India-Pakistan-Bangladesh confederation by 2047?

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ExpressA close aide to India’s former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has reportedly mooted the idea of establishing an India-Pakistan-Bangladesh confederation before 2047, 100 years after the partition of the subcontinent with British withdrawal.

Sudheendra Kulkarni came up with the idea in new book “August Voices - What they said on 14-15 August 1947 and its relevance for India-Pakistan-Bangladesh Confederation”, according to a PTI report published in The  Indian Express on Monday.

“India’s bloody partition in 1947, and the creation of Pakistan on ‘Two-Nation’ theory, was highly unnatural. Because it was unnatural, it predictably led to Pakistan’s own bloody partition in 1971 with the liberation of Bangladesh.” Kulkarni was quoted to have noted.

“These two partitions have created multiple problems for all three countries,” the report quoted him as having observed.

However, Kulkarni, who resigned from the BJP in 2013 after a close association with the party for 16 years, said, “The existence of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh as three separate, independent and sovereign countries is a reality that cannot be altered.”

 “Partition cannot be undone. But its negative outcomes can and must be undone jointly by the peoples and governments of India and Pakistan and Bangladesh,” he was quoted to have said.

“The beginning should be made by India and Pakistan arriving at a just, amicable, peaceful and compromise-based solution to the long-pending Kashmir dispute.”

The author, the report said, expressed his conviction that the call for friendship and cooperation among India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, leading to a three-nation confederation, is embedded within the history of the freedom movement.

He reportedly insisted that the confederation should be achieved before 2047, which marks the centenary of the end of the British rule in the subcontinent.

The book is scheduled to be released by Indian vice president Hamid Ansari on 28 December.

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