Bangladeshi Infiltrations – A Silent Invasion
Bangladesh, officially the People's Republic of Bangladesh was formed in 1971, under the leadership of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman after the bloody Bangladesh Liberation War, in which it was supported by India.1 But, today Bangladesh had become home for Islamic terrorist outfits like Harkat-ul-Jehad-al-Islami (HuJI), Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) ,Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), Purba Bangla Communist Party (PBCP).2 North-East India’s separatist outfits like ULFA [Assam], ANVC[Meghalaya],NLFT[Tripura], NSCN[Nagaland], PLA[Manipur] have there camps in Bangladesh. These organizations are involved not only in creating chaos in India but also ethnic cleansing of minorities in Bangladesh. The Hindu population of Bangladesh[then East Pakistan] in 1947 was 29.17%, but it decreased to 2.5% in 2001.4
According to the 2001 census report Indian population is 1,027,015,247.3 Of this, 1.5 crore people of Bangladeshi Infiltrators who are living in India.5 The Intelligence Bureau has reportedly estimated, after an extensive survey, that the present number is about 16 million. The August 2000 report of the Task Force on Border Management placed the figure at 15 million, with 300,000 Bangladeshis entering India illegally every month.6 It is estimated that about 13 lakh Bangladeshis live in Delhi alone. It has been reported that 1 crore Bangladeshis are missing from Bangladesh[August 4,1991,Morning Sun] and it implies that those people have infiltrated India. These infiltrators mainly settle in North-East India and in West Bengal. This is shown by the fact that there has been irregular increase in the muslim population in these states and many of the districts have become Muslim majority. The proportion of Muslims in Assam had increased from 24.68% in 1951 to 30.91% in 2001.Whereas in the same time period the proportion of Muslims in India increased from 9.91% to 13.42%.7 In West Bengal, the Muslim population in west Dinajpur, Maldah, Birbhum and Murshidabad percentage wise in 36.75, 47.49, 33.06 and 61.39 respectively according to 1991 census.
This has not only caused the burden on the Indian Economy, but also threatens the Identity of the Indigenous people of the North-East of India. In Tripura, another north eastern state of India, the local population have been turned into a minority community over time by the sheer numbers of cross border migrants from Bangladesh. In 1947, 56 per cent of Tripura’s population consisted of tribal (or indigenous) population. Today this stands at a quarter of the total.8 In many districts these infiltrators are the one who decides the outcome of elections. Outcomes of the 32% of Vidhana Sabha seats in Assam and 18% of seats in West Bengal are decided by them.9 This is due to the fact that political parties are helping them to get Ration Cards and Voters ID and hence using them to win elections.
North-Eastern region is connected to rest of India by a small strip called “The Siliguri Corridor” or “Chickan’s Neck”.The militants have planned to isolate North-East of India from the rest of India and to create a new Muslim nation called “Islamistan”. This Operation is named as “Operation Pincode”. For this they have planned to infiltrate 3000 Jihadis into North Eastren region.[Jan 15, 2005,The Pioneer]. The “Mughalistan Reaserch Institute Of Bangladesh” has released a map where a muslim corridor named “Mughalistan” connects Pakistan and Bangladesh via India. According to the task force, there are 905 Mosques and 439 Madrasas along Indo-Bangladesh border on the Indian side10.
These clearly indicate the intensity of the problem. Bangladesh with the help of ISI is silently invading India. If we do not take necessary measures India will undergo another partition. The present laws to counter the infiltration issues is not enough. We need to enact stringent laws. Indians should economically boycott them and create a hostile situation for them.
4 Neighbour or invader by Dina Nath Mishra, The Pioneer
5 Future of Hindus in Bangladesh by Bhupendra Kr. Bhattacharyya, Organiser
6 , 7,8 Refugees, Illegal Migrants and Local Perceptions in India'sFar East, by Anup Saikia