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  • Bangladesh Debates the Role of Fatwa

    The demand to prohibit the Muslim clergy from issuing Fatwa is gathering momentum in Bangladesh.

    March 15, 2011

    Energy Crisis and Potential in Bangladesh

    The present energy crisis in Bangladesh is partly due to over-dependence on gas which fulfils more than 70 per cent of its energy needs. The present gas deficit against the national demand on a daily basis is expected to increase further in the future. The crisis will deepen unless a greater share of indigenous coal is included in the energy mix. The geological and social constraints of an over-populated fertile agricultural land area remain an obstacle to large-scale coal mining and this has to be addressed rationally.

    March 2011

    Illegal Bangladeshi Migration to India: Impact on Internal Security

    Migration, a worldwide phenomenon, has often been seen as beneficial for both the sending and receiving countries. However, post-9/11, the phenomenon is seen as a mixed blessing. It is also being realised that it is impossible to check illegal migration unless the sending country cooperates. In South Asia, India has been at the receiving end of the problem of illegal immigration from Bangladesh. This paper argues that such illegal migration is posing a threat to internal security because the issue has not been properly securitised.

    January 2011

    South Asia: Envisioning a Regional Future

    South Asia: Envisioning a Regional Future
    • Publisher: Pentagon Security International

    This volume includes a collection of papers contributed by eminent scholars and analysts from the South Asian region on how they visualise South Asia a decade hence. It is recognised that the region suffers from several constraints that has made common challenges difficult to address; nevertheless, there is an optimism that the region will move forward steadily albeit slowly, to evolve a common agenda, and shape a regional identity that would form the bedrock of any cooperative endeavour.

    • ISBN 978-81-8274-497-4 ,
    • Price: ₹. 895/-
    • E-copy available

    For Bangladesh Improving Domestic Situation is as important as Fighting the Taliban

    Bangladesh is making an important effort domestically to weaken the affiliates of al-Qaeda and Taliban ideology, which is no less important than making contributions to ISAF.

    October 12, 2010

    Bangladesh Beats Global Recession Through Exports

    The tremendous growth in Bangladesh’s exports has been due to three factors – the global recession, new markets and China’s spectacular economic growth.

    September 27, 2010

    Reconstitution of the Bangladesh Rifles

    The mutiny in Bangladesh Rifles in February 2009 tainted the image of the most important para-military force of Bangladesh. It completely destroyed the command structure of the force and created distrust between army and the BDR. In this situation, it became necessary to reconstitute the force. Bangladesh has undertaken this exercise. But the proposed reforms somehow does not appear geared to deal with the grievances of the BDR soldiers which have been seen at least as one of the causes of the mutiny.

    April 2010

    Bangladesh's Extended Continental Shelf: Navigating the Course with India and Myanmar

    The Bay of Bengal is the largest bay off the coast of Bangladesh, India, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. With the exception of Bangladesh all the littoral states have reached agreements over their bilateral maritime boundaries. As signatories to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, India and Myanmar had to file their claims by June 29, 2009 and by May 21, 2009 respectively, and Bangladesh has to file its claim by July 27, 2011 to the Commission on the limits of the continental shelf.

    September 2010

    Yoginder Rangi asked: Pls tell me the books name which introduce me Bangladesh histrocial background

    Smruti S. Pattanaik replies: List of Books on the History of Bangladesh:

    • Ronouq Jahan, Bangladesh: Problem of integration
    • Sufia Uddin, Constructing Bangladesh
    • Talukdar Moniruzzaman, Group interest and Political change
    • Bernard Hours, Islam amd development in Bangladesh
    • Lawrence Ziring, “Bangladesh: From Mujib to Zia”, (Dhaka: UPL, 1992
    • Anthony Mascarenhas, “Bangladesh: A Legacy of Blood”, (Dunton Green: Hodder and Stoughton, 1986
    • M.G.Kabir and Shaukat Hassan, “Issues and Challenges facing Bangladesh foreign policy, 1989, Bangladesh society of International Studies, Dhaka
    • Emajuddin Ahmed, Military Rule and the Myth of Democracy”, (Gatidhara, Dhaka, 2000
    • Moudud Ahmed, “Bangladesh: The Era of sheikh Mujibur Rehman
    • Ali Riaz, “God Willing: The Politics and Ideology of Islam in Bangladesh”, Comparative Studies of South Asia and Middle East, vol. 23, no 1 & 2, 2003. he also has three books on similar issues.
    • Rafiuddin Ahmed ed. Religion, Nationalism and Politics in Bangladesh” (New Delhi: South Asian Publishers, 1990
    • Hiranmay Karlekar, “Bangladesh: Next Afghanistan” (Delhi: Sage, 2006)
    • J.N.Dixit, Liberation and Beyond (UPL: 1998)
    • Raifuddin Ahmed, The Bengal Muslims 1871-1906: A Quest for Identity (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1988)
    • Anisuzzaman, Identity, Religion and Recent History: Four Lectures on Bangladesh Society (Calcutta: Naya Udyog and MAKAIAS, 1995)
    • Hasan Zaheer, Separation of East Pakistan: Rise and Realization of Bengali Muslim Nationalism (Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2001
    • Harun-or-Rahid ed., Inside Bengal Politics 1936-1947: Unpublished Correspondence of Partition Leaders (Dhaka: UPL, 2003
    • Harun or Rashid, The Foreshadowing of Bangladesh: Bengal Muslim League and Muslim Politics 1906-1947 (Dhaka: UPL, 2003)
    • Asim Roy, The Islamic syncretistic Tradition in Bengal (Dhaka: Academic Publishers, 1983
    • M.R Tarafdar, Husain Shahi Bengal, 1494-1538 AD: A Socio-Political Study (Dacca: Asiatic Society of Pakistan, 1965)
    • Rafiuddin Ahmed ed Understanding the Bengal Muslims: Interpretive Essays, (Dhaka: UPL, 2001)
    • Rangalal Sen, Political Elites in Bangladesh (Dhaka, UPL, 1986
    • Tanzeen Murshid, The Sacred and Secular: Bengali Muslim Discourses 1871-1977, (Dhaka: UPL, 1996
    • Mahfuzul H. Chowdhury ed. Thirty Years of Bangladesh Politics: Essays in Memory of Dr Mahfuzul Haq (Dhaka: UPL, 2002

    JMB Remains the Fountainhead of Terror in Bangladesh

    Recent arrests prove the close relationship between Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh and extremist groups that have vowed to turn Bangladesh into an Islamic state.

    July 22, 2010