Bangladesh-India Land Boundary Agreement 1974 and Protocol thereunder of 2011 Some personal insights

Amb Tariq Karim, Distinguished Fellow, VIF
The unanimity with which the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha finally, on May 6 and 7 respectively this year, passed the Bangladesh-India Land Boundary Agreement, 1974 and the Protocol thereunder of 2011 was indeed a historic, game-changing development in t
Neighbourhood Studies, Bangladesh

Sushma Swaraj’s Bangladesh Visit: A Good Start to “Neighbours First” Policy in Dhaka

Monish Gulati
Introduction Termed as a “goodwill visit”, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj led her first international visit to Bangladesh on 25 June accompanied by Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and other senior officials. The visit marked th
Neighbourhood Studies, Bangladesh

Violence Against Minority Hindus in Bangladesh: An Analysis

Dr Prakash Chandra Sahoo
Introduction Bangladesh was born in 1971 premised on a secular and democratic ethos as paragraph 2 of the preamble of the first constitution of Bangladesh which was adopted on November 4, 1972 accepted ‘nationalism’, ‘socialism’,
Neighbourhood Studies, Bangladesh

BCIM Economic Corridor: Prospects and Issues

Brig Vinod Anand, Senior Fellow, VIF
Introduction One of the cornerstones of India’s strategy has been to develop India economically and technologically. Another facet of India’s policy has been to seek partnerships on the strategic, economic and technological fronts to wi
International Relations and Diplomacy, Neighbourhood Studies, Indo-Pacific, Bangladesh, China, Myanmar

BIMSTEC and BICM: Two Competing Sub-Regional Frameworks?

Brig Vinod Anand, Senior Fellow, VIF
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently visited Myanmar to attend the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation summit (BIMSTEC). This sub-regional framework came about in 2004 as part of India’s overall strategy
Neighbourhood Studies, Bangladesh, China, Myanmar

Has China Upstaged India in Space Diplomacy?

Radhakrishna Rao, Visiting Fellow, VIF
Space exploration, once a preserve of the advanced industrialized countries, is no more being viewed as an area of esoteric research involving a huge investment and complex technological systems. Indeed, space technology has now become an indispensab
Neighbourhood Studies, Bangladesh, China, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives

Indo Bangladesh Relations

Maj Gen (Retd.) P K Chakravorty
Introduction Pakistan Army surrendered to the Indian Army in Dacca on 16 December 1971. It was a victory which resulted in the creation of a new nation Bangladesh which found its rightful place in the committee of nations. India withdrew it
Neighbourhood Studies, Bangladesh

War Crime Trials: Bangladesh on the Edge

Neha Mehta, Research Associate, VIF
The 1971 Liberation War in Bangladesh has been the worst chapter in Bangladesh’s history that witnessed genocide, rape and murder at the hands of the army of West Pakistan and their collaborators in East Pakistan (present day Bangladesh). This re
Neighbourhood Studies, Bangladesh

Political Impasse over the Caretaker Government in Bangladesh

Neha Mehta, Research Associate, VIF
The Caretaker Government that was a unique feature of Bangladesh’s democracy was in place over the years to oversee elections in a country that has a history of military coups, political assassinations and electoral fraud. Historically, democracy h
Neighbourhood Studies, Bangladesh

Politics of Corruption in Bangladesh

Neha Mehta, Research Associate, VIF
Corruption is rampant in Bangladesh in almost every sphere of life. However, a series of high profile corruption scandals, such as in the Padma Bridge project, the Railway Scandal, the Hall Mark Group scam, Destiny Group and last year’s share marke
Neighbourhood Studies, Bangladesh