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The key opposition leader in Bangladesh, Begum Khaleda Zia is on a week-long visit to India.

This gives India a welcome chance to broaden its engagement with its vital neighbour’s political leadership.

It has, for long, been perceived that Zia has been lukewarm or even cool in her approach to India, especially when she was the prime minister. Furthermore, “traditional" warmth with the current prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, meant that Indo-Bangladesh relations were hostage to the domestic politics of that country. This should be changed.

This state of affairs is not going to alter overnight. But Zia’s visit provides an opportunity to discuss ties between the two countries from a wider perspective.

Her engagement with our opposition leaders will add depth to what has often been a difficult, but nonetheless vital, relationship in South Asia.

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