All that the CAA states is that the persecuted (very specific) minorities would be provided with citizenship, either immediately or within a slated time which would be much less than the standard time.
Gauri Noolkar-Oak talks to Dr Imtiaz Ahmed, Professor of International Relations at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh, about Bangladesh’s view on China’s infrastructure projects on its rivers, and its approach towards balancing relations with India and China.
This rare display of solidarity by SAARC leaders, especially when SAARC has lost its teeth and holds no relevance for the common South Asian, makes a compelling statement. Optimists and those who believe in the possibility of an integrated South Asia are tempted to take this as a signal that there might be some hope for reviving SAARC after all.
Going multilateral does not mean India should neglect or abandon existing bilateral mechanisms. In fact, robust bilateral mechanisms established by India can serve as both, the interlinks as well as the bedrock, of multilateral water cooperation in South Asia.