India and Bangladesh are gearing up to solve a protracted cross-border land conflict. Both nations are preparing for a land swap of enclaves or pieces of land which lie in each other's territories.
These enclaves are pieces of land that the Maharaja of Cooch Behar and Rangpur won or lost in gambling and have existed since 1947. But, soon after Bangladesh's liberation in 1971, a pact was drawn between New Delhi and Dhaka for exchange of these territories.
India has 111 enclaves or nearly 17,000 acres of land within Bangladesh.
Bangladesh, meanwhile, has 51 enclaves or 7,000 acres within India.
Since India has more land in Bangladesh than Bangladesh has in India, India is going to lose about 10,000 acres of land.