July 22, 2017

Tag Archives: East Pakistan

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Revisiting Operation ‘Searchlight’

Bangladesh's national martyres monument in Dhaka. (Photo by nasir khan, CC license)

Militarily “Operation Searchlight” was necessary as a pre-emptive strike. That an outstanding military success would end in a horrible human catastrophe and an unmitigated political disaster was also inevitable. Has anyone really been held accountable in Pakistan? Read More »

View from Bangladesh: The Hindu Dilemma

The main Hindu temple in Dhaka. (Photo by Joe Coyle, Creative Commons License)

India’s recent decision to let Bangladeshi Hindus stay there indefinitely has made many people happy, but the move raises some tricky questions. Read More »

Bangladesh: Part-time Peacekeepers

The vulnerability of the indigenous people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts is stark: an Asian Development Bank study in 2010 found that average income in the region was 40% less than the national average in a country that is already one of the poorest in the world. (Photo by EU - photo by EC/ECHO/Pierre Prakash, Creative Commons License)

The Bangladesh Army’s record in the Chittagong Hill Tracts belies its prominence in UN peacekeeping missions. Read More »

A View from the India-Bangladesh Border

The Indian Border Fence along the Bangladeshi border along India's Meghalaya district. (Photo by lepetitNicolas, Creative Commons License)

On 18 December 2013, the Indian National Congress party government introduced a bill in parliament to facilitate the realization of the 1974 Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh. This bill was the latest in a long series of attempts to enable the exchange of 161 enclaves — tiny pieces of Indian territory completely bounded by Bangladesh and vice-versa — by absorbing them into ... Read More »

A Bangladeshi Perspective on 1971 ‘War Crimes’

Demonstrators in Dhaka, Bangladesh, demanding death penalty for Abdul Kader Mollah and all other “war criminals” being tried by the “International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh” in February this year. Mollah was handed death sentence last month for his role in 1971 war. (Photo by M. Hasan, Creative Commons License)

  We are a severe critic of this government on many issues. But on the issue of holding war crimes trial we have no hesitation in saying that without the AL (Awami League party of prime minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid who also happens to be daughter of Bangladesh’s founder Sheikh Mujibur Rehman) in power, and without Sheikh Hasina’s determined leadership, ... Read More »