What return should India’s Mamata Banerjee provide to Bangladesh against the PM’ Sheikh Hasina’s ‘Mango Diplomacy ?

KATHMANDU

Most Bangladeshi and India media report read that the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has received 600 kg of mangoes from Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as part of her “mango-hilsa diplomacy.” Hasina delivered mangoes to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week, according to the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in this country. According to a Bangladesh’s deputy high commission official in Kolkata, a few more chief ministers in the eastern region will likely receive similar gifts.President Kovind, Prime Minister Modi, and the chief ministers of West Bengal, Tripura, and Assam received mangoes from Prime Minister Hasina last year as well. Hasina delivered mangoes from Rajshahi, including kinds like Golapkhas and Amrapali, as it is the peak season for the delectable fruit in Bangladesh.

India is a longtime friend of Bangladesh. Keeping that friendship intact, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sent mangoes for her friend Indian President Ramnath Kobind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, just like last year. On Friday afternoon, 1,200 kg of Amrapali mangoes were delivered to the residences of the President and Prime Minister of India. The mango was delivered as a gift to the respective diplomatic channels by the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi, India. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s gift of mango and hilsa is further strengthening the diplomatic relations and friendship between the two countries. Last year too, during the mango season, Sheikh Hasina sent ‘Amrapali’ and Haribhanga mangoes as gifts to the