Friday, March 16, 2012

My letter to Dr. Dipu Moni, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh

Dear Dr. Dipu Moni,

Salam. It is gratifying to learn that because of the success of the initiative you took pressing the legitimate right of Bangladesh to explore oil and gas in the complete area of deepwater block DS-08-11 of the Bay of Bengal, long conceived a disputable area, now Conoco-Phillips will be able to conduct exploration. It is a great victory for Bangladesh and its people. And you ought to be credited for making Bangladesh's voice not only heard but respected and honored. Thank you for a job well done.

I hope our other big neighbor India would also see the maritime verdict announced by the ITLOS as a clear sign to resolve the mater of disputed maritime boundary with Bangladesh amicably. But if history is any barometer to judge what to expect from India, I won't be surprised if she refuses to open its eyes and ignores Bangladesh's legitimate rights.

India has already made a mockery of Bangladesh's goodwill and is abusing its territory to ship its goods to the north-east corner while starving Bangladesh of its legitimate rights to water share from the international rivers. India has forgotten that rights is not same as privilege. What she got in Bangladesh is privilege and what they deny to Bangladesh is rights. And that is unacceptable and criminal to the core.

As Foreign Minister, I am sure you would do your utmost to address such disproportionate attitude and rogue behavior of the Indian government.

Best regards,
Dr. Habib Siddiqui
Philadelphia, USA

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