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  • A Season of Political Protests in Bangladesh

    A Season of Political Protests in Bangladesh

    It is not clear what kind of democracy the BNP wants to restore in alliance with the Jamaat which does not believe in democracy. But the AL needs to proceed with caution in dealing with the ongoing protests lest it comes to be seen as an autocratic government.

    January 12, 2015

    Chittagong Tribunal Verdict and its Implications

    The verdict exposes a conspiracy to destabilise India’s restive North Eastern region. According to the charge-sheet, all the arms and ammunition were manufactured by Chinese firm NORINCO and the funds had been procured from Pakistan. Contrary to the BNP policy of promoting cross-border terrorism, the current Awami League (AL) government has demonstrated its zero-tolerance towards militancy through the recent verdict.

    April 03, 2014

    Political Turmoil in Bangladesh Likely to Continue

    The BNP has urged the government to arrange for dialogue. The AL says the BNP must snap ties with the Jamaat before engaging in negotiation. The uncompromising attitude of the two leaders is the main hurdle to initiate concrete steps for resolving the ongoing political impasse. Many Bangladeshis feel that it would take at least another year to reach an agreement.

    February 19, 2014

    International Reactions to the Parliamentary Elections in Bangladesh

    Unlike the major global powers which termed the polls “non-representative”, India – the closest regional ally of Bangladesh, recognised Sheikh Hasina’s victory despite a “record low voter turnout” and supported her in staking claim to form the next government.

    January 28, 2014

    Bangladesh Political Crisis and India`s Options

    India may have to maintain a two-pronged approach. At the governmental level, it will have to offer economic benefits and cooperation. However, a regime which is communally oriented may have to be dealt on a reciprocal basis.

    January 06, 2014

    Militant Groups in South Asia

    Militant Groups in South Asia
    • Publisher: Pentagon Press
      2014

    This book is an attempt to profile important militant groups presently active in South Asian countries. The threat perception from each group has been covered in this book in details. The book will be useful for further research on militancy, terrorism, radicalisation and security related issues.

    • ISBN 978-81-8274-754-8,
    • Price: ₹. 995/-
    • E-copy available
    2014

    Bangladesh: Should Anti-incumbency Outweigh Growth and Stability?

    The Awami League government may not have done everything right in the last five years, but it has done commendable work by South Asian standards. The Bangladesh economy has grown consistently at about six per cent and the government has done well to contain the extremist forces.

    November 22, 2013

    Stability and Growth in South Asia

    Stability and Growth in South Asia
    • Publisher: Pentagon Press
      2014

    This book examines the forces and processes which have led to relative political stability or unleashed trends in that direction in some countries of South Asia. It also delves into the factors that have stimulated economic growth in some countries, and impeded economic growth in others. Eminent authors from the region examine how far the positive political and economic trends in the region are irreversible or lend themselves to internal convulsions or external influences. There is also a focus on how far inter-state relations within the region have led to stronger intra-regional co-operation, particularly in the economic field.

    • ISBN 978-81-8274-748-7,
    • Price: ₹. 995/-
    • E-copy available
    2014

    Krishnakanth asked: What is the historical and contemporary significance of recent judgements by Bangladesh war crimes tribunal?

    Anand Kumar replies: The tribunal is looking into war crimes related to the Liberation War of Bangladesh that was fought in 1971 by the Mukti Bahini. When atrocities on the people of East Bengal increased, India supported their cause and subsequently fought shoulder to shoulder with the guerrillas. In the Liberation War, some Bangladeshi organisations like Jamaat-e-Islami sided with the Pakistani army and committed atrocities on their own population at the behest of their Pakistani masters. These people were not punished in the immediate aftermath of the liberation. Now the law in Bangladesh is trying to catch up with these war criminals who over the years have managed to gain legitimacy in the Bangladeshi society. The present war crimes tribunal is geared towards the trial of such elements.

    Majoritarian State and the Marginalised Minorities: The Hindus in Bangladesh

    The problem confronting the Hindu minority in Bangladesh is analysed in this article within the framework of a majoritarian state, which embodies the socio-cultural ethos of the majority community in its effort to establish itself as a nation state with a unique history. Such a state by its very nature marginalises the minorities, who are considered unequal in the construction of the ‘nation state’ narrative even though constitutionally they enjoy equality as citizens.

    July 2013

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