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Should India have helped liberate Bangladesh?

December 05, 2006

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Thirty-five years after India helped liberate Bangladesh, relations between the two nations are strained. Relations between Dhaka and Islamabad, on the other hand, continue to improve, particularly after Pakistan's President General Pervez Musharraf made an indirect apology for the atrocities of 1971.

Many politicians now in power in Dhaka had opposed independence, and some even plaintively note that had they not declared independence, they would have been a nuclear weapons State now.

Many Indian observers have slammed then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for not having negotiated a settlement on Kashmir in return for the 93,000 Pakistani POWs captured after the war.

Indian concerns now include illegal migration, support for rebels in the northeast, increasing Bangladeshi links with Pakistan's ISI and terrorist acts in India, regular border skirmishes, and the general anti-India mood in Bangladesh.

In retrospect, was India right in helping create Bangladesh? Tell us

The 1971 War: 35 Years On

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Number of User Comments: 146

Sub: biggest mistake

It was the biggest mistake by India after independance. You can not support this ungreatful nation and its people. Every Bangadeshi is a Pakistani supporter. ...

Posted by Shekhar

Sub: A big mistake

India should never have fought the 1971 war for the ungrateful Bangaldeshis. They now support Pakisthan, aid the ISI for spreading terrorism and send truckloads ...

Posted by rdinesh

Sub: Should India have helped Bangladesh

India already has two pakistans now, only the names are different. Moreover, after the 'surgery' by Dr. India, Pakistan has become more codmpact and more ...

Posted by manam

Sub: Liberation of Bangla Desh in 1971

Yes. Mrs. Indira Gandhi did the rightest and prideful job in 1971. But shame on followers of her and shame on Indian politics, that they ...

Posted by Mukul Saxena

Sub: Help to Bangladas.... No way

I donít understand on which foreign policy India is supporting Bangladesh fro last 30 years. Our heroes had dies for such a country which is ...

Posted by Alok Mishra



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