Tipaimukh Dam: Is Bangladesh in the face of impending danger ? November 23, 2011Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, ENVIRONMENT, GOVERNANCE, POLITICS.
Tags: India, Monipur, Tipaimukh Dam
India has unilaterally signed an agreement for construction of Tipaimukh dam over Barak river in Monipur state of India.without counsulting or informing Bangladesh. This is against the norms and expectation as per international law. This is also against the bilateral agreements signed between India and Bnagladesh at differet times.
India was always giving hope that it will not do anything that will adversly affect Bangladesh. Even Monmohan when last visited Bangladesh when visited a few months back retaliated the same assurance. But in practice they are giving little heed to the interest of Bangladesh.
Regarding Tipaimukh dam, there is argument against the barrage within India also. The water experts and envronmentalists are agaisnt the barrage . They warn of econological disaster if the dam is constructed. The people of Monipur are protesting against the attempt of the central government. They are afraid of submersion of a large area in the vacinily, displacement of people and deprivation of livelihood. The dam will create havoc to the people on the downside of the river in Bnagladesh.
From the Bangladesh Government side, the State Minister of Water resource first speak on the issue. He said that it is an internal affair of India and India assured that it will not do anything that will harm Bangladesh. But the citizen groups and experts of Bangladesh expressed their concern over the issue and stand against the construction of the dam. Opposition BNP has taken up the issue to expose the weak stand of the government on the issue.
Frustration of people against the goverment is increasing and the odinary citizen fears that it will frustration of people will be reflected in the next general election.
An ordinary citizen
Government at last responded to the issue. A statement from Foreign Ministry said that the government seek explaination on the issue from the Indian Government.
Prime Minister also spoke in the parliament toady and said that Bangladeesh will not tolerate any attempt that mayy affect the welfare of the people of Bangladesh.
But the tone of Bangladesh Minister Dipu Moni is softer and while she says that Bangladesh is convinced with the assurance of India that it will not do anything that will harm Bangladesh.
In the meantime BNP chairperson sent a letter to Indiam PM to settle the Tipaimukh issue by bilateral negotiation, joint survey and expert opinion.
Question is also arose whether Bangladesh should go to the international court. The Government yet not decided on the issue.
Teesta river water sharing: Ensuring equal distribution September 26, 2011Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, GOVERNANCE, POLITICS.
Tags: India, Mamata, Manmohan, Teesta
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Bangaldesh had already in an agreement on Padma river. Among the other rivers Teesta and Feni are the two important rivers on which new agreement are to be made.
I was listening to an analysis of a river expert who opines that the agreement should be among three parties. One party is Bangladesh, the second is India and the 3rd is the reiver itself and the water should be distributed equally among the three parties. Bangladesh was about to sign an agreement on Teesta River during the visit of Manmohan, the Indian Prime Minister. But at the last moment Mamata, the newly elected Chief Minister of West Bengal put her veto on the agreement. Though Center Government and PM of India were eager to sign a treaty , but ultimate they couldn’t bypass the opinion of Mamata. It was thought that Mamata was not duly consulted. But that was not the case. Mamata was briefed on the issue over the last few months. Then why she about turned from her earlier position it was not known. She liked to make a fresh survey on the draft proposl of the agreemnt.
Though our foriegn Minister Dipu Moni was hopeful of positive outcome evn before the day of visit, but the MoU was not ultimately signed during the visit of Indian Prime Minister.
As the Teesta River sharing was not signed, so the Transit was also not signed.But many question the relation between the two.
It was a bilateral negotiation. Neither UN nor any arbitrator was engaged in the process.Some experts was preferring to negotiate the water sharing though UN or other international body. The draft was also not disclosed in the Parliament or in the media.
Bangladesh Govt is hopeful to continue the dialogue on the Teesta river and come to a conclusion within 3 months from it’s setback.
An ordinary citizen
South Asian Union by 2030- Yunus new vision December 11, 2009Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, ECONOMY, POLITICS, Yunus.
Tags: India, South Asian Union, Yunus
Nobel Laureate Dr. Muhammad Yunus in Hiren Mukharjee Memorial Speech in the Indian Parliament expressed his vison for a South Asian Union by the year 2030. He drew the picture of a common flag alongside the national flag of the member countries, a common currency and a large area of common domestic and foriegn policies for the union. The idea is the reflection of the political and economic success of the European countries after forming the EU.
His vision of South Asian Union is his new idea after projection his idea of social business on which he is now working in Bangladesh on a number of projects with some major companies of the world like Danone, VVeolia, Intel, Adidas, BASF and Otto.
At this moment the idea of South Asia Union is a difficult proposition as there are multiple conflicting issues exist among the South Asain countries and there are also distrust and religious and political differences among the nations.
Still the idea of Dr. Yunus will be pondered upon in future by both public and politicians alike of this area.
An ordinary citizen
Link: Full Text of the speech
A Pinak Ranjan and his few comments July 24, 2009Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, Diplomacy., ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT, Flood.
Tags: India, Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty, Tipaimukh Dam
Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty, the Indian High Commissioner has made some comments in the last few months which has stirred the people and politics in Bangladesh to an unexpected level.
His comment on transit
>”transit is an economic issue, not a political issue”
first got immediate reaction from different sectors.
State Minister for Foriegn Affairs of the new Government Mahmud Hasan later tried to defend his comment saying that ‘some people unnecessarily link transit with politics’.
