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Amit Shah knows his lies work. Do we know how to counter them?

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Masum Billah
16 April, 2021, 12:00 pm
Last modified: 16 April, 2021, 12:06 pm

In the not-so-distant past, BJP’s Amit Shah termed ‘Bangladeshi immigrants’ as termites. The Indian home minister now has notched up his conviction about Bangladesh to a new degree. In a recent interview, he said, Bangladeshis are so poor that they are pouring in India, a country that ranks 94 among 107 nations in Global Hunger Index

Amit Shah. Photo: Collected
Amit Shah. Photo: Collected

Amit Shah. Photo: Collected

Indian Union Home Minister Amit Shah's anti-Bangladesh remarks are one of his unique selling points to the country's Hindutva politics. He has mastered his rhetoric carefully over the years, and uses them effectively before any major elections in India.

The anti-Bangladesh hate-mongering rhetoric from the BJP and its messiah Amit Shah during the West Bengal elections are thus painful, but not surprising at all.

No matter how little he knows about Bangladesh, he is efficient in making up stories, even provides expert interviews based on inadequate understandings, and often, based on blatant lies.

In one such interview with Anandabazar Patrika last week, Amit Shah gave a new theory that poor people in Bangladesh are not even getting food and so they are infiltrating into India.

Ruling a country, India, that ranks 94 among 107 countries in Global Hunger Index 2020, Amit Shah accused Bangladesh, a country that ranks 75 in the same index, of poverty and infiltrating into his even poorer country. Why? Amit explained, "When development begins in any 'backward country', the richer people get the benefits first, not the poor ones." And hence, poor Bangladeshis are pouring in India.

As per another of his latest remark, if the BJP wins the elections in the West Bengal, "leave alone illegal immigrants, not even a bird from across the border will be allowed to enter the state." This bird issue might remind you of his erstwhile obnoxious portrayal of 'Bengal immigrants' in India as termites and that he would throw them into the Bay of Bengal.

Many in Bangladesh perhaps wonder if the Indian home minister has any clue about the Global MPI 2018 Report that said India still had around 364 million poor people, largest for any country; and why people would flock from Bangladesh to his poverty-stricken country when Dhaka's poverty rate dropped as low as 10.5% in the recent years.

How would a union home minister not know this? And if aware of the realities, why would he stick to the lies? Yes, a shrewd politician like Amit Shah would know the data and still stick to his blatant lies because his lies win elections, increase his popularity among the Hindutva crowds.

Often ignored in Dhaka, Shah's latest interview, however, created quite a buzz in Dhaka. In a sharp response to his allegation about poverty in Bangladesh, the country's Foreign Minister said, "There are many wise people in the world who do not see even after looking, and do not understand, even after knowing," FM Momen told the press, adding "But if he [Shah] has said something like that, I would say his knowledge about Bangladesh is 'very limited'. No one dies of hunger in our country now."

We asked Shahab Enam Khan, a professor of International Relations, about Amit Shah's new rhetoric and Bangladesh FM's response.

"I think our foreign minister is spot on," said the professor, adding that, "These types of narratives are not new. Indian political parties selectively use Bangladesh in line with domestic appeal for communal and imaginary enemies. This is perhaps to divert attention from governance failure, not surprisingly different from third world country rhetoric."

The deliberate decision of the BJP to continue spreading misinformation and lies makes sense if Shah's remark to the BJP social media volunteer is taken into consideration. "We can keep making messages go viral, whether they are real or fake, sweet or sour," The Wire quoted the BJP messiah in 2018—a clear invitation from the then president to let fake messages to viral.

As the professor says about diverting people's attention from governance failures to imaginary enemies, he correctly indicates to the BJP's unstoppable rise in the Indian politics despite the country's economy going in drain, an abysmal Covid-19 scenario where thousands of people are losing lives thanks to the wretched Covid management of the BJP regime.

Nothing matters as long as the lies work. So, why wouldn't Amit Shah tell more lies? No matter what is the election outcome in the West Bengal, the Goebbelsian narratives of Amit Shah and the BJP have no apparent possibilities to stop.

And the sad part is, "Bangladesh in general lacks a political narrative to counter those too," said professor Khan, and consequently "there is a sharp rise of anti-Indian sentiment beyond political apprehension."

"The choice lies clearly with Bangladesh's political community - to let this rhetoric loom large or to make a meaningful pitch so that the bilateral relations can thrive even-handedly."

 

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The mass brainwashing of Indians by Godi media has turned into a extremely delusional state, they believe everything and anything their Govt and Godi media tells them. The situation in India is very dangerous to say the least.
 

