India and Bangladesh discuss ‘pasha’ enclaves

Recognition of landlocked areas won in card games to be raised during India PM’s visit.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is starting a two-day visit to neighbouring Bangladesh.

One of the main areas of discussion will be about the hundreds of landlocked islands which are cut off from both governments along the 4,000km border.

The enclaves were created hundreds of years ago when this region was just one territory. Local landlords and kings would play a game called pasha that is still played today.

The landowners would bet a bit of their land over the game, and whoever lost the game would have to give a bit of their land away to the winner, and this is how these enclaves were created.

India has already agreed to recognise more than 111, while Bangladesh will acknowledge 51.

Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque reports from one Bangladeshi enclave inside India.

Source: Al Jazeera


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