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Saturday, August 13, 2005

It’s a sinister game to balkanise North-east

By Jayant

When India was partitioned in 1947 on religious grounds and Muslims got West Pakistan and East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), they had a vulture’s eye on the whole of the North-east. Manul Haq Chowdhury, Jinnah's private secretary who remained in Assam and later became a minister in the Assam Assembly, wrote to Jinnah in 1947, "Quad-e-Azam, wait for another 30 years, I shall present Assam to Pakistan in a platter." Since then, a sinister game plan of 'grow more Muslims in the Northeast' has been going on. Today, out of a total 24 districts in Assam, six districts, namely, Nagaon, Goalpara, Dhubri, Karimganj, Barpeta and Hailkanndi have 60 per cent Muslims population while another six, namely, Bongaigaon, Kokarajhar, Kumrup, Nalbari, Darang and Cachar districts have above 40 per cent Muslims. Out of the 126 Assembly seats, the election of 54 MLAs depends on the Muslim vote-bank. There are 28 Muslim MLAs and four ministers.

The Muslim community including Indian Muslims and Bangladeshi Muslims has become a dominant force in Assam and it is they who decide who should become the Chief Minister of Assam and what could be the major policies of Assam pertaining to detection and deportation of illegal Muslim migrants and Muslim welfare.

Tarun Gogoi, the Chief Minister of Assam, is giving full protection to these Muslims due to political compulsions. Assamese community has been overpowered by Muslims. The Bangladeshi Muslims are sneaking into upper Assam too. This has given rise to serious problems. The demography of Assam is drastically changed and the very existence of the indigenous people is threatened. The manifold growth in Muslim population has overburdened Assam. The livelihoods of local people are being snatched away by these illegal Muslims. The tribal communities in Assam are not organised, therefore, their land and forests are very often forcefully occupied by these Muslims. The Nelli massacre in 1983 was the worst clash between indigenous people and Bangladeshi Muslims in which several Lalung tribal people were reportedly killed and many Lalung villages were burnt.

Tarun Gogoi, the Chief Minister of Assam, is giving full protection to these Muslims due to political compulsions.

The Bangladeshis have illegally sneaked into Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalya, Arunachal and Tripura too. They marry local girls belonging to influential families and and thus get protection. After marriage with a tribal girl they convert the girl into Islam. They purchase land in tribal belts in the name of their tribal wives by producing tribal certificates. Now, the new generation of Muslim, i.e. tribal Muslims, is growing. They give Muslim names to their children but the clan remains that of their wives. For example, Saidullah Ningrum, Azad Lingdoh (Khasi Muslims), Nizamuddin Semia (Naga Muslims), Sahabuddin Chowdhury, Akbar Laskar (Assamese Muslims), etc. In Assam, Muslims are using the Assamese titles like Hazarika, Barbhuian, Bargohain, Bhuiyan Bora, Gohain etc. There are Meiti Muslims too in Manipur.

In Nagaland, Muslim menace is more pronounced. Dimapur has become the den of these Bangladeshi Muslims. They form labour force in the agriculture sector owned by the Naga community. The majority of rickshaw pullers, auto drivers and other manual labourers are now Bangladeshi Muslims. This has given rise to robbery, theft, illegal trafficking of narcotic drugs and liquor, smuggling of porn films and vulgar literature and unprecedented rise in crime, flesh trade and prostitution. This influx has narrowed the jobs prospects for the locals too.

Kohima has become the second biggest harbour of migrant Muslims who have occupied most of the shops in main market, P.R. Hills and other localities. They marry Angami girls and become part of the family.

Similarly, other districts like Mokokchung, Wokha, Zunheboto, Phek, Mon and Tuensang are being invaded by them. They are sneaking into the interiors like Jalukie in Zeliang area, Naginimora, Tizit and other central places of Nagaland. Some 10 years before, student bodies had agitated against these foreigner Muslims. But the agitation was silently withdrawn reportedly, due to threats from the Bangladeshi government that all camps of the Nagas established in the territory would be destroyed if Bangladeshi Muslims were harassed in Nagaland.

Naga society should draw a lesson from Assam where these Muslims from Bangladesh are dictating terms and controlling the politics of Assam. The entire northeastern region faces the problem of geometric increase in the population of the migrants. For this tragic situation, failure of the government machinery to apply the law strictly is the main reason.

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At 4/17/2008 09:48:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about you write your next blog on Nepali Hindus who have illegally occupied and killed innocent muslims in Bihar and UP.

 

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