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  • Militant Groups in South Asia

    Militant Groups in South Asia
    • Publisher: Pentagon Press

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Ban on Jamaat may not affect political fortunes of the BNP

    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.

    August 05, 2013

    Shiv asked: What should be the response of India towards ongoing violence in Bangladesh?

    Anand Kumar replies: While the violence in Bangladesh unleashed by the Islamist forces in the wake of war crime trials is ominous, there is little that the government of India can do. This is purely an internal affair of Bangladesh. However, what happens in that country will also have some impact on India sooner or later. Probably, India can help the Bangladesh Government in projecting the right perception about the international war crime tribunals. There is a feeling in the West that these tribunals are not fair and are being used as a tool of political vendetta. However, this is completely untrue and the war crime trials being conducted by the country would help it to remain moderate.

    Bangladesh: Punish War Criminals but Maintain Law and Order

    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.

    March 21, 2013

    The War Crimes Trial and Forthcoming Elections in Bangladesh

    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.

    March 18, 2013

    Aftermath of Salman Khurshid’s Visit to Bangladesh: A Role for West Bengal Too

    India should grasp the opportunities which are discernible in the political horizon in Bangladesh and deepen relations through engagement at the track two tier involving India’s political parties as well as by involving West Bengal as a major partner.

    February 20, 2013