Saturday, May 01, 2004
Ancient bets leave hundreds homeless
Along the India-Bangladesh border - For generations, the all-powerful kings of two neighboring realms met to play cards. When one would lose, he'd give a little piece of his kingdom to the other.
Years later, this royal whimsy has created a geopolitical nightmare for hundreds of thousands of people - both Indian and Bangladeshi - who are stuck in tiny enclaves inside each other's country. Largely forgotten by their own countries, there are 111 such islands of Indian territory inside Bangladesh, and 51 bits of Bangladesh inside India.