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Demographic invasion - The Observer

Dina Nath Mishra ()
December 31, 1998

Title: Demographic invasion
Author: Dina Nath Mishra
Publication: The Observer
Date: December 31, 1998

Introduction: Bangladeshis, by bribing paramilitary forces, are
landing in India every posing numerous unresolved problems.

Does Supreme Court's directive to Central and West Bengal
governments to file status report within six weeks on the
presence of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants in the country and
state respectively, generate any hope over this cancerous growth
of infiltrators.

Recently Assam governor Lt Gen S K Sinha wrote an alarming letter
to the Centre pointing out dangerous dimensions of Bangladeshi
migrants forming majority of in the state's population and future
repercussions of the development. Can the government of India
attend to this problem? Would it like to implement
constitutional provision of citizenship? Even if it likes to
tackle the problem, would it be allowed by the allies to act.

One can recall the revision electoral rolls in Mangaldoi
Parliamentary constituency in Assam in 1979 and the shocking
revelations detection of names of thousands of Bangladeshi
nationals created such a consternation in the state that it has
not subsided even after a lapse of twenty years. One can also
recall that as a immediate consequence of this detection, the
entire population of Assam revolted. Assam agitation continued
for full six years. Students of Assam under the banner of All
Assam Student Union took up the cause and launched the agitation.
Systematic infiltration was arranged by late President Fakhruddin
Ali Ahmad to make his constituency a safe seat of Muslim
majority.

Today Assam is ruled by Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mohanta a
product of AASU, but he dare not talk of infiltration for Assam
is already a Muslim majority state, curtsey the immigrants. The
helplessness of Assam government regarding the problem of
gigantic infiltration casts its shadow over Central Government
also for its survival is depends on allies and know that some
allies are wedded to Muslim votes.

Muslims, by and large, are sympathetic to Bangladeshi
infiltrators. Thus the infiltrators have much larger say in the
political spectrum of the country ranging from Congress to CPM.
Some of the parties have vested interest in infiltrators and
therefore they connived with the local authorities to make them
citizens.

There has been a tendency to underplay the infiltrators' problem.
When Assam was stunned in 1979 - the Central government and the
national media were not.

Political parties baring BJP and a few more were not sympathetic
to Assamese problem. There has been also a tendency to underplay
this gigantic problem resulting in under assessing the actual
number of infiltrators. The Central government concedes the
presence of only 1.2 crore Bangladeshi infiltrators, whereas
actual number may be just double. Even today thousands of
Bangladeshi Muslims are systematically infiltrating by bribing
the paramilitary forces. The organised network of mafias and
touts in the bordering districts of Bangladesh are exploiting
poor Bangladeshi Muslims by selling the dreams of India. They are
motivated by the design of demographic aggression on India.
Along With the infiltrators agents of Pakistani Inter Services
Intelligence are also pouring in large numbers.

The result is that Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, Tripura and North
Eastern states are deluged with Bangladeshi Muslim migrants. Six
bordering district of West Bengal - South 24 Pargana, North 24
Parganas, Nadia, Murshidabad, Malda and West Dinajpur, four
districts of Bihar - Purnea, Katihar, Kishanganj and Araia, and
ten districts of Assam - Dhubri, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Nalhari,
Kokrajai, Lakhimpur, Darrang, Nagaon and Kamrup have become
extensions of Bangladesh.

If nothing is done to stop the infiltration, India will most
certainly face demand for another partition of the country just
within a decade or so.

Lt Gen Sinha has hinted about this fate in his recent letter to
President. Apart from these areas we can see Bangladeshis in big
cities and small towns almost all over the country, baring
probably the South.

In my locality in Delhi half of the rikshawwalas and part-time
maid servants are Bangladeshi. There are approximately two to
five lakh Bangladeshi infiltrators in Delhi. Same is the
condition of Mumbai.

A friend of mine from Ganganagar, in Rajasthan told me about the
presence of thousands of Bangladeshi migrants there. The same is
true about almost half of the districts of Uttar Pradesh and
elsewhere.

Apart from Islamic fundamentalists design of demographic
aggression, the problem has a human dimension too. Bangladesh is
a small country with an area of 144,000 sq km. It has a
stupendous population 120 millions. Within the next 25 five
years the population will climb up to 220 million. With a
density of 776 per sq km, highest in the world, it is among the
poorest countries in the world, sinking deeper and deeper into
poverty.

Educationally, it is one of the most backward. Now that the
Muslim fundamentalism has gripped Bangladesh, its release appears
impossible. Under these circumstances, if infiltration is not
stopped, the fundamentalists in Bangladesh are going to release
double waves of infiltrators within next decade. It is
imperative to stop the influx despite the porous nature of the
boarder and attend to the most generous proposal of Home Minister
L K Advani that 12 million infiltrators be treated as economic
refugees and given work permits.

Simultaneously Central government should workout an agreed system
of deporting in consultation with states concerned. It may be
recalled that when Maharashtra government tried to deport a few
hundred Bangladeshi, chorus of politically motivated protests
started and the Left government of West Bengal created a lot of
hurdles. Jyoti Basu government alleged that bonafide Bengali-
speaking Indian citizens were being selectively targeted and that
the Maharashtra government had unleashed a communal witch-hunt.

The Mumbai Mantralaya retorted that an elaborate legal procedure
had been followed and only illegal immigrants were being
deported.

There is also a need to scrap purposeless Illegal Migrants
Determination Tribunal Act.

As the problem has acquired draconian magnitude and in the light
of the apex court directive, some consensus has to be arrived
between Centre and the states immediately.

Supreme Court should also not rest just by having status report.
It is the duty of the judiciary to see that Constitutional
provisions do not suffer massive hemorrhage. Success of the
course would depend on the attitude of Bangladesh Government
also. Thus relations with the latter not only be friendly, but
India should lend a helping hand in building their economy so
that India ceases to be dream land of the Bangladeshi poor.


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