On June 21, 2009 Pinak Ranjan lamblasted the water experts of Bangladesh by saying
”some ‘so-called water experts’ are making comments without considering issues relating to the flow of the Ganges water’… ‘Clearly, the question of Bangladesh not getting its due share of water under this treaty is an empty slogan’. He also added, “Unfortunately, criticism of India and India-phobia has become an instrument for deriving political mileage for a particular section whose antecedents are well-known’. On Timaimukh he said,’There has been a lot of agitation on the issue of Tipaimukh Dam. It is a hydroelectric multipupose project to produce eecricity only. It will also, to some extent, help in flood control. The project has no component of irrigation and involves no diversion of water for irrigation purposes. The feasibility and design of Tipaimukh has been studied and examined threadbare by various experts over the last 40 years and India provided all details on the proposed project to Bangladesh’
He was speaking at a seminar on ‘South Asian Connectivity: Bangladesh Perspective’ at Pan Pacific Sonargaon in Dhaka.
The comment drew immediate reaction from experts, politicians and people alike. It is assumed that Bangladesh has got little documents on Timaimukh dam from India. That’s why the present government asked India to supply all the documents when the controversy started to get heat.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said afterwards that Indian High Commissioner Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty might have violated diplomatic norms through his comments on controversial Tipaimukh dam and Bangladeshi water experts.
But LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam a day after contradicted with the comment of Foreign Minister saying that he personally thinks that Indian High Commissioner Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty had not flouted diplomatic norms through his comment on Tipaimukh dam.
His latest comment at a conference on ‘Bangladesh-India Economic Relations’ in the city lately also drew criticism
”around 25000 of the Bangladeshis who entered India with legal visa each year never did return to Bangladesh”.
At last the Government of Bangladesh had to come up with the statement to refute the allegation raised by Pinak Ranjan as ‘ his observation does not match with the information avaialble with the government’.
People of Bangladesh always want a peaceful and friendly relation with India. Abdul Kalam, eminent Scientist and former President of India in his recent visit to Bangladesh assured that India will not do anything that will harm Bangladesh.
A comment of an speaker in a talk show may have some truth when he says that India will never prosper by keeping Bangladesh poor, her prosperity will always be at stake if Bangladesh remain poor because of her policy and planning.
Whether Pinak is doing diplomatically good thing by provoking anti-Indian and anti-Tipaimukh sentiment-is beyond the scope of an ordinary citizen, but otherwise he is a man of good composure and of fine linguistic ability.
An ordinary citizen
On task force, terrorism and maritime security February 12, 2009Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, GOVERNANCE.
Tags: India, international terrorism, maritime boundary, maritime security, Myanmar, regional task force, terrorism, USA
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Bangladesh PM Hasina first proposes the idea of forming a regional task force to combat terrorism in the area. Richard Boucher, Asstt Secretary for Far Asia & South East Asia for Foreign Affairs for USA on his visit to Dhaka encouraged the idea of forming regional task force for the purpose. But he opined that this will depend how the other countries are responding to the proposal.
The proposal was raised when Indian External Affairs Minister Pronab Mukarjee came to Bangladesh to sign bilateral treaties on trade and commerce.
The critics are saying that the terrorism in Bangladesh are mainly homegrown. Bangladesh should be enough to control this homegrown terrorism by itself. The terrorism that Bangladesh witnessed so far was controlled by its own means. They also argued that if a regional task force is formed, then Bangladesh would become the target of international terrorists.
It is also said that India is not interested to form a regional task force.Also there is provision to combat terrorism under SAARC and SAFTA and bilateral agreement with India will not be taken easily by the people.
Boucher offered Bangladesh American support to maintain its maritime security.Experts expressed that Bangladesh should first try to demarcate the maritime boundary. To maintain the maritime security it should depend on bilateral negotiations rather than going into a military pact with a super power.
The issues require further scrutiny to come to a decision for an individual and also for a state.
An ordinary citizen
On Trade, Transit and TIFA February 6, 2009Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, GOVERNANCE, Media, POLITICS.
Tags: India, TIFA, trade, transit, treaty, USA
The new government become suddenly busy in signing bilateral trade, on the issue on transit and TIFA.
The haste draws criticism from opponents and citizens. The Commerce Minister tries to assure the public that Government will not do anything which goes against the interest of the country. He also assures that every major treaty will be disclosed and discussed in the parliament. He asserted that as this government came to the power with the mandate of the people, it will try to respect it.
The State Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Hasan told ‘Transit is an economic issue’ . But many consider it has political implication also.
Regarding TIFA, USA is eager to sign the bilateral agreement with different countries including Bangladesh. USA tried to pass the treaty during the last political regime but due to disagreement on some of the clauses, it was not ultimately approved.
In the meantime, Council of Ministers approved 2 trade agreements with India. It is said that one of the agreements was first sign in 1980 during Ziaur Rahman regime. It was extended by the past governments and it is now resigned only. In this treaty, the signing countries is allowed to use the roads, water ways and railways for transportation of goods between two places in one country through the territory of the other. The second agreement is a new one by the name ‘Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPA) to boost trade and investment with India.[DS].
We hope that every treaty should be disclosed to the public,be well debated in the media and in parliament and only be accepted if it appears good for the country in short and long term basis.
An ordinary citizen