Infiltrators and Indian citizens

Indian army chief Gen Bipin Rawat has cautioned the country that Pakistan, with the help of China, is carrying on a proxy war against India by a “planned’ influx of people from Bangladesh into the north-eastern part of India. To buttress his point he has claimed that a political party in the north-east, the AIUDF, has been growing faster than the BJP. The General did not explain two things. First, if Pakistan is carrying on a planned influx of Bangladeshis into India’s north-east, what the Indian Border Security Force is doing to prevent this ‘influx’? Why the BSF has failed to prevent this? What are the reasons?  Secondly, since the influx is of Bangladeshis, what role the Bangladesh Government is playing to prevent this influx? Has New Delhi taken up this issue with the authorities in Dhaka? If so, what has been the response of Bangladesh?
The General has made another comment of a political nature which has already created a controversy. He has alleged that the All India United Democratic Front, a political party based in Assam which is seen as a party of minority Muslims, has been growing faster than the BJP.  But the members of the AIUDF, mostly Muslims, are not foreign infiltrators but Indian nationals who have been living in Assam for generations. What the General has said blurs the distinction between foreign infiltrators and Indian nationals. In the charged political situation in Assam, the General’s statement will only exacerbate feelings against Indian Muslims, something he certainly does not want.
Thirdly the higher growth of a political party in comparison with another may be due to a number of factors which have nothing to do with infiltration from across the border. Will it be correct to suggest that all the infiltrators are joining the AIUDF and the leadership of AIUDF is giving them membership knowingly and with an ulterior purpose? If so, then it is a serious matter that needs to be inquired into by the concerned authorities and the Election Commission. The charge has to be proved and laid at the door of the party. The bogey of Muslims in Assam gradually outnumbering the Hindus has been there for a long time since the thirties of the last century. Even a former Governor expressed this fear. But census figures do not support this assumption.

Tuesday, 6 March, 2018