01 August, 2021

A Borderline Case

Delhi hasn't ratified the Indira-Mujib accord, but nor has Dhaka

Ashok Vahie
A Borderline Case
The Indo-Bangladesh border dispute is all set to take a curious turn with Indian authorities planning to turn the tables on their eastern neighbour over the issue of ratification of the 1974 Indira-Mujib accord. India has recently come across anomalies in Bangladesh's claim of having ratified the accord in order to sort out the long-standing border dispute. According to government sources, the "hollowness" of Bangladesh's claim will be exposed in next week's official-level meeting.

It was only after the recent flare-up on the border that the officials were forced to re-study the accord and other related documents. It has reportedly transpired that though Dhaka ratified the accord, it introduced a clause which makes implementation possible only after boundary demarcation.

Also, every possible roadblock was put up by Bangladesh to stall the demarcation. This made the accord's implementation virtually impossible. Says G.K. Pillai, joint secretary (northeast) in the home ministry: "They (Bangladesh) have been fooling their people and they're trying to fool us too. This is...

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