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India in Bangladesh Election December 16, 2013

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH.
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SujathaSingh in Bangladesh

Ssujatha Singh in Bangladesh

How deeply India feels concern about Bangladesh Election is reflected by the recent visit of Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh to Bangladesh at the height of pre-election tempo in the country. She met PM Sk. Hasina, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia , Jatiya Party President HM Ershad and others.
She wished that maximum parties would participate in the coming general election. She avoided to mention the inclusion of main opposition party BNP in the election. She insisted HM Ershad to participate in the election and said otherwise fundamentalism would rise in Bangladesh.
Indian High Commissioner Pankaj Saran a few days earlier appreciated the election effort of the Government saying that it will strengthen the process of democracy in Bangladesh.
Analyst[1][2] expressed their concern over the one-eyed approach of India towards Bangladesh election. Opposition leader Khaleda Zia also asked India to respect the emotion of people of Bangladesh.
India should understand that a strong anti-Indian sentiment is prevailing in the country because of brutal actions of BSF along the border and blunt support of India to the present ruling party.
India should understand that she should keep its policy open and keep a good relation with Bangladesh as a country that people of Bangladesh want and shouldn’t support a particular party on the question of election. As a strong democratic country it should nourish democracy in other countries also.
US Ambassador in Bangladesh Dan Mozana flied to New Delhi a month back to talk election issue and then went to Washington to appraise his findings to the foreign office. Washington declared that USA has no difference with India on the future of Bangladesh. Recently it is surfaced that India pressures US about Bangladesh.
It seems that big powers are interested to dictate the future of Bangladesh but they are ignoring the power of common people in their calculation.

An ordinary citizen

Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid recently said that US should stand close to Indian policy on Bangladesh. Barrister Mainul Hossain, an ex-Adviser to the Caretaker Government in Tritiya Matra of Channel Eye termed it as an unwanted dictation from India and said that let Bangladesh determine its own fate.


1. Nalliah Thayabharan - February 5, 2014

The US has been quite worked up on the Bangladesh parliament elections which were held a month ago, despite a total boycott from the main opposition party – the Begum Khaleda Zia -ed Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) – and its major ally Jamaat-e-Islami, Bangladesh. The US was quite perturbed over India’s support of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and pressured India to persuade Sheikh Hasina to defer elections and accommodate Begum Khaleda Zia in the political process at Zia’s terms. Both Russia and China are with the India mainly because of their concerns about the deadly web of Islamist terrorism that the US policies may weave for Bangladesh. The US envoy in Bangladesh Dan Mozenna paid an unusual visit to India three months ago and held closed-door talks with Indian National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon to use India in persuading Sheikh Hasina to defer the Bangladesh polls till such time major political players in Bangladesh arrive at a common ground. India refused to play ball. The Indians could not stomach Washington’s support of Begum Khaleda Zia, during whose prime ministerial tenure anti-India insurgent forces had thrived on Bangladeshi soil. Begum Khaleda Zia has been seen by India as a stooge of rival Pakistan. India could not afford to score an own-goal by shackling Sheikh Hasina and strengthening the hands of known India-baiter Begum Khaleda Zia. During the tenure of Begum Khaleda Zia her interior minister had warned India not to forget that the Indian northeastern region was “Bangladesh-locked.

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