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Bangladesh’s high GDP a fitting reply to Amit Shah’s ‘termite’ taunt at illegal immigrants

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    Bangladesh’s high GDP a fitting reply to Amit Shah’s ‘termite’ taunt at illegal immigrants

    Instead of fantasising about throwing out illegal immigrants, India should make its economy grow faster and invest more in public-welfare sectors.
    DILIP MANDAL Updated: 9 October, 2019 9:40 am IST

    https://theprint.in/opinion/banglad...s-termite-taunt-at-illegal-immigrants/303064/
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    As Indian politicians debate a nationwide NRC and Home Minister Amit Shah brands illegal Bangladeshi immigrants as “ghuspethiye” and “termites”, data tells us a very different story.

    “Bangladesh has surpassed India as the fastest-growing South Asian economy,” according to the Asian Development Bank. A 2018 report using World Bank data said, “Bangladesh could top India’s per capita income by 2020″.Growth lessons India can take from new frontrunner Bangladesh”, goes another.


    One will come across numerous headlines like these in Indian and global media today. These are mostly based on data provided by world bodies like the United Nations Development Programme, the Asian Development Bank and Standard Chartered.

    Bangladesh is already performing better than India in terms of GDP growth and is also racing ahead in many social indicators like life expectancy, which is 72 years for an average Bangladeshi as against 68 years for an Indian and 66 years for a Pakistani.

    All this data is publicly available at a time when “throw (infiltrators) into the Bay of Bengal” has become a popular political slogan coined by BJP president Amit Shah. But such is the scale of political rhetoric in India these days, and the staggering level of public belief in the words of BJP politicians, that data detailing Bangladesh’s economic boom stands emaciated.

    Also read: Amit Shah vilifying Bangladeshis while PM Modi rolls out the red carpet for Sheikh Hasina

    Verbal assault on illegal immigrants
    Through its final National Register of Citizens (NRC), Assam has already published a list of non-Indians — mostly ‘illegal’ Bangladeshi immigrants. It’s another story that many of those declared non-Indians in the NRC are Hindus and the BJP is understandably worried about their exclusion from the list. This could be owing to the fact that people migrating from Bangladesh are mostly Hindu Dalits.


    Parties like the BJP and the Shiv Sena have been blaming ‘secular’ political parties for treating these immigrants as a vote bank. The BJP has promised that once it comes to power in states where it has not yet established a foothold, it will oust all such immigrants from India. At a rally in Kolkata, Amit Shah had last week vowed that “each and every infiltrator in India will be shown the door”. In the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha election, Shah equated Bangladeshi immigrants as “termites”. The issue had been the raison d’etre for the formation and existence of Asom Gana Parishad, once the ruling party of Assam, in its early days.

    The BJP and the Shiv Sena consider these immigrants as a threat to national security and fear that they can change India’s religious demography. Right-wing fundamentalists also believe that if the inflow is not stopped, then the day is not far when the supremacy of the Hindu community could be threatened.

    Bangladeshis are also squarely blamed for many criminal activities, including smuggling of cows for slaughtering.

    Also read: Bangladesh is booming and here’s why — PM Sheikh Hasina explains

    India lagging behind Bangladesh
    But Indian politicians have yet to debate why the economy of Bangladesh is growing at a faster rate than India’s. There’s no denying that the Indian economy is stagnating and is currently steeped in a crippling slowdown while Bangladesh’s economy is flourishing. The natural corollary to this will be bridging of the gap between the two economies. In terms of per capita income too, Bangladesh could soon leave India behind.

    Another aspect to the growth trajectories of two nations is that India is banking more on the service sector for its GDP growth, whereas in Bangladesh, the manufacturing sector is contributing significantly to the growth. This implies that a steadily growing economy will generate more employment than an economy that is sinking. Moreover, Bangladesh is also performing better than India in terms of female workforce participation.

    Bangladesh has also trailed India in terms of healthcare access and quality. Even under the Narendra Modi government’s flagship Ayushman Bharat scheme, the laggard states like Bihar and West Bengal in health indicators are among the states getting the least amount of money from the Centre.

