept Note 



2021 is a significant year for India’s neighbourhood as it marks 50 years of the birth of Bangladesh and half a century of India-Bangladesh relations. On March 26, Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi will visit Bangladesh as part of the celebrations. The first visit abroad of the Prime Minister in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic signals the growing depth and breadth of India-Bangladesh relations. 


Asian Confluence works in the “Third Space”. The space connecting inspired ideas, institutions and individuals, working in synergy with the first two spaces: namely government and industry. In celebration of this relationship that is rich, wide in dimension and deep in shared values in the “third space”, this webinar will bring together voices from senior policymakers, academia, media and industry. It will also be an opportunity to release a publication titled: “Bangladesh@50 India-Bangladesh Relations: A Special Journey & the way forward”. An Indo-Bangladesh Eminent Persons Group in the “third space” will also be announced. This will not only highlight the opportunities created but also learnings from challenges in the journey so far, as it ideates on the way forward. 


 Tentative Agenda



  • Amb. Rajiv Bhatia, Member, Governing Council, Asian Confluence & Distinguished Fellow, Gateway House, India

Keynote Address and Cheif Guest

  • Dr. Mashiur Rahman, Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh

Special Remarks

  • Ms. Smita Pant, Joint Secreatary, Bangaldesh-Myanmar, Ministry of External Affairs, India


  • Dr Prabir De, Economist, ASEAN-India Center, New Delhi
  • Mr. Gautam Lahiri, Journalist, Bangaldesh
  • Dr. Smuriti S Pattanaik, Research Fellow, MP-IDSA
  • Professor Mustafizur Rahman, Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue, Bangladesh

Special Addess

  • Md. Shahidul Haque, Professorial Fellow, North South University &  Former Foriegn Secretary of Bangladesh


Closing Remarks:

  • Sabyasachi Dutta, Executive Director, Asian Confluence