India, with its 28 states and 8 union territories, is home to a whopping 1.380 billion people belonging to different religions, linguistic backgrounds, castes, and creeds and are united by a sense of belonging to and love for the nation. Albeit living in the same country, it is quite possible that not every fellow ‘Indian’ you come across is a bona fide citizen of your country! The constant infiltration of illegal migrants from the neighboring countries and its dire consequences is something which is still not able to draw the attention of the mainstream media and the common citizens of the nation. It is a blatant issue and yet not talked about at a large scale.
At this very moment, there are innumerable illegal Bangladeshi and Pakistani migrants residing all across India from Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Jammu, Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam, Mizoram, and Tripura to Telangana and Kerala. The migrants infiltrate into India through the border states of West Bengal and Assam and then make inroads to the mainland of the country.
As of now, more than 1,00,000 illegal Chin migrants originally belonging to Myanmar reside in Mizoram and Delhi. Mizoram is also home to the Chakma Buddhist migrants. The nation also witnesses a regular influx of illegal Pakistani and Bangladeshi Rohingya citizens. The state of West Bengal is home to majority of the Bangladeshi Rohingyas and places like Nandigram are their hubs of settlement. This migration is blatantly supported by the Chief Minister of Bengal, Mamata Banerjee alias Didi, who browbeats the people of Bengal if they raise slogans like ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and feels insulted by them but whose heart bleeds for these illegal immigrants. During her political career as the Chief Minister of the state, she has been heard making statements like, “The development of Bengal would directly affect the development of Bangladesh.” Her politics of appeasement continues as she stands at the verge of completing ten years of her tenure as the Chief Minister of Bengal. She is one of the major reasons behind the illegal movement and settlement of the Rohingyas in the state.
The illegal migrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh pose a lot of imminent threats to India as a whole. Out of these Bangladeshi immigrants, many are smugglers dealing in drugs and weapons. Along with this, many Bangladeshi females are trafficked into India as well. Most of these infiltrators from the two neighbouring countries are Muslims with false Hindu identities and if enquired, claim to be from West Bengal. These people not only smuggle and peddle narcotics and are significant members of the drug cartel, but are also associated to numerous terror organizations like the LeT and HuJI. The notoriety of such terrorists came to the fore with the revelation of members of HuJI being important players of the Ajmer Dargah blasts of 2008.
As can be fathomed, these migrants not only pose a set of simpler problems like the creation of enormous economic pressures on the bona fide citizens of India and their extensive use of Indian resources which rightfully belong to our countrymen. They pose other more major issues like altering the demographic structure of Indian states. The residents of Jammu have raised their apprehensions time and again about the Bangladeshi migrants settled in the Union Territory and openly talk about their fears of facing another exodus similar to that of the Kashmiri Hindus in 1990. The militant nature and collusion of the Bangladeshi Rohingyas with organizations of the same kind pose graver issues of internal security. On top of everything is their involvement in terror activities which creates constant and imminent threats to the country and its innocent citizens. Many migrants work as daily wage labourers in states like Telangana and live off many legitimate Indians’ right to earn a decent living.
The problem is undoubtedly grave with graver consequences which are already being faced by the nation on the whole with India having the largest number of refugees in the world!
Back in December 2019, the central government had come up with the NRC or the National Register of Citizens Act to deal with the constant flow of mala fide migrants with the objective of identifying and deporting all such people who prove to be a burden on the Indian society and economy. But as it seems to have become a norm, the implementation of the CAA and NRC bills were also opposed vehemently by a bunch of politically motivated parties and separatists with ulterior motives, which paved way for the disastrous and infamous Delhi riots. These riots too, had in connivance with political parties, individuals associated with terrorist organizations like the SDPI and PFI. The brutal murder of the twenty three year old IB officer, Ankit Sharma was a typical ISIS style killing!
Albeit the conspiracies of the perpetrators failed miserably, the government has still not been able to implement the acts mainly because of the impediments posed due to the spread of COVID-19 all across the country.
Once these acts gain full functionality, India would witness the much needed cleansing for a better future and fast paced development and would be able to crush a lot of security threats but this surely has a long time to go. Until then, it’s the duty of the governments of the Border States to prevent the flow of other nationals into our country and it’s high time the political leaders stop joining hands with these migrants for the sake of their vested interests. India cannot be cowed down by netas who have the audacity to put the nation at stake that is the least we can do for our motherland.