New Delhi, India: Bangladeshi President Abdul Hamid (2L) at Mahatma Gandhi's memorial; an alignment with Bangladesh gives India strategic space amid its perennial fear of encirclement by Pakistan and China (source: dpa)

Bangladesh must keep India, China in play as climate exodus looms

Bangladesh faces a host of deep-rooted social and environmental problems. With the exception of a few city-states and small island nations, it is the most densely populated country on earth. Global warming and seasonal storms threaten the livelihoods, and sometimes the lives, of much of the population in the low-lying coastal regions. A radical form of political Islam is becoming more assertive, and four secular bloggers have been murdered over the past several months. The country’s politics is plagued by corruption and deadlock, resulting in an opposition boycott of the 2014 general elections. The poll was greeted with strikes, protests and more than 20 deaths, writes GIS guest expert Brendan O’Reilly.


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Despite these intimate bonds, serious tensions remain between Dhaka and New Delhi. Indian media often complain of illegal immigration from Bangladesh into the state of West Bengal
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