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Old September 22, 2016, 12:19 AM
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Default The Strange Case of Bangladesh-India Border

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Folklore has it that this quiltwork of enclaves is the result of a series of chess games between the Maharaja of Cooch Behar and the Faujdar of Rangpur. The noblemen wagered on their games, using villages as currency. Even in the more sober account, represented by Brendan R. Whyte, an academic, the enclaves are the “result of peace treaties in 1711 and 1713 between the kingdom of Cooch Behar and the Mughal empire, ending a long series of wars in which the Mughals wrested several districts from Cooch Behar.”
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THOSE of us who keep an eye out for anomalies in the world's maps have long held a fond regard for what might be called Greater Bengal. A crazed array of boundaries cuts Bangladesh out of the cloth of easternmost India, before slicing up the surrounding Himalayan area and India's north-east into most of a dozen jagged mini-states. But the crème de la crème, for a student of bizarre geography, is to be found floating along the northern edge of Bangladesh's border with India.
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Surreally, these include about two dozen counter-enclaves (enclaves within enclaves), as well as the world's only counter-counter enclave—a patch of Bangladesh that is surrounded by Indian territory…itself surrounded by Bangladeshi territory.
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India and Bangladesh share a 4,100km (2,500-mile) border, hastily drawn around one of the most densely populated places on earth in 1947. Because of endless zigging and zagging it constitutes the world’s fifth-longest. The parcels to be exchanged are 111 Bangladeshi and 51 Indian enclaves clustered on either side of Bangladesh’s border with the district of Cooch Behar, in the Indian state of West Bengal. The enclaves are invisible on most maps; most are invisible on the ground too. But they became an evident problem for their 50,000-odd inhabitants with the emergence of passport and visa controls. Independent India and Bangladesh—part of Pakistan until 1971—each refused to let the other administer its exclaves, leaving their people effectively stateless
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Old September 22, 2016, 07:48 AM
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It was indeed strange. But thankfully, those enclaves were abolished back in 2015. I am surprised you don't know that.
Check it out: https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...al-mido-hasina
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Old September 22, 2016, 02:01 PM
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Well I am not exactly an expert on Bangladesh-India border enclaves.

But good to see you back buddy!
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Old September 22, 2016, 06:34 PM
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Old September 22, 2016, 10:06 PM
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The issue of these enclaves been solved, which is unprecendented peacefull achievement in world history, thanks to long effort from Bangladesh and India's realization, action at the end.
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It has been solved a year ago.
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Old September 23, 2016, 09:23 AM
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Well not all threads on BC have to be breaking. All of you are missing the point. It's artful showcasing for archival purpose.

People all panicking out because it's not news. SMFH
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Well not all threads on BC have to be breaking. All of you are missing the point. It's artful showcasing for archival purpose.

People all panicking out because it's not news. SMFH
it was resolved one year ago
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it was resolved one year ago
koi thred to deklam na... thred khulla na kano... Kano amar economist er kaach theke jante holo? bolo, kano amar economist er kaach theke jante holo!!
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koi thred to deklam na... thred khulla na kano... Kano amar economist er kaach theke jante holo? bolo, kano amar economist er kaach theke jante holo!!
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Contemplating the remarkable natural world Lao Tzu felt that it was man and his activities which constituted a blight on the otherwise perfect order of things. Thus he counseled people to turn away from the folly of human pursuits and to return to one's natural wellspring.


The five colours blind the eye.
The five tones deafen the ear.
The five flavours dull the taste.
Racing and hunting madden the mind.
Precious things lead one astray.
Therefore the sage is guided by what he feels and not by what he sees.
He lets go of that and chooses this.


The central vehicle of achieving tranquillity was the Tao, a term which has been translated as 'the way' or 'the path.' Te in this context refers to virtue and Ching refers to laws. Thus the Tao Te Ching could be translated as The Law (or Canon) of Virtue and it's Way. The Tao was the central mystical term of the Lao Tzu and the Taoists, a formless, unfathomable source of all things.


Look, it cannot be seen - it is beyond form.
Listen, it cannot be heard - it is beyond sound.
Grasp, it cannot be held - it is intangible.
These three are indefinable, they are one.
From above it is not bright;
From below it is not dark:
Unbroken thread beyond description.
It returns to nothingness.
Form of the formless,
Image of the imageless,
It is called indefinable and beyond imagination.

Stand before it - there is no beginning.
Follow it and there is no end.
Stay with the Tao, Move with the present.

Knowing the ancient beginning is the essence of Tao.
buijha nao. bhalo moton poira buijha nao bujhla.....kakua master ki bole.
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