Identify & Deport Illegal Infiltrators
The publication of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) was made public last fortnight in Assam. The NRC has excluded names of 19,06,657 people. The idea behind creating the NRC was to protect the indigenous Assamese people and detect illegal
infiltrators living in Assam. But, according to reports, thousands of names of indigenous Assamese people have been excluded from the NRC. Yes, there is a list of ‘full proof citizens’ now. Yes, all the available data with the public are now in computers for any future legal scrutiny. Yes, no fresh infiltrator will be able to claim citizenship now. But what about those genuine citizens who have been left out? How does one justify a claim that one must possess irrefutable data to prove one’s citizenship, while the Assam government itself failed to maintain all records of 1951 NRC? The Centre claiming it as ‘transparent’ process seems far from the truth as many documents available with the Hindu refugees and genuine citizens have reportedly been rejected by the authorities to keep them off the list. What is more, the ‘secular brigade’ in the country is claiming that Hindus fleeing from persecution in Bangladesh
and crossing over after 25 March 1971 must be denied citizenship and made to suffer. It does not even once accept that Hindus have always been subjected to persecution and violence in Bangladesh and are undoubtedly the most vulnerable community in that nation. Where else can a Bengali Hindu seek refuge, if not in India? Which nation is s/he supposed to go to seek protection/shelter? This ‘secular brigade’ maintains a studied silence over the increasing number of illegal infiltrators. Everyone knows there are lakhs and lakhs of such people spread all over the country, even in interiors like Tamil Nadu, leave alone the states along the international border, but politics prevents from identifying and taking action even when the order comes from the Apex Court. The fact is, these illegal immigrants
get their ration and Aadhaar cards faster than legal permanent residents. But no one wants to bell the cat for vote bank politics. Illegality thrives and we have ‘more concerned citizens’ taking up cudgels for the illegal immigrants than for permanent citizens.
Furthermore, it is apt to mention that the ‘secular brigade’ has been arguing that when people have been allowed (or they have managed) to be in India for so long, when they have built their lives and become part of local economies and communities, they cannot and must not be rendered state-less on the basis of a list. What a fantastic sermon. They had surreptitiously sneaked into our country with the connivance of political leaders and eating away our resources and causing catastrophic changes in demography and creating Kashmir-like situation in Assam and the north-east, instead of taking a stern action, this brigade has the audacity to give this kind of sermon. The stark reality is that the police could not identify perpetrators of many violent crimes of jihadis and the judiciary could not punish them adequately. This is the bitter reality of massive illegal immigration from Bangladesh into the north-eastern states and West Bengal–one that has completely altered the demography of the entire region. The staggering differences between the 1971 census data and 1991 census data of Assam points out the stark demographic changes, which have taken place. Yet, the ‘secular brigade’ acts like an ostrich with its head buried in the sand. It refuses to acknowledge the bitter truth of massive illegal immigration from Bangladesh. It refuses to acknowledge the severe pressure on the society, economy and ecology of the states bordering Bangladesh as a result of such illegal immigration. Instead, it shamelessly bats for the illegal immigrants and their right to squat on any piece of Indian territory they fancy, but bay for Hindu refugees’ blood. In this perspective, the solution to illegal immigration needs to be found and that too, soon.
By Deepak Kumar Rath