Described as India’s Mexican problem, ‘illegal migrants from Bangladesh’ have long been cast as villains. One of them, Kalimuddin, deported thrice, is part of the folklore in Assam. 600 Bangladeshis held in Indian prisons have been repatriated in the last three years while a thousand more are still behind bars. Human Rights groups in Bangladesh claim at least 20,000 Bangladeshi women have been forced into prostitution in India. And a report in The Guardian last year put the figure of Bangladeshi intruders shot dead by the Border Security Force (BSF) at a staggering 1,000 between 2001 and 2011.
While the Indian security establishment believes illegal migration from Bangladesh poses a serious threat to internal security, there has been no serious dialogue between the two countries and when Assam Rifles made a presentation on “The demographic invasion of the North-East”, chief minister Tarun Gogoi shot down the hypothesis and questioned the terminology.
AGP (Asom Gana Parishad), which came to power by campaigning against foreigners, failed to deport a single foreigner during the 10 years it was in office. A little over 10,000 people were, however, identified as Bangladeshis under the IMDT (Illegal Migrants’ Detection by Tribunals) Act in a period of 20 years till it was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2005. Only about one-fifth of them could be physically deported from the country.
Bangladeshi officials claim some migrants are victims of immigration fraud. “They are promised jobs in Dubai but are dumped after they enter India.” Some, they concede, could also be criminals seeking to evade the law.
Indrajit Gupta, the then union home minister, informed Parliament in 1997 there were 10 million illegal Bangladeshi migrants. Successive governments have been more circumspect and figures are hard to come by. A pilot project of the home ministry also discovered that ‘suspected foreigners’ often had ration cards and land to establish their Indian citizenship.
The demand for Bangladeshi labour queers the pitch. They are skilled agriculturists and, like all migrants, are hard working and come cheap. That explains why many are engaged as sharecroppers and why their employers are more than willing to help them settle down.
Many, like Bilal Mondal, end up as construction workers in Mumbai. Mondal, an inmate in Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail, claims to have been lured by prospects of a better life. As a rickshaw puller in Bangladesh, he earned Taka 50 a day. In Mumbai, he was promised Rs 10,000 a month.
The problem, says a former Director of Intelligence Bureau, is that India does not have an immigration policy. “Regulations we have but a policy would include a road map for integration, work permits, refugee status, a legal framework and bilateral treaties,” he told Outlook.
Anger of tarun gogoi is understndable since he won elections only because of the votes of the bangladesh encroachers. He may even propose a genocide of bodos to support encroaches.India cannot be a dumping ground for those cheated of heavenly life in middle east. The run away is a tragic fact resulting from looting the country by the bangladeshi polticians. Our MMS cannot point out this since he himself is a passive spectator of oozing corruption in his own regime. Myanmar is absolutely right when it drove out the encroachers. Instead of giving monetary aid, development in agriculture, healthcare, industrialisation must be helped. The suffering of Bangladesh is by its politicians. By their talking, bangla deshis can be identified and deported. If the locals do not want to lose their jobs,the villagers, urban population of northeast must be alerted. If labour is required from Bangla desh for agricultural operations, government must intervene to discipline it and not leaving for encroachers to have their way.There was such a hue and cry of Gujerath 2002 but there is no whisper about the killings, incendiarism of Kokrajar. This is only because congressism.
IN A WORLD WHERE JOURNALISTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE OBJECTIVE AND STAND UP TO THINGS OTHER THAN BLIND PAROCHIALISM, UTTAM SENGUPTA STANDS OUT AS AN OUTSTANDING EXCEPTION IN REFUSING TO BE ANYTHING BUT OUTRIGHTLY PAROCHIAL. FOR UTTAM SENGUPTA, ALL THAT MATTERS IS THAT THE BANGLADESHIS SPEAK THE SAME LANGUAGE AS HIS AND SO SHOULD BE GIVEN ALL RIGHTS TO SETTLE AND LIVE IN INDIA. IF UTTAM SENGUPTA HAD HIS WAY, BANGLADESH WOULD GET ITS ENTIRE BUDGET FUNDED BY INDIAN CITIZENS.
"Bangladeshis, and by default Muslims seeking a better life, find themselves at the receiving end of xenophobia." Sengupta
Perhaps Sengupta could illuminate us about how Bangladesh became "by default Muslim." Even after Partition, Pakistan, and particularly East Pakistan, was roughly 20-25% non-Muslim. In 1971, the Pakistani army liquidated some 3 million Hindus in what is now Bangladesh. The Hamood-ur-Rahman commission acknowledged that there were written orders to kill all the Hindus in East Pakistan. Now, after decades of persecution, forced conversions, genocide and ethnic cleansing, Pakistan is 99% Muslim and Bangladesh is 94% Muslim.
The same pattern of Muslim persecution of Hindu minorities is manifest in Kashmir, where the Pandits have been ethnically cleansed, so Kashmir too is 99% Muslim, and the Pandits have been left as refugees in their own country.
Now Sengupta and his sickular friends want is to import millions more Muslims into India so they can continue their good work within India proper!
As the British said, the Hindoo has a sense of the past but no sense of history. Dumb cultures become extinct, and that is what will happen to us if we don't give the boot to Sengupta and his fellow travelers.
> "Bangladeshis, and by default Muslims seeking a better life, find themselves at the receiving end of xenophobia."
This is a more mature and realistic approach to the subject.
In a world increasingly hostile to migrants, Bangladeshis, and by default Muslims seeking a better life, find themselves at the receiving end of xenophobia,AND XENOPHILIA
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