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Anand Kumar

Anand Kumar is Associate Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. Click here for detailed profile

Ershad’s Visit to India Whets His Political Ambition

September 10, 2012

Ershad’s recent visit to India seems to have whetted his political ambition. In the last election he was hoping for the post of president, a ceremonial position in Bangladeshi political set-up; now he has stated openly that he wants to be prime minister after the next elections.

Return from the Precipice: Bangladesh’s Fight Against Terrorism

Return from the Precipice: Bangladesh’s Fight Against Terrorism

Publisher: Pentagon Security International
ISBN: 978-81-8274-697-8
Price: Rs. 595/-
The image of Bangladesh of being a ‘moderate Muslim country’ was tarnished at the turn of the 20th century. The country known for its Sufi Islam was witnessing a spurt of Islamic radicalism. While delineating the threat posed by Islamic radicalism to Bangladeshi politics and by Indian insurgent groups to Northeast India, the book also focuses on their sources of finance. This book marks an advance over other works on the same topic as it discusses the actions taken by the Sheikh Hasina led Awami League government to counter terrorism.
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Political Instability Could Derail the Growing US-Bangladesh Relationship

May 21, 2012

The elevation of its bilateral relationship with Bangladesh allows the United States to counter China’s ‘String of Pearls’ strategy.

Chinese Engagement with the Maldives: Impact on Security Environment in the Indian Ocean Region

March 2012

This article explores the objectives of China's engagement in the Maldives and how the current administration of the country is responding to it. The article also looks at how the Maldives has been used by major powers in the past. On the basis of these analyses, it envisages the path that Maldivian foreign policy is likely to follow in the future and its likely impact on the security environment in the Indian Ocean region.

Political Transition in Maldives

February 09, 2012

Although the political situation is likely to stabilise in the short-term, multi-party democracy established in Maldives after the 2008 elections has received a definite setback.

The Terror Challenge In South Asia and Prospect of Regional Cooperation

The Terror Challenge In South Asia and Prospect of Regional Cooperation

Publisher: Pentagon Security International
ISBN: 978-81-8274-599-5
Price: Rs. 695/-
This book is an attempt to study the problem of terrorism in South Asia, which has often been perceived as its hub. The contributors to the volume belonging to South Asian region have provided valuable insights on the issue of terrorism and have also suggested measures to deal with the problem. They consider terrorism as a phenomenon that has been harmful to society, economy and polity of the South Asian nations. At the same time, they also point out that there should not be over-emphasis on the use of force. In fact, a calibrated use of force is likely to be more effective.
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The Other South Asia

June 20, 2011

Though Pakistan and Afghanistan still continue to be embroiled in religious and ethnic conflict, the rest of South Asia appears keen to check and go beyond such tendencies.

Bangladesh Debates the Role of Fatwa

March 15, 2011

The demand to prohibit the Muslim clergy from issuing Fatwa is gathering momentum in Bangladesh.

Illegal Bangladeshi Migration to India: Impact on Internal Security

January 2011

Migration, a worldwide phenomenon, has often been seen as beneficial for both the sending and receiving countries. However, post-9/11, the phenomenon is seen as a mixed blessing. It is also being realised that it is impossible to check illegal migration unless the sending country cooperates. In South Asia, India has been at the receiving end of the problem of illegal immigration from Bangladesh. This paper argues that such illegal migration is posing a threat to internal security because the issue has not been properly securitised.