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Anand Kumar

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

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.

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.

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.
E-Copy available for free

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.