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Anand Kumar

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

Maldives: Hiccups in Democratic Transition

September 25, 2013

The Maldives presidential runoff election has been postponed indefinitely further widening the political dispute. The uncertainty highlights the challenges the young democracy faces, having held its first-ever multiparty election in 2008.

Ban on Jamaat may not affect political fortunes of the BNP

August 05, 2013

The court verdict has made Jamaat’s political future uncertain but it will continue to indulge in political activities and campaign for the BNP candidates in the forthcoming elections.

Poll time in Maldives

July 29, 2013

President Waheed has opted for an early election, which is scheduled for September 7. Despite reservations expressed by many political parties, the election process is truly underway that could restore democracy in the country.

Impact of West Bengal Politics on India–Bangladesh Relations

May 2013

It was expected that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Dhaka in September 2011 would transform India–Bangladesh relations. However, this did not happen as India could not sign the Teesta water sharing agreement, the biggest deliverable of the visit. It also made some people brand West Bengal (Paschimbanga) Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as a spoiler.

Bangladesh: Punish War Criminals but Maintain Law and Order

March 21, 2013

The war crime trials should be taken to their logical conclusion to create a precedent that will discourage the extremist and radical elements. But the government must also act swiftly to maintain law and order so that the situation is not used by extra-constitutional forces to thwart the whole exercise.

The War Crimes Trial and Forthcoming Elections in Bangladesh

March 18, 2013

Even as it stands firm on the issue of proceeding with the war crimes trials, the Awami League government should not make the mistake of going for an election without the participation of the main opposition BNP.

Political Turbulence in Bangladesh Fails to Dampen the Indian President’s Visit

March 08, 2013

Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Bangladesh has made clear that the security situation in that country is under control and it is the BNP that has to overcome its mental block to make a new beginning.

Prosecution of War Criminals in Bangladesh: The Verdict Starts Coming

January 22, 2013

Punishing war criminals would not only meet a long-standing demand of Bangladesh’s freedom-fighters but also take the country further on the path of secularism.

Impact of Local State Politics on Indo- Bangladesh Relations

December 21, 2012
1030 to 1300 hrs
Fellows' Seminar

Brinkmanship over the Padma Bridge

October 19, 2012

The World Bank’s decision to withhold funding for the Padma Bridge embarrassed a government that has been doing reasonable work especially in checking extremism at a time when radicalism is sweeping many parts of the world.