The absence of light quite certainly is darkness. Even as India struggles to see light across its border on the west, things appear quiet and peaceful on the eastern front. Both Bangladesh and India have many bright things to look forward to in coming days, starting, of course with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India from April 7. While it gets increasingly difficult to initiate and carry on any form of sustained and meaningful dialogue with our western neighbor, India and Bangladesh have found a way of engaging at the highest level with purpose and flair, especially since the BJP-led NDA Government took over and announced that it would proactively pursue an Act East policy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Hasina met first in September 2014, and then again in September 2015 in New York, both times on the sidelines of the UNGA. Mr Modi subsequently paid a state visit to Bangladesh in June 2015. Prime Minister Hasina visited India in August 2015 and October 2015.