Minority in One’s Own Land: The Sad State of Tripura

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It’s shocking that the native tribals are getting beaten up by a large group of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh in the street of Agartala, Tripura.

Unfortunately, the law enforcement officials stood there watching without even firing blank shots in the air to calm down the situation. Before the Assam elections, PM Modi had said that his government will stop the problem of immigration from Bangladesh in the North Eastern states but looks like it was only for the purpose of rhetorics!

Bangladeshi Immigrants, the Greatest Sorrow of Tripura

Tripura was a small but peaceful state with moderate population. However, ever since illegal migrants have flooded Tripura, the locals have been marginalised. Post 1971, the year, the Bangladeshi immigrants started migrating into the Tripura land, everything has been snatched from their hands, even political power. India no wonder, is making a grave mistake by giving citizenship to illegal migrants in a spontaneous manner in almost all the North Eastern states.

Nevertheless, those illegal migrants have outnumbered locals. Moreover, since majority rules in Democracy, these migrants have taken the political power from the locals completely. This is the reason why there is no limit to atrocities, crime and exploitation in the north-eastern states as the migrants continue to create havoc in the state.

Indian Government has not been doing any substantial thing to give security to the Tripuris as well as the people living in the north-eastern states. The natives have been suffering and have also been deprived of their constitutional rights. It is high time that the Government of India listen to the woes of the people of the North East. Else, the North East people will soon start loving China and hate India.

It is Time to Take Strict Action against the Problem of Immigrants from Bangladesh

Not just Assam and Tripura, the entire North East region is affected by the Bangldeshi immigrants. Their population is increasing day by day. The tribal people, the natives are trying to fight against them but they to no avail.  The day is not so far when these immigrants will take over the whole of north eastern region of India. So, before it’s too, let’s remind PM Modi to show his 56 inch ka seena and his red eyes to these immigrants just the way he showed it to Pakistan on 15th August this year. Also, it is time for our Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Kiren Rijiju to take some real action.

How Government Is Being a Catalyst

Entering the Indian soil through Tripura costs only Rs. 35,000. Yes, that’s the only amount to get Indian Citizenship for these Bangladeshi immigrants. Looks like, the Government is facilitating their settlement in Tripura. Not only that, it is suspected that more than 65,000 Bangladeshis entered Agartala, in the past 3 years with tacit help from the government. All of them got Indian citizenship kit which has PRTC certificate, Ration Card and Voter ID card for just Rs. 35,000. The report published by Kangla Online mentions how the illegal migrants were issued the certificates within one day of arrival at Sardar SDM Office.

In some special cases, the Government also provided illegal migrants with government jobs and other facilities in exchange to loyalty and votes to CPI (M) during elections. The Bangladeshis are buying land and getting admissions into Indian Institutes with these legal documents provided by the government.

Minority in One’s Own Land: The Sad State of Tripura

Post the 1971 war, most of the Bengalis migrated from Bangladesh, then East-Pakistan, as refugees in Tripura. After the mass migration, the indigenous Twipuri communities (various tribes) today are the minority in their own land while the migrants have become a majority community and are ruling the state.

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Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) was demanding ‘Twipra land’ – a separate state for the tribals. Today, the native tribals constitute one-third of the population. This is the sad reality of Tripura.

Let’s stand up for our brothers and sisters living under such threats in their homeland Twipra! I would request PM Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Minister of State for Home Affairs of India Kiren Rijiju to take action. Yes, it is time to turn promises into action that PM Modi made before 2014 General Election.

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