Bangladeshi policy towards India has few redeeming features
India’s tolerance of incidents of firing at the India-Bangladesh border is nothing short of inexplicable.
Forget the complex dynamics with Pakistan or China, it is India’s inability to quieten the border with Bangladesh that demonstrates its failure to comprehend the use of force to maintain peace. The Acorn has argued that India must make conflict more expensive for Bangladesh, including the use of force to inflict deterrent punishment on Bangladeshi forces.
Of course, hostilities will only galvanise Prime Minister Khaleda Zia’s re-election bid. But many Bangladeshis will know it was her government that was responsible for the provocation. In any event, it is time that India delinked its policy towards Bangladesh from that country’s internal politics. It hardly serves India’s interests to have generally friendly relations with the Bangladeshi government for half-the-time, only to have a vicious anti-India regime in place during the other half.