Category Archives: Foreign Matters

Bangladesh-India: Conflicts over land and maritime boundaries

Syeed Ahamed

Published in the Daily Star Forum on 5 September 2011.

This piece revisits the lessons learnt from two exceptional boundary disputes to highlight some policy priorities.

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Sufi of Suburbia: Struggles of a Muslim identity in Bangladesh

Shahana Siddiqui.

Published in Forum on 7 February 2010.

This piece takes a journey of self-discovery while trying to understand the notion of the Bengali Muslim identity.

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Felani’s hanging body over the road to connectivity

Rumi Ahmed.

Published on 19 January 2011 in BDnews24.com. 

This piece discussed extrajudicial killing by the Indian Border Security Forces at the Indo-Bangla border.

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Towards a kinder, gentler peacekeeping

by Tazreena Sajjad

Published in the Daily Star on 25 February.

This piece discusses Bangladeshi women’s participation in the UN peace missions.

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A new start for India and Bangladesh?

by Asif Saleh

Published in the Guardian on 19 January 2010.

The Bangladeshi prime minister’s visit to India won only vague promises. It is time to demand a more equal relationship.

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Hoi hoi, hai hai, or don’t believe the hype

by Jyoti Rahman

Published in BDnews24 on 17 January 2010.

The Prime Minister returned from India to a ‘showdown’ arranged by the Awami League to receive her at the airport. At least on TV, it seemed as if she had returned from exile, not a state visit to a friendly country. Balancing this hoi hoi, the opposition BNP has said that the PM had abandoned national interests in New Delhi. No doubt we’ll see more hai hai.

To cut to the chase, my view is, ‘Don’t believe the hype’. As far as Bangladesh is concerned, there really is nothing in the communiqué that is irreversible, or that has altered things significantly in one direction or the other.

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Bangladesh: a verdict and a lesson

Jalal Alamgir
Published by openDemocracy on 13 Feb 2009.

The homegrown embrace of democracy in Bangladesh represents both a historic demonstration of its people’s will and an injunction to the west.

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