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Tipaimukh Dam: Is Bangladesh in the face of impending danger ? November 23, 2011

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, ENVIRONMENT, GOVERNANCE, POLITICS.
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22/11/2011
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

Follow up:
23/11/2011
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.

A Pinak Ranjan and his few comments July 24, 2009

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, Diplomacy., ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT, Flood.
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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

Exploring and Understanding Tipaimukh Dam May 31, 2009

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Tipaimuks DamTimaimukh Dam has drawn much public and media attention by this time. Protests, demonstrations and discussions are going on in Bangladesh and elsewhere.

The Bangladesh Government has decided to send a Parliamentary Committee to visit the Tipaimukh Dam to understand the impact the Dam on Bangladesh. Later the Government expressed to include the experts in the Committee or a separate Expert Committee to explore the dam. 

The ordinary citizen/s  has  little chance to visit the dam physically, so let us explore the dam from the contents of the Internet which may give us a better view of the problem.

Thangkhenlal Ngaihte describes the story so far from Indian perspective http://www.e-pao.net/epSubPageExtractor.asp?src=news_section.opinions.Opinion_on_Building_of_Tipaimukh_Dam.Tipaimukh_Dam_The_story_so_far

A details of the project is described by Dr. Soibam Ibotombi, who teaches Earth Science at Manipur University     http://www.e-pao.net/epSubPageExtractor.asp?src=news_section.opinions.Opinion_on_Building_of_Tipaimukh_Dam.TIPAIMUKH_DAM_a_geotectonic_blunder_I

Along  with Dr. Debabrat Roy, Dr. Soibam Ibotomi spells  complicated disater for Bangladesh http://www.e-pao.net/epSubPageExtractor.asp?src=news_section.opinions.Opinion_on_Building_of_Tipaimukh_Dam.TIPAIMUKH_DAM_a_geotectonic_blunder_II

Jalal Moin describes the parliament on Surma http://www.e-pao.net/epSubPageExtractor.asp?src=news_section.opinions.Opinion_on_Building_of_Tipaimukh_Dam.Surma_hosts_Tipaimukh_Dam_Parliament

 David Buhril asks whether the dam is for development  or destruction in a series of articles http://www.e-pao.net/epSubPageExtractor.asp?src=news_section.opinions.Opinion_on_Building_of_Tipaimukh_Dam.Tipaimukh_Dam_Development_or_Destruction_1
 A Petition to cancel the Tipaimukh Dam and  let barak river run free http://www.petitiononline.com/ACTIPdoa/petition.html

 TD in Munipur in driving a wedge?  http://www.downtoearth.org.in/cover.asp?foldername=20061015&filename=news&sec_id=9&sid=52

Govt urged to stop Tipaimukh  Dam, bdnews.com   http://www.bdnews24.com/details.php?id=84838&cid=2

Global Voice online registered  a post on Tipaimukh Dam   http://globalvoicesonline.org/2009/05/24/bangladesh-tipaimukh-dam-threatens-lives/

Global Voice added another post saying ‘No to Tipaimukh Dam’  http://globalvoicesonline.org/2009/05/27/bangladesh-india-no-to-tipaimukh-dam/

 An ordinary citizen

Post-script:

Tipai emits errie feelings -Daily Star