Dangers of Illegal immigration
Accidentally, I committed a blunder last week. A friend working for our armed forces had sent me a message through e-mail. The message was thought- provoking. I decided to share it with my core group of friends. However, while forwarding the message I accidentally hit at “all contacts”. The result was that the message was forwarded to all the contacts associated with my e-mail ID.
And one of such contacts was a gentleman from Pakistan. His reaction to the message was abusive and unprintable, though the abuse was against India, not me. And surprisingly, he was emboldened to do so because one of my close friends, a senior journalist, who hails from Kerala, had sent a really nasty reaction to my forwarded message. My journalist-friend was a hero for the Pakistani gentleman.
Now, I must tell the readers what the forwarded message was:
If You Cross The North Korean Border Illegally You Get 12 Years Hard Labour.
If You Cross The Iranian Border Illegally You Are Detained Indefinitely.
If You Cross The Afghan Border Illegally, You Get Shot.
If You Cross The Saudi Arabian Border Illegally You Will Be Jailed.
If You Cross The Chinese Border Illegally You May Never Be Heard Again.
If You Cross The Venezuelan Border Illegally You Will Be Branded A Spy And Your Fate Will Be Sealed.
If You Cross The Cuban Border Illegally You Will Be Thrown Into Political Prison To Rot.
If You Enter Britain Illegally You Will be Arrested, Prosecuted and Sent to Prison and Deported.
If You Are a Pakistani or a Bangladeshi and Illegally Cross the Indian Border You Get
- A Ration Card,
- Passport (one or more)
- Haz Subsidy,
- A Driver’s License,
- Voter Identity Card,
- Job Reservation,
- Special Privileges,
- Credit Cards,
- Subsidised Rent Or A Loan To Buy A House,
- Free Education,
- Free Health Care,
- A Lobbyist in New Delhi, With A Ready Television Channel & Group Of Expert Human Right Activists,
- The Right To Talk About Secularism, Which Was Not Heard Of Back Home,
- And Of Course, Voting Rights!
And how did my journalist friend react? Here it is:
Prakash, we should consider ourselves lucky that at least some people consider it fit to ruin their lives by crossing over to this shit country where 60 per cent don’t have food to eat while the one per cent brahmanical class have fashioned little Singapores for themselves, don’t pay taxes, loot the exchequer and live in Lutyens bungalows. Incidentally Bangladesh against which your mail is targeted will be a much better off country in one or two years for the poor than India will ever be, thanks to our all-consuming brahmanical class and its babus who will never allow the poor undercastes of the country to come up and who think that all that Indians need now is an ID card! regards
Of course, my friend’s reaction did not go uncontested. There were quite a few reactions from others. But two of them stood out. One said that my friend did not have any right to criticise since he himself belonged to the so-called “brahmanical class”. Another pointed out that how statistically, my friend’s so-called minority community dominated the education and job fronts in states such as Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
I really fail to understand why a certain section of Indians, irrespective of their gender, religion, education and profession, hate India, their own country, so much so that outsiders like the Pakistani gentleman, who just cannot tolerate the prospect of a rising, stable and prosperous India, quote them extensively in belittling India. But then, this section of Indians is the favourite of the media and academic establishments in the country. This section claims itself to be liberal and secular. But in reality, it is perhaps the most communal-minded section of India, which sees every national problem and issue through sectarian prism. This section does never talk in terms of “all” Indians; it is only obsessed with some particular community or group. It excels in accentuating country’s multilayered divisions, rather than trying to bridge them.
Let us come back to the point that the forwarded message made. It only highlighted the issue of a national problem, which, if unattended, will affect all Indians and communities, whether rich and poor. We may consider various options, including declaring the immigrants economic migrants without voting rights, and facilitating their return in a cooperative framework with Bangladesh, a framework in which India should help in developmental activities in Bangladesh so as to discourage its nationals migrating. The issue of illegal immigration is a secular issue and needs debates, but it is being badly communalised by the co-called secularists just because the majority of the illegal immigrants happen to be Muslims from Bangladesh.
It may be noted that the problem of illegal migration from Bangladesh has troubled India for some years now. On May 6, 1997, the then Union Home Minister Indrajit Gupta (a Communist) disclosed in Parliament that there were upwards of one crore (ten millions) illegal Bangladeshi infiltrators who have made India their home. On July 14, 2004, the then Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal stated in Parliament that out of 1,20,53,950 illegal Bangladeshi infiltrators all over India, 50,00,000 Bangladeshi were present in Assam alone as on December 31, 2001. West Bengal topped the list with 57,00,000 Bangladeshis.
It is estimated that by 2010 to 2015, out of 126 Assembly constituencies in Assam, about 54 would be dominated by Bangladeshi Muslim voters who would one day not only pose a serious threat to the socio-cultural identity and stability of the State, but may also be in a position to form their Government and have their own Chief Minister. The threat was clearly enunciated when on July 23, 2008, the Guwahati High Court stated in a judgment: “Bangladeshis have become kingmakers in Assam.” And the same is going to be the case in West Bengal in few years.
But then illegal Bangladeshis constitute a significant vote-bank for some political parties. Of course, if my friend from Kerala is right, everything will be alright as Bangladesh is going to be a “much better country” than India in one/two years. That will perhaps start a process of reverse-migration from India to Bangladesh. That is why I have replied to him:
Let your words come true and many will be happy if you become one of the very first from “this shit country” to cross over to Bangladesh and obtain its citizenship. But I personally, will be very unhappy since with your exit my “Brahminical class” will lose one its leading members.
By Prakash Nanda