This, because the Hasina rule is not only witnessing tumultuous days owing to road accidents but is also being seen as a thoroughly corrupt dispensation where kickbacks in defence deals have gone up to 30% and the country ranks 143 out of 174 nations in honesty and probity in the conduct of people’s representatives. What should particularly concern India is the fact that Hasina increasingly deals with China for questionable projects that Beijing secures by bribing Bangladesh’s power brokers — to New Delhi’s utter chagrin — helping our northern neighbour consolidate the ‘string of pearls’ it casts around the subcontinent to corner India. Given Hasina’s domestic failures, scant regard for the lives and freedom of minorities and atheists in her country as well as treachery with India by hobnobbing with China, the Modi government must chalk out a plan to gradually distance itself from the party that has been ruling Bangladesh for the past 10 years. As Khaleda is incarcerated, the Bangladesh National Party is rendered weak and Hussain Muhammad Ershad’s Jatiya Party is discredited as a prop of AL — and because the rationalists in that country are asserting their presence — India need not remain stuck with the facile reckoning that Hasina alone ensures better bilateral ties. As such, the next, logical step to our National Register of Citizens would be deportation of infiltrators, and Hasina has given no hint it is in the mood to accept its malcontents back. Diplomacy dictates that India be seen by Bangladeshis not as a puppeteer making Dhaka dance to its tunes. From that position where distance and interest is balanced, the BJP-led NDA must ensure that the next government of Bangladesh makes our NRC a worthwhile exercise.