Fishing in troubled waters
Durga puja at West Bengal this year was indicated by a gesture of goodwill from throughout the border, with Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina sending a basket of goodies for main minister Mamata Banerjee–four Dhakai Jamdani saris and 10 kilos of sandesh (a standard Bengali sweet) from Dhaka. She also permitted nine Bangladeshi organizations to export 1,450 tonnes of the highly-sought-after hilsa into Bengal. If Hasina was expecting a reciprocal gesture–say, the release of Teesta river water for her country–she’d be let down. A suggested India-Bangladesh pact was gathering dust because 2011, when Mamata objected. Assembly elections are just months away and Mamata wouldn’t risk a misstep on this emotive issue.