India, Bangladesh in cross-border shelling incident.

August 11, 2006

The Indian and Bangladeshi armies are once again fighting in the undeclared war over disputed border territories near Assam.

India, which often acts as a mini-superpower in the Subcontinent, has often engaged in pretty skirmishes with its eastern neighbour over the border, which was sketched out on the back of a coffee mat in London circa 1949. No-one’s entirely sure where it should be, and tensions have risen in the area in recent times since India began farming lands that territory-starved Bangladesh claims for itself.

Normally the two countries share friendly relations, and it doesn’t look like either wish to spoil this over a few bullets flying back and forth, but India has recently been attempting to fence off the porous and ill-defined divide between the nations. Bangladesh has not been best pleased, since it reckons the fence is actually about 50 feet in.

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