Bangladesh: Liberation to Fundamentalism
Chandrika J Gulati
Commonwealth Publishers, India (1988)


A Study of Volatile Indo-Bangladesh Relations.

Indo-Bangladesh relations have undergone a number of vicissitudes in a short span (1971-88) of their existence. Beginning from 1971-72 when friendship with India was a kernel of Bangladesh’s foreign policy there has been a drift away to the extent of anti-India feeling in Bangladesh. Uncertainty has been lingering in their relationship. The relations have been marked by tensions and disputes on various issues like sharing of Ganga Waters, foreign infiltration in north-eastern region, New moore island and Tin Bigha corridor. Solution of various issues has also remained tentative. Economic relations between the two have been maintained since 1972 but these have also been influenced by vagaries of political relations. Multiple dimensions of the relationship are influenced by a number of historical, economic, sociological and political factors, both domestic and international.

The present study is useful from two points of view. On the one hand, it offers a factual and analytical account of temporal swings in India’s relations with one of her important neighbors – Bangladesh. On the other hand, it is a conceptual study of uneven relationship between a relatively bigger power and a smaller power. What has sought to be investigated is the response of the two countries towards each other; whether this has been friendly of hostile, neutral or violent, simple of complex!

 - from the Preface and Acknowledgements of the Book