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Land Transfer to Bangladesh, My prospective


The word Bangladesh or Bangladeshi have always been a very sensitive topic. The media and public in Assam go into hyper mode at the mere mention of these 2 words. So, it’s understandable that when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on 30th November, 2014 that Government of India is planning to go ahead with the land swap deal with Bangladesh, a huge hue and cry ensured in Assam.

Almost everyone accuse the Prime Minister and BJP of taking a U-turn on this issue.Now this accusation is not without reason. BJP, before general election 2014 made this land swap deal a big issue and attacked then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi on this issue.

So what happened now? Why BJP is changing it’s stand? To be honest I am not a BJP office bearer and hence I have no idea why this flip flop happened. I believe, before election the opposed it just because it was brought by UPA but now that they are in power they have realized that it was a wrong stand and this deal indeed will be beneficial to India. Hence this U turn and the eagerness to implement it.

But what exactly is the deal? How will this deal affect Assam and it’s people? More importantly, in view of the protests, do we have a better solution to this problem?

Let me dig into these issues one by one. First let us understand what exactly is this land swap deal with Bangladesh. As we all know, Bangladesh (East Pakistan then) was curved out of united India during partition in 1947. The enmity between the Hindus and the Muslims of that time was so ferocious that no one was willing to concede even an inch of their territory to the other party. The wars of 1965 and 1971 also altered the boundary and contributed to this problem,

It resulted in a peculiar situations. All over the world borders are meant to demarcate a land between 2 countries. It usually results in 1 country on one side of the border and the other country on the other side of the border, but not in case of India Bangladesh border. In bordering areas there are some Indian villages which are situated inside Bangladesh. These villages are called Indian enclaves. Although these are Indian territory, they are not physically contacted with India. They are almost like a island, only difference being instead of being surrounded by the sea they are surrounded by the land of a foreign country.  The following illustration will help you in understanding this issue.

Indo Bangla border

Illustration of the border problem

Now there are multiple problems with this arrangement.

  1. People living in these enclaves have to wait for the BSF to open the gates in the morning to go to India, there own country. Even if a medical emergency they can’t cross over to India (nor Bangladesh, as it’s foreign country).
  2. Government of India/Assam can’t implement most of it’s welfare schemes in these areas because of the difficulty in access.
  3. No access to Indian roads/railways or telecom network for these people.

Here is a picture of India Bangladesh border in the Cooch Behar sector. Those territory in green inside India, belongs to Bangladesh whereas those orange territory in Bangladesh is our land.

India Bangladesh border at Cooch Behar sector

India Bangladesh border at Cooch Behar sector

There are many more practical problems these people faces in a day to day basis.

The picture is not different for people of Bangladeshi enclaves on the Indian side of the border.

This land swap deal wants to exchange territory on both sides of the border. All territory on the Indian side will be Indian territory while everything on the Bangladesh’s side of the border would be Bangladesh’s territory.

I believe this could be a great solutions that will be in the interest of both the countries.

We will definitely have impact on Assam. Some of them are

  1.  It will lead to a more secure border, as BSF can now fence off the entire border without worrying about people living on the other side. BSF won’t have to maintain multiple gates to accommodate these people. So this mean a secured border which will minimize the entry of illegal migrants into Assam.
  2. Since border is sealed, we can also stop the smuggling of cows, food grains etc into Bangaldesh and smuggling of people and arms in India.
  3. With a clearly demarcated border people in these enclaves will finally have a dignified life.

So, now my question to those opposing this deal.

  1.  If this deal is not in the interest of Assam, then do you have a better solution to this problem?
  2. If you have what it is?

I know this is an emotional issue, but we also have to think practically. So, Let’s have a constructive discussion and let’s decide what’s good for our state.

Jai Aai Asom.


Congress Preparing for General Election


Election is coming and it’s coming very soon. At least that’s what UPA signals. It seems Congress is in a hurry to call for early election as they have realized that more they postpone the election, it’s going to give more time to Modi.

The first pointer to it comes from the hanging of Ajmal Kasab. He was languishing in the jail for years now and could have easily lived for few more decades before he dies of natural causes.  But that didn’t happen and it has nothing to do with the Govt. Kasab becomes the “Bali ka Bakra” in the great game of power played in India. The UPA wanted to prove that it’s tough on terror and hence the hanging. It’s a different matter that the actual perpetuator of 26/11, the ISI, LeT and the Pakistani Army generals are still at large and most probably planning another 26/11 at this very moment.

Has UPA done anything to stop that? No and God forbids, sooner or later, we will find it out, when they hit one of our cities again.

To top that they now hanged Afzal Guru. He was in jail for more than a decade now and UPA 1 and UPA 2 has been delaying this hanging for last 9 years on various pretexts. BJP and Narendra Modi in particular have been very vocal in demanding his hanging. They had raised this issue in various elections to expose Congress’s softness towards Jehadi terrorism.

So, to deny Modi a stick to beat it with, UPA hanged Afzal Guru, 8 years after the court pronounced him guilty. This decision has nothing to do with justice or good governance. It’s just the Modi phobia that is forcing the UPA to hang Afzal Guru.

I expect the UPA, as a next logical step to dig out more dirt on Modi. It could be some kind of corruption charges, sex scandal or may be something else all together.  It will be very difficult to accuse Modi or corruption. They have tried it directly and indirectly through AAP. It didn’t work.

There were reports of Congress hiring people to fabricate porn CD to create a sex scandal for Modi, but that plan leaked and hence dropped. So I am expecting Congress to come up with something new.

As a alternative strategy to divert public attention from UPA’s dismal performance, the UPA might also plan a Kargil type, limited war, so that the entire country stand behind UPA in its effort to drive out Pakistanis from our side. You can go through this report here for details.

When Pakistan is in control of this post for last 14 years, why suddenly this report in leaked to Congress friendly publication? It could very well be a tactic to built public pressure on the UPA for a limited war with Pakistan just before the election. This is blunt out Modi’s nationalistic vision by Indian victory over Pakistan under UPA.

It gives me a feeling (As articulated by Vijay (@centerofright)in twitter)the UPA is trying to play both the ways for 2014. On one hand it’s trying to appease Muslims by blaming BJP/RSS for spreading terror and on the other hand it’s trying to appease the majority by hanging Afzal Guru and Kasab.

In both ways we are heading into a interesting election, where Congress will try to be more pro-muslim than MIM or AIUDF and more pro-Hindu than BJP/RSS itself.

Time only will tell if they will success.

Gujarat election


I am always fascinated by Mr. Narendra Modi’s personality.

Here is a man who is fighting his political opponents, hostile media coverage, bunch of so-called social activist, numerous court cases and if media is to believe senior BJP leaders too.

So I wonder, how does he keeps on delivering continuously for 10 years despite so many obstacles? Few things came to my mind.

First and foremost, he knows who and what matters. He knows the simple fact that he is in office because of the Gujarati voters. So, what Gujarati voters think about him matters, not what people like Barkha Dutt or Teesta Setalvad think. So he delivered on his promises to his voters, so that Congress don’t get any issue in election. This strategy worked brilliantly. Its brilliance can be measured with the fact that Congress accepted it’s defeat even before the poll dates were announced by EC.

I recently read a management funda, which basically says that to be successful you should try to work on your strength than trying to improve your weak areas. Modi seems to understand this fact perfectly.

His development record, clean image are his strengths while 2002 riots continues to be his weak point. So he focused his entire energy in selling  “vibrant Gujarat” to his voters and his voters were willing to buy it. Because it’s something they can see, they can feel.Thus there was record turn around in favor of Modi in this election.

Although someone suggested that BJP should give some tickets to Muslims, sot that Modi can appear to be the messiah of secularism, but Modi did the right thing by rejecting it and giving tickets to only those candidates that are likely to win from a particular constituency.

Modi always opposed the idea that only Muslim can work for the betterment of Muslims. The same is true for any community. A true leader will work for the all communities of his state/nation. Why should someone be from your caste only to work for you?

For me, this is true secularism against the so called secularism pioneered by Congress and practiced  by almost all the political parties in India today. A party like MIM is a secular party, a leader like Mamta Banerjee, who wanted to build a hospital only for Muslims is secular, parties like AIUDF are secular even if they openly support Bangladeshi infiltration in India, but Modi is communal, because there was a riot in 2002 under his reign, although his involvement is never proved in any court of law.

His 3rd strength is his believe in himself. This believe is the secret which keeps him all charged up even in the face of all these obstacles. At this moment, he is the most discussed, observed and undoubtedly criticized political leader in India. His every moved is analysed in details and the media houses hostile to him try their best to give it a negative spin. That’s the reason, you will see a “Blow to Modi” news almost everyday in some of the news channels.

But despite all this his believe in himself and his goals keep him going. The biggest trail of a leader is his appetite to face challenges. Take up all the blows given my media in his stride and then move on.

He is doing just that.

Thank You Rahul Gandhi


Like most of the people of my age, I was never interested in politics. Coild not care less about whether Modi wins in Gujarat or not.

But thanks to Rahul Gandhi, now I look forward to the political rallies, specially those addressed by Rahul Gandhi himself.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not a Congress supporter by any stretch of imagination. On the contrary, being an Assamese, I can never forgive Congress for what they have done to my state and my community.

But, my interest in Rahul Gandhi is for a completely different reason. This guy is funny. Don’t believe me, listen to any of his lectures, and then follow its reactions in Twitter. Nothing can be funnier than this.

Rahul Gandhi, projected by Congress, as the solutions to all the problems India is facing today, could not even analyze some basic data before speaking on them. Some examples would be his now famous, “70% of Punjabi youths are drug addicts” comment in Punjab recently. The actual study mentioned that 70% of the drug addicts in Punjab are youths. How can a leader, who aspire to be PM of this country can’t even differentiate between these 2 piece of data? Even a 5th grader would tell you the difference between these data.

Coming to the peoples reaction of his speech in Twitter, trust me, that is the funniest thing happening in India right now. On top of that, Rahul’s defense by people like Sanjay Jha nd GSurya make it even more interesting. But this is a totally different topic and will be covered in another blog post.