Friday, May 20, 2005

ANALYSIS: Crescent over Bangladesh

There was small but significant information in almost all newspapers recently. This could be considered the charge of the "light brigade". The Chirang Chapori Yuva Mancha, named after a