Bangladesh on Saturday said that it has received a formal assurance from India Prime Minister Narendra Modi that people excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam would not be deported to Bangladesh.
In an interaction with the global media delegation in Dhaka, Hossain Toufique Imam, political adviser to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said: “Prime Minister Modi has personally assured our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that those not on the NRC list of Assam would not be sent back to Bangladesh in the near future.”
He further said that NRC was India’s internal matter. “During 1947 large number of people including high profile leaders had migrated to India. It is not possible to displace them now” Said, Imam.
The government has expedited the NRC process in Assam. India seems to be closely following US’s stance on illegal immigration; the fear of radicalization by Muslims is not too far behind. And both the countries- the US and India have voiced their concerns.
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Nevertheless, India doesn’t have a major immigration problem or a crisis per se. The country has friendly relations with its neighboring countries Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Burma, China and Bangladesh and they are of all religions.
The international media is closely watching and highlighting it as common people at the brunt of conflicting ideologies and animated politics. According to a report in the Huffington Post “, this time Assam’s residents must prove they or their ancestors were already living in the state on 24 March 1971- a day before Bangladesh declared independence from Pakistan.”
The question that everyone is asking is what will the government do with 40 lakh people whose names are missing from NRC? Will the NRC be the world’s next humanitarian disaster?