South Asia runs the grave risk of becoming caught in the US-China turf war and being forced into non-inclusive and unbalanced trade relations.
There are only seven seats that the opposition political parties won in Bangladesh's December 30 parliamentary elections, setting a trend of diminishing parliamentary opposition. Many analysts in the South Asian nation wonder who will play as the opposition in the new parliament?"
Policymakers in South Asia should consider that while proximate environmental conflicts are the key impediments to region's hydro projects, environmental factors can also be instrumental in building lasting peace.
India has been losing her neighbors to China, one by one. Bangladesh has remained untouched. Under no circumstances should India let China take political control of Bangladesh.
Former prime minister Khaleda Zia's trial lacked transparency and fairness. The court, many in Bangladesh believe, became a legal tool of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to silence, banish and physically remove her political opponents.
Both China and India should wake up and take Bangladesh a little more seriously, says one analyst.
Bangladesh should be more interested in allying with the West for political, economic, and military assistance rather than narrow visions of the line of credit which benefits the creditor over the debtor.
Bangladesh, lauded for disaster preparedness, reels as dozens of deaths occur in “non-flood prone” areas.
Bangladeshi intelligence agencies project that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina may not win enough parliamentary seats to retain power in the next general elections.
Without naming India, Begum Zia said some foreign powers were trying to weaken Bangladesh that was making steady economic progress. “We liberated Bangladesh in 1971 when we were about 80 million people. Now we are about 160 to 170 million, and we are united. We don’t need assistance of anyone.” She added, “we want to make it explicitly clear that we …