    Also read: Bengali Hindu women not on NRC pin hopes on BJP promise of another list, citizenship bill

    India needs to raise its game
    So, do these grim realities mean that we are going to enter a new era in South Asia, where Bangladeshis will be richer and healthier and perhaps even happier than Indians?

    Will this lead to a complete clampdown on refugees and illegal migrant inflow to India? Will this lead to a situation in which the poor strata of the Indian society will see Bangladesh as the promised land where they can get jobs and supposedly better health care? We do not know for sure yet.

    Indians immigrating to richer countries is not a new phenomenon. Around 3.09 crore Indians are living abroad as per 2018 data. More than 44 lakh of them live in the US alone. The UK and Saudi Arabia are among other favourite destinations of Indians looking for greener pastures.

    Living abroad does not make Indians less patriotic. Afterall, they chant Bharat Mata ki Jai with greater enthusiasm and are seemingly more vocal on social media platforms than Indians at home.

    So, it will not be ethically and morally wrong if hordes of Indians work in Bangladesh and send money back home, also contributing to the Indian economy.

    Who knows if Bangladesh gets its own version of the BJP with a similar anti-immigrant agenda, it might prepare its own NRC in future? We can only hope that the Bangladeshis do not find any Indians residing illegally there.


    So, instead of fantasising about throwing out the illegal immigrants, a better course of action for India would be to make its economy grow at a faster pace, invest more in public-welfare sectors, especially on health and education, and eradicate or at least mitigate inequality. We can’t afford to lag behind the so-called ‘termites’.

    The author is a senior journalist. Views are personal.

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    Hordes of Indians already work in Bangladesh, mostly in the textile processing sector.

    Hordes of Indians also work in white collar jobs in Bangladesh, such as management consultancy and higher management positions. A major portion of them are illegal workers whose tourist visas are way beyond expired.

    And Bangladesh will not get its own version of the BJP (We don't have the same Sanghi hater mentality) - although we may build more border walls to hold back destitute Indians and invest more into our Border Guard forces. Indians should take care of their own.

    If we behaved like the RSS and people like Amit Shah, Bangladesh would have scarcely any Hindus by now.

    I guess the land of milk and honey that the RSSers used to talk about are gone now.
     
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    Sad that the growth story for India falters so early in the day... @Nilgiri
     
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    I doubt anyone in BD cares about what this buffoon Amit Shah says, more likely no one knows who this guy is. Thank you India for doubling up on the effort to build the wall/fence !
     
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    Hope they keep in their destitute termites!
     
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    Even sadder that BD launders all this inflation it has as "growth"....simply to feed its BAL corruption loan merchants.

    All comes crashing down whenever one does a cursory glance at actual physical stuff vetted by anyone outside BAL deluded authoritarianism.

    But then its a country founded on a 3 million inflation to begin with.....monkey see, monkey do.
     
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    Congratulations to bangladeshis for their success, but illegals will be a burden on us eating away our hard earned money
     
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    Illegal Indian workers are a burden on us as well. Indians (mostly white collar managers) working in Bangladesh illegally siphon away Billions of US dollars every year. It is a much more serious problem for us rather than a few bais and rickshawpullers working in old Delhi....
     
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    It's easy to control white collar jobs on comparison to manual labour
    More over security problems associated with white collar job holders is low
     
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    I dont think there are many bangladeshi illegal migrant in India if you consider hindu migrant as your natural citizen.
     
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    Nope. In Many areas muslims have increased from absent to significant
     
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    Hindus are getting converted in hordes in India. Every year 8 lacs hindus leaving hinduism. Certainly Muslim number will increase.
    Muslim also increasing in Bangladesh. Does this mean they are coming from India?
     
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    Lol....
    People are not getting converted to Islam definitely...
    Even if they get converted their bengali language won't change especially looks doesn't change...
    Nice try
     
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    What f*cking security problems do rickshaw-pullers commit if they are Bangladeshi (which is doubtful)?

    They're armed with AK's or rocket launchers?

    Straight from the Sanghi propaganda playbook.

    Bunch of low-class ignorant morons...