Friday, May 20, 2005

BANGLADESH: Indo-Bangla security dialogue need of the hour

Hegemonic stance is also being maintained by Indian authorities on the matter of environmental security that is vital to the survival of Bangladesh. At a South Asian parliamentary conference in Murree, Pakistan, parliamentarians and experts from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India itself noted how the Indian river-linking project, devised by the former BJP-led government and now revamped by the Congress-led government, would destroy the essential ecological balance of Bangladesh by choking the common rivers. Bangladesh feels threatened by the project which it regards as a tool of environmental aggression. Indian Water Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi has declared that the UPA government is 'fully committed' to the project, but it is only at a conceptual stage and it will take into account the concerns expressed by the lower riparian, Bangladesh. In other words, the UPA government in Delhi has reserved the option of unilateral action on the water front as well.

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