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It will only get far more vitriolic in the upcoming days, months, and years.
This is how BJP wins election and been winning since 1986.
It is sad but true.
 

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Everyone in BD knows about this gau mootra and his antics. Indian clown media & politicians is not new thing for us we see the clown antics they play with Pak
 

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The mass brainwashing of Indians by Godi media has turned into a extremely delusional state, they believe everything and anything their Govt and Godi media tells them. The situation in India is very dangerous to say the least.
It is dangerous for them ...

A good thing for us
 

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What we need to do is show the demographic statistics.

Fertility rates for India and Bangladesh are 2.22 and 2.04 births per woman while the population growth rate in the two countries is same, 1.0%. That's a discrepancy since India, with a higher fertility rate, should have a higher population growth rate than Bangladesh. If we take the illegal immigration theory into account, the population rate should be even higher.

That only means Indian women are bearing some 'extra children' that go 'undocumented'. Are there mass infanticides going on in India?
 

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Some cultures people are more in to migrating for work where working class locals are lazy. Bengalis are one such people. In Pakistan too you will find punjabi and pathan migrating and doing all sort of jobs. Even in interior sindh and balochistan, poorest provinces import punjabi and pathan labour. Because sindhis and baloch working class people will not work. Punjabis and pashtuns are responsible for 96% of foreign remittances .
 

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Amit Shah knows his lies work. Do we know how to counter them?

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Masum Billah
16 April, 2021, 12:00 pm
Last modified: 16 April, 2021, 12:06 pm

In the not-so-distant past, BJP’s Amit Shah termed ‘Bangladeshi immigrants’ as termites. The Indian home minister now has notched up his conviction about Bangladesh to a new degree. In a recent interview, he said, Bangladeshis are so poor that they are pouring in India, a country that ranks 94 among 107 nations in Global Hunger Index

Amit Shah. Photo: Collected
Amit Shah. Photo: Collected

Amit Shah. Photo: Collected

Indian Union Home Minister Amit Shah's anti-Bangladesh remarks are one of his unique selling points to the country's Hindutva politics. He has mastered his rhetoric carefully over the years, and uses them effectively before any major elections in India.

The anti-Bangladesh hate-mongering rhetoric from the BJP and its messiah Amit Shah during the West Bengal elections are thus painful, but not surprising at all.

No matter how little he knows about Bangladesh, he is efficient in making up stories, even provides expert interviews based on inadequate understandings, and often, based on blatant lies.

In one such interview with Anandabazar Patrika last week, Amit Shah gave a new theory that poor people in Bangladesh are not even getting food and so they are infiltrating into India.

Ruling a country, India, that ranks 94 among 107 countries in Global Hunger Index 2020, Amit Shah accused Bangladesh, a country that ranks 75 in the same index, of poverty and infiltrating into his even poorer country. Why? Amit explained, "When development begins in any 'backward country', the richer people get the benefits first, not the poor ones." And hence, poor Bangladeshis are pouring in India.

As per another of his latest remark, if the BJP wins the elections in the West Bengal, "leave alone illegal immigrants, not even a bird from across the border will be allowed to enter the state." This bird issue might remind you of his erstwhile obnoxious portrayal of 'Bengal immigrants' in India as termites and that he would throw them into the Bay of Bengal.

Many in Bangladesh perhaps wonder if the Indian home minister has any clue about the Global MPI 2018 Report that said India still had around 364 million poor people, largest for any country; and why people would flock from Bangladesh to his poverty-stricken country when Dhaka's poverty rate dropped as low as 10.5% in the recent years.

How would a union home minister not know this? And if aware of the realities, why would he stick to the lies? Yes, a shrewd politician like Amit Shah would know the data and still stick to his blatant lies because his lies win elections, increase his popularity among the Hindutva crowds.

Often ignored in Dhaka, Shah's latest interview, however, created quite a buzz in Dhaka. In a sharp response to his allegation about poverty in Bangladesh, the country's Foreign Minister said, "There are many wise people in the world who do not see even after looking, and do not understand, even after knowing," FM Momen told the press, adding "But if he [Shah] has said something like that, I would say his knowledge about Bangladesh is 'very limited'. No one dies of hunger in our country now."

We asked Shahab Enam Khan, a professor of International Relations, about Amit Shah's new rhetoric and Bangladesh FM's response.

"I think our foreign minister is spot on," said the professor, adding that, "These types of narratives are not new. Indian political parties selectively use Bangladesh in line with domestic appeal for communal and imaginary enemies. This is perhaps to divert attention from governance failure, not surprisingly different from third world country rhetoric."

