What India is supposed to gain by being anti-Bangladesh?
Above is a question that I have asked myself numerous times, but have failed to come up with a reasonable response. Before asking readers for their help, I want to draw a comparison between
and India to see where these two countries stand in their respective positions: Bangladesh
Landmass: 3,287,590 sq. km. 144,000 sq. km.
Population: 1,065,070,607 141,340,476 (July 2004 estimate).
Natural Resources: Coal (fourth-largest reserve Natural gas, arable land and timber.
in the world), iron ore,
manganese, mica, bauxite,
titanium ore, chromites, natural
gas, diamond, petroleum,
limestone, arable land.
GDP: $3.022 trillion (2003 estimate). $258.8 billion (2003 estimate).
Industries: Textiles, chemicals, food processing, Cotton textile, jute, garments,
steel, transportation equipment, tea, cement, chemical, fertilizer,
cement, mining, petroleum, light engineering & sugar
Oil Reserve: 4.33 billion barrels (Jan 200 estimate). N/A
Oil Production: 732,400 barrels/daily (2001 estimate). 3,581 bbls/day (2001 estimate).
Exports: $57.24 billions (2003 estimate). $6.713 billions (2003 estimate).
Military Power: 172,153,371 (2004 estimate). 22,807,339 (2003 estimate).
(Fit for service).
In my understanding, most of
ís industries are fed by locally available raw materials. On the other hand, most of India ís industries are dependent on imported raw materials. Bangladesh
and India share a long and porous border. Since Bangladesh needs to support itself through import, Bangladesh has become one of its largest exporters. While a good number of commercial transactions between these two countries take place officially, many are not. To avoid tax and levies, a lot of merchandises from India also enter India through illegal channels. Bangladesh
As I understand,
ís economy is dependent, to a great extent, on imports from Bangladesh today. Should India put a stop on the export of its bovine animals, poultry, fish, spices, sarees and other essential goods, India would find itself in a very difficult situation. Without import from Bangladesh , would Bangladeshi people not only miss the daily doses of their protein (beef being its major source), they would also have a great difficulty in observing their Eid-ul-adha due to the shortage of sacrificial animals in their country. India
In the arena of entertainment, many Bangladeshis look to
for its availability. They not only enjoy watching Indian movies on VCRs, they are also fond of India ís cable channel television stations. I believe Zee-TV is one of the favorite channels of the India people. They watch Indian movies at the cost of their local productions. Bangladesh
has become a market of the Indian goods. With the passage of time, Bangladesh is likely to become more dependent on Bangladesh to meet its needs. This is what is best for the Indian economy; it does not need to physically occupy India in order to achieve its economic goals. Bangladesh
and India are not compatible with each other in any way, I wonder what the former is supposed to gain by being against the latter. Can any reader help me understand the equation between these two countries? And also, what Bangladesh , or for that matter, any other country of the world, expects to gain by maligning India directly, or through its agents? Bangladesh
August 11, 2004
Mohammad Asghar writes from USA.
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