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The plot thickens

 

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TSI | Issue Dated: April 1, 2007
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The plot thickens Bangladesh and India had a great start. In 1971, the Indian Army, under the leadership of Lt. Gen J. S. Arora and the banner of Mitro Bahini (the friendly forces) fought alongside the guerrilla militia – Mukti Bahini (the liberation forces) and defeated the Pakistan Army and helped Bangladesh carve out its destiny as an independent nation. India had also been supporting Bangladesh with food-aid and the people of the two nations were rallying behind the liberation forces. And yet, today, there is a deep rooted suspicion that marks Bangladesh’s attitude toward India.

According to many, however, India took Bangladesh for granted in the early days of the association. For instance, the infant nation was left with a bad taste in the mouth when poor quality Indian goods were dumped in a country that was looking toward India for support as it was finding its feet as a political democracy. India, it was also alleged, was interfering in policy issues and the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rehman, the father of the nation made the relationship even murkier. Fingers pointed toward the Bangladesh Army and General Mohd. Ershad but many suspected, that at the very least, there were factions in New Delhi who weren’t happy with Mujib’s overtures toward other Islamic nations and therefore might’ve ‘commissioned’ his ‘termination’. Since then anti-India slogans have become popular in Bangladesh. Skirmishes along the border, illegal immigrants and the presence of terrorist camps haven’t helped relations either. The onus truly lies as much on India as it does on Bangladesh to rebuild faith and bring back the days when India was Bangladesh’s mitro.
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