The deliberate decision of the BJP to continue spreading misinformation and lies makes sense if Shah's remark to the BJP social media volunteer is taken into consideration. "We can keep making messages go viral, whether they are real or fake, sweet or sour," The Wire quoted the BJP messiah in 2018—a clear invitation from the then president to let fake messages to viral.

As the professor says about diverting people's attention from governance failures to imaginary enemies, he correctly indicates to the BJP's unstoppable rise in the Indian politics despite the country's economy going in drain, an abysmal Covid-19 scenario where thousands of people are losing lives thanks to the wretched Covid management of the BJP regime.

Nothing matters as long as the lies work. So, why wouldn't Amit Shah tell more lies? No matter what is the election outcome in the West Bengal, the Goebbelsian narratives of Amit Shah and the BJP have no apparent possibilities to stop.

And the sad part is, "Bangladesh in general lacks a political narrative to counter those too," said professor Khan, and consequently "there is a sharp rise of anti-Indian sentiment beyond political apprehension."

"The choice lies clearly with Bangladesh's political community - to let this rhetoric loom large or to make a meaningful pitch so that the bilateral relations can thrive even-handedly."

BJP-RSS in India built and solidified this anti-Bangladesh narrative for many decades ulitizing the existing Hindu-Muslim polarization within their country. But over the years we maintained total silence hoping that it will go away, but things are moving in the opposite direction. Just as Goebbles said, ''a lie became a truth if repeated 10 times'' so the ''illegal Bangladeshi Muslims swarming India in millions'' became an accepted narrative and a hot potato in Indian politics. Even those Indians who are opposed to BJP-RSS politics in India are not countering those blatant misinformation and propaganda by providing real information and data. So time has arrived to counter those misinformation from the Bangladesh govt. and civil societies. Our counter arguments should emphasis several elements, only claiming Bangladesh economy is doing well or we have less hunger in Bangladesh than India will not convince Indian public who see the reality of burgeoning Muslim population in West Bengal, Assam and large number of Muslim labor migrants in their big cities.

1. We need to highlights the real fact that the growth of Muslim population in West Bengal and Assam is almost entirely due to natural growth owing higher fertility rate among Muslim community there. There are many reasons why Indian Muslims have higher fertility rate than Hindus there. Most obvious is the lower socio-economic development among Muslim community there. This caused slower and late demographic transition among the Indian Muslims, which over several decades caused Indian Muslims to raise it's share of Indian population from 10 percent to 15 percent. West Bengal's and Assam's Muslim population growth is entirely aligned with this trend. In fact West Bengal's Muslim population growth is lower than All India average and Assam's growth is similar to the average. Unfortunately no one is highlighting this fact, so ''large Muslim infiltration from Bangladesh'' became an accepted argument there.

2.The large labor migrant Muslim population in Indian big cities like Mumbai or Bengaluru has nothing to do with Bangladesh. Every year, 5 million migrant workers from West Bengal alone flock to Southern and Western Indian cities for work. West Bengal Muslims form larger share of this migrant labor due to their poorer economic opportunity in their home state. Same is also true for Assam. A lot of Muslims from that state are going to South and West India for work. Now one of the peculiar thing about India is that, they do not know well about their countrymen. For example Indians from Delhi or Mumbai routinely mistake their compatriots from north-East India as ''Chinese''. So under the Hidutva propaganda spell and the lack of understanding about the immense diversity among their own population, they mistake their West Bengal and Assam Muslim labor migrants as 'illegal Bangladeshi''.

These two big facts should need more highlights when we refute Amit Shah and his hinduwadi gang's vicious anti-Bangladesh propaganda.
 

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We need to highlights the real fact that the growth of Muslim population in West Bengal and Assam is almost entirely due to natural growth owing higher fertility rate among Muslim community there. There are many reasons why Indian Muslims have higher fertility rate than Hindus there. Most obvious is the lower socio-economic development among Muslim community there. This caused slower and late demographic transition among the Indian Muslims, which over several decades caused Indian Muslims to raise it's share of Indian population from 10 percent to 15 percent.
@Homo Sapiens bhai read this research study, this topic has been beautifully explained.

 

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The likes of Amit Shah is currently working to spin it away from Modi. The likely manufactured fact will be a a "Covid-19 Jihad', these kinds of allegations worked before, I see no reason for it not to work now.
 

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The likes of Amit Shah is currently working to spin it away from Modi. The likely manufactured fact will be a a "Covid-19 Jihad', these kinds of allegations worked before, I see no reason for it not to work now.
More reasons BD should be away from the Indian vultures.

So, why they are not!!

Why the PM of BD is still in the lap of the dogs, which treats BD as "poverty stricken" " God forbidden" country!!!

Bangladeshis should think about it long and hard.
 

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