Hemant Mahajan
12/9/2011 8:48:38 AM
4 Crore Bangladeshis have illegally sneaked into Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura too. They are marrying the local girls of influential people and are thus getting protection from their in-laws’ families. Now, the new generation of Muslims, i.e. the Janjati Muslims, is growing. They give Muslim names to their children but the clan remains that of local wives, like Saidullah Ningrum, Azad Lingdoh (Khasi Muslims), Nizamuddin Semia, Akram Semia (Naga Muslims), Shahabuddin Chowdhury, Akbar Laskar (Assamese Muslims) and others. In Assam, Muslims are using Assamese surnames like Hazarika, Barbhuian, Bargohain, Bhuiyan, Bora, Gohain and others. There are Meitei Muslims too in Manipur. (Maiti are Hindu Descedants of Arjuna)

In Nagaland, the Muslim menace is more serious. Dimapur has become the den of these Bangladeshi Muslims. They constitute the leading labour force in the agriculture sector owned by the Naga community. The majority of rickshaw-pullers, auto-drivers and other manual labourers is now of Bangladeshi Muslims. This has given rise to robbery, theft, illegal trafficking of narcotic drugs and liquor, smuggling of pornographic films and vulgar literature and an unprecedented rise in crime, flesh trade and prostitution. 

The Nagaland state capital, Kohima, has become the second biggest haven for the illegal migrant Bangla Deshis who occupy most of the shops in the main market, P.R. Hills and other localities. They marry Angami girls and become sons-in-law of the Naga people.Similarly, all the district areas such as Mokokchung, are infested with them. They are sneaking into the interiors of Nagaland. Some  years before, the students´ bodies had agitated against these foreigner Bangla Deshis. 

But the agitation was silently withdrawn reportedly due to threats from Bangladesh that the Government of Bangladesh would demolish all the camps of Naga undergrounds established in the territory of that country if the Bangladeshi Muslims were harassed in Nagaland. On seeing this unprecedented growth of Bangla Deshi population in Nagaland, S.C. Jamir, the then Chief Minister, once stated, “Bangla Deshis are breeding like mosquitoes in Nagaland.”

As a result of such illegal migration of Bangladeshi Muslims and their nuptial ties with the local Naga girls, a new community called Semiya or Sumias has already emerged in the state. Their number is estimated to be several thousand. The concentration of the Semiyas is the highest in Dimapur and Kohima districts respectively. There are fears among many that the voters’ list might have been doctored to accommodate the Semiyas as well other immigrants. The result of such immigration is gradually being felt in the state.

According to a Dimapur-based newspaper, on any Muslim religious day at least half of the shops in Kohima and some 75 per cent in Dimapur remain closed. It is also a fact that control over business establishments is fast receding from the hands of the locals. A recent survey conducted by the state directorate of Agriculture showed that 71.73 per cent of the total business establishments are being controlled and run by non-locals. 

Poor Vigil On North East BanglaDesh Border
Currently,  70 BSF battalions (100,000 troops)are deployed along the Indo-Bangladesh border. In order to facilitate more effective vigil along the frontier with Bangladesh, distance between two BoPs will be reduced & new BoPs will be set up along the Bangladesh border in the North East. Slow moving BSF & Home Ministry has not been able to construct border fence for last 10 years . 

Some years ago it was promised by the BSF  that terrorists would be stopped at the Bangla Desh border. We are yet to see that day. Over 4 crore BANGLADESHI have infiltrated into  India showing ineffectiveness of BSF. They are now hoping to complete fence by 2013.The Home Ministry & state governments& BSF needs to be held responsible for jeopardizing national security by letting in 4 crore Bangla Deshi. 
Bangladesh: Hope For Better Future? 

The Awami League has traditionally been friendlier towards India than the BNP of Begum Khalida Zia. India has an opportunity to settle the outstanding bilateral issues with Bangladesh during the tenure of the present government. 

Our key concerns remain the Indian Insurgent Groups(IIG's) presence in Bangladesh, continuing illegal migration from Bangladesh which has resulted in the alteration of demographic balance in the North East; the lack of transit facilities through Bangladesh to the North East, the involvement of HuJI cadres in terrorist incidents in India, anti-India mindset of some political parties including the BNP and JI, etc. 

India's effort should be to walk the extra mile in resolving the outstanding issues with Bangladesh during the tenure of the Awami League government. We should consider the genuine concerns of the Bangladeshi government on trade and non-tariff barriers. We should also enhance military to military contacts. We must initiate steps to and settle the land and maritime borders early. There is, however, a need to be cautious on water-sharing issues as India also has genuine concerns on water security. 

The Bangladeshi government needs to be persuaded to take action against the IIGs based on their soil as well as the Islamic fundamentalists. We should deal with the illegal migration problem ourselves by strengthening the border fence, issuing identity cards to the Indian population on the border and by issuing work permits to economic migrants. No government in Bangladesh including the Awami League led government can openly display a positive stance towards India.

Therefore, we will have to be sensitive in dealing with Bangladesh. Needless to say, the moment is ripe to take effective counter-measures against cross-border jihadi terrorism that is afflicting both India and Bangladesh 


      Hemant Mahajan