Indian chatter, 7th Fleet in Bay of Bengal?

by rahnuma ahmed

Bay of Bengal, Times Now, US Seventh Fleet, US eyes Bangladesh, US Special Forces

TIMES NOW, a 24 hour English news channel, owned by the Times of India, based in Mumbai which broadcasts in India, Singapore and USA, ran an exclusive named “U.S. Eyes Bangladesh” on May 31, 2012.
The investigative report, which claims that the US wants to park its Seventh Fleet in a naval base in Chittagong — which has reportedly caught the Indian establishment “unaware” — was followed by its News Hour Debate, anchored by Times Now’s editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami. Continue reading “Indian chatter, 7th Fleet in Bay of Bengal?”

CONCLUDING PART Military-installed caretaker govt, or a 'consortium' govt?

by rahnuma ahmed

Chief Advisor of Caretaker Government of Bangladesh Fakhruddin Ahmed (L)?walks next to Bangladesh's Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina Wajed (R),?whose party won a landslide victory in the just conducted parliamentary elections. Dhaka, December 31, 2008.

As I conclude my series on the consortium government, I’d like to let my readers know that what I’ve been writing (7 parts, this included) was a mere scratch of the tip of the iceberg. That, since the more I delved, the more intrigued I became, I have decided to continue my research, and will probably write about some of the themes later, in these pages, after having examined them in greater detail.
At a more general level, I have argued that terming Fakhruddin’s regime as a “military-installed caretaker government,” which, when it had been coined, had helped to unmask the character of the regime, had helped to expose its repeated objectives of “strengthening Bangladesh’s democratic order” (Fakhruddin) as being rhetorical moves concealing ulterior motives, but however, that, a critical look, aided by hindsight, leads me to believe that one needs to further our analysis, that forces which were then identified as being supporters of the regime, i.e., shusheel shomaj, and western diplomats, were intrinsic to the regime, formed its constitutive elements. Continue reading “CONCLUDING PART Military-installed caretaker govt, or a 'consortium' govt?”