<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to ease the procurement of Indian tourist visas for Bangladeshis, India will now allow those with confirmed travel tickets to submit their visa applications directly without prior appointments.”As part of ongoing efforts to streamline, liberalise and ease the process of securing Indian visas, the High Commission of India will allow all Bangladesh travellers with confirmed air, train or bus tickets to submit their tourist visa applications without e-token or prior appointment dates from January 1, 2017,” the Indian High Commission in Dhaka said in a press release on Wednesday.”The date of journey should be after 7 days but within one month of submission of the visa application form,” it said.The Indian Visa Application Centre in Mirpur will receive walk-in tourist visa applications from confirmed travellers and senior citizens from January 1.Those who already have appointment dates can continue to submit their tourist visa applications in centres at Gulshan, Uttara, Motijheel, Mymensingh, Barisal, Khulna, Jessore, Rangpur, Rajshahi, Chittagong and Sylhet.The mission also said that its pilot project started in October for allowing walk-in visa application facility for women travellers and their immediate family members has been “very successful”.The Mirpur visa application centre will start taking those walk-in applications from January 1 instead of the centre in Uttara, it said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti leader Akhil Gogoi alleged the Centre’s move to grant citizenship to Bangladeshi Hindu immigrants was a “big conspiracy” and vowed to thwart it on Monday.”I urge all the workers, farmers and common people of Assam from today itself to protect the identity of the state. You will see that in the next three months, we will thwart any attempt to grant citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshis,” Gogoi told reporters just after coming out of Golaghat jail here.Assam is in a “crisis” and there is a “big conspiracy” behind granting citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshi immigrants, the RTI activist and KMSS president alleged.”The BJP government is trying to amend the Assam Accord by amending the Citizenship Act. KMSS will raise a united fight against this move,” Gogoi said.He also declared a fight against “privatisation” of oil fields in Assam through auctions and vowed bring about a logical conclusion to the ongoing investigation on the corruption in Assam Public Service Commission. The Gauhati High Court had granted Gogoi bail on December 16, paving the way for his immediate release.On October 2, he was arrested from the middle of a press conference for allegedly instigating people during eviction near Kaziranga National Park, leading to death of two protesters. Gogoi was first lodged in Nagaon jail for the case, but subsequently he was arrested in connection with various old cases, some as many as 10 years old, registered across the state.He charged Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma of “hatching the conspiracy” of putting him behind bars, mainly to keep him away from the by-polls in Lakhimpur Lok Sabha seat and Baithalangso Assembly constituency, besides the recently held Autonomous Council polls.”I also urge Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to not bow in front of Delhi and Nagpur. He should be the real ‘state leader’ and work for the people of Assam,” Gogoi said.Talking about the demonetisation measure by the Centre, the peasant leader said it has affected the farmers severely and they are in “deep crisis”.
India’s scrapping of large rupee notes has affected its neighbours in myriad ways.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two Bangladeshi nationals were on Monday arrested by GRP officials from a train at Barauni railway junction in Bihar’s Begusarai district.During routine checking, the Government Railway Police (GRP) men found two Bangladeshi men in a coach of Sampark Kranti Express and arrested them for their suspicious behaviour, GRP Inspector Alok Pratap Singh said.They were identified as Md Mustafa Kamal (23) and Md Salim (24). They told the interrogators that they were residents of a refugee camp in Myanmar before shifting to a refugee camp in Bangladesh last year, he said.Singh said the two Bangladeshis had crossed the international border to reach Agartala recently and boarded a train to Jammu and Kashmir on “someone’s direction”, the inspector said.The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) from Patna was on its way to Barauni to question the two Bangladeshi nationals, Singh said.
Union Minister and Assam’s likely chief minister designate Sarbananda Sonowal has said that when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition assumes administrative charge in the state next week, it will take the decision to seal the border with Bangladesh to prevent infiltration of illegal immigrants.In an interview given to Jagdeesh Chandra, Head, ETV News, ahead of his swearing-in as Assam’s next chief minister in the coming week, Sonowal, participating in the popular JC Show, said, “The BJP-led government will seal Assam’s borders with Bangladesh, as we are concerned about ongoing erosion of Assamese traditions, culture and way of life. Inspite of India having a border agreement with Bangladesh, we keep receiving reports of illegal entries from that country. We see it as a major problem, and it will be my government’s endeavour to find a short as well as a long-term solution to it. I am confident we can achieve this goal.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In Assam, the agitation against immigrants started as early as 1979. Led by All Assam Students Union (AASU), the movement called for putting a stop on the influx of immigrants and deportation of those who have already settled. It gradually took violent form and ethnic violence started between Assamese and Bengalis, mostly Muslim. It eventually led to the infamous Nellie massacre in 1983 due to a controversy over the 1983 election. In 1985, the Indian Government signed the Assam accord with the leaders of the agitation to stop the issue.
ALSO READ Massive preparations underway ahead of Sonowal’s oath ceremony in AssamAs per the accord, India started building a fence along the Assam-Bangladesh border which is now almost complete. However, Assam also has a large number of genuine Indian Muslim Bengalis, and at times, it is difficult to distinguish between illegal Bangladeshis and local Bengali speakers.Allegations of discrimination being practised by nationalist parties have been doing the rounds. There are also reports of Bangladeshis being able to secure Indian rations and voter identity cards. With demographic patterns undergoing a change after 1991, the problem of illegal entries from Bangladesh became more acute, creating both anxiety and tension in India throughout the nineties.
ALSO READ Assam CM designate Sarbananda Sonowal meets PM Modi The first BJP-led NDA government at the Centre (1998-2004) subsequently ordered the fencing of the Indo-Bangladesh barrier to stop migrants and illegal trade along the border. It was then planned to expand the existing border barricades to include Assam, West Bengal, Tripura and Mizoram. It is estimated that on an average around 91000 Bangladeshis illegal crossed over to India every year between 1981 and 1991. The immigrant population in the state is said to range anywhere between two and twenty million.
India faced Pakistan in Asia Cup T20 on Saturday and thanks to Virat Kohli’s stellar knock, won by 5 wickets. The match was played at the Sher- E- Bangla stadium in Mirpur, Bangladesh and there was almost equal support for both teams. One person who was angered by this, seemed to be controversial author Taslima Nasreen, compared Bangladeshis supporting Pakistan against India to a ‘rape victim supporting her racist’. She wrote on Twitter: “Supporting Pakistan or India? Bangladesh supporting Pakistan is like a rape victim supporting her rapist.I am curious to know what Bangladeshi people are doing. “<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a FB post, the author who left her motherland long time back owing to threats from religious fundamentalists asked whether people cheering for Pakistan were appreciating Pakistan’s cricketing prowess or supporting the team because it was Pakistan. For those who are supporting Pakistan for ‘non- sporting’ reasons, Taslima asked why they are not supporting the country that helped Bangladesh get independence in 1971. Taslima goes on to say that she doesn’t intend to mix politics with sports but asks if the wounds of the brutal 1971 war had healed yet. She says that in the 1971 war, thirty lakh people were killed, two lakh girls were raped. ‘Lajja’ author says that while Pakistani common men or cricketers are not guilty, but are those people apologetic about the misdeed of their armed forces? In the FB post, author who got asylum in India asks how can average Bangladeshis support Pakistan or says Pakistan Zindabad in such a nonchalant way without getting bothered. She signs off by saying such victory celebrations feel like a raped women cheering for her rapist. The Facebook post has already created massive stir and has been garnered 8.3k likes and 1746 shares so far. Here’s the entire Facebook post in Bengali: ভালো খেলার জন্য হাততালি দাও ঠিক আছে। আমি তো ভালো খেললে, সে যে দলই খেলুক, সাপোর্ট করি। বাংলাদেশের স্টেডিয়ামে এখন যে ভার…
Taslima Nasreen on Saturday, February 27, 2016