B”desh migrants pose threat
“Nobody can verify the trend of Bangladeshi migrants in India but our estimation is no less than 2 to 6 crore of them in India,” former Border Security Force (BSF) additional director general PK Mishra said at the launch of his book “Bangladeshi Migrants – A threat to India” in New Delhi on May 13.
He said that hundreds of hundreds Bangladeshi migrants enter through Sunderban, Maldah, Silchur and many of them have settled between Purnia and Islampur (Bihar), which are very close to the Nepal border. In Pari Pura in Srinagar, there is a Bangladeshi migrant village.
No government has ever tried to identify the strength of Bangladeshi migrants. And now it is emerging as a big threat to the country. Mishra claimed that about 25 percent of the Public Distributing System (PDS) items go to the Bangladeshi migrants. And basic things like, land, education, jobs, health care facilities are also being snatched by migrants from our own children. He said, farmers in India are not able to purchase cattle to plough their land due to increase in cattle price; but still lakhs and lakhs of cattle are being smuggled to Bangladesh.
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A recent report revealed that, around 15 Bangladeshi comes to India daily with proper valid document and about one-fourth never return. It’s time we open our eyes and find some political solution to this sproblem,’ said former BSF additional director general. And revealed that ‘Bangladeshi migrants from Kashmxir to Goa poses maximum threat to India’s security and that the extent of the threat can be measured from the land acquisitions that are happening in Assam’s Guwahati and Kokrajhar for the past 20 years.’ India-Bangladesh border is considered to be the most complex land border anywhere in the world and, “My book is just an effort to depict the real problems faced at India-Bangladesh border,” said Mishra while addressing the audience. “Bangladeshi migrants are the largest chunk of illegal migrants from one country to another in the whole world and we hope the new government will take strong measures to solve this problem, “said Prakash Singh, Former DGxx, Border Security Force who was present at the book launch.
People who call their own history a ‘Dark Age’
Roma Gypsies have been treated as criminals in Europe. Being blamed for decades for everything wrong that happens in Europe, Roma hesitate in revealing their identity to escape discrimination and harassment.
In a symposium, “The Human Rights of Romanies: Indian Diaspora, European Citizen” (The Tragic History of Lost Children of India) organised by Human Rights Defense International (HRDI) in New Delhi on May 3, a 17minute long documentary called ‘Purano Manus’ made by Suresh Pillai, an Inter disciplinary cultural practitioner was shown to depict the journey of Roma Gypsies from India to Europe.
Pillai told the audience that through their DNA mapping, body structure, food habits and the language they speak, it has been proved that Roma are originally from India.
Sharing his experience, he said that, living as a distinct ethnic minority and, as, a separate social group distinguished from mainstream society, Romas’ have been suffering human rights violations. And have been continuously suffering from poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, lack of formal education and many other problems.
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“They are suffering from identity crisis, housing discrimination, employment discrimination and much more. They are ‘last to be hired and first to be fired’ at work place. Discrimination is to such an extent that there are two types of schools in Europe: one for poor Roma gypsies and the other for the locals”, said Dr Nidhi Trehan, Political sociologist and Roma rights activist.
Shyam Parandey, General Secretary, Indian Council of International Corporation said that, “Living in 20-22 countries all over the world, it’s time to think seriously about them.” Rajesh Gogna, Secretary General, HRDI said that, “We will share the problems faced by Roma community with the government and will appeal for corrective measures.”
—Nishant Kumar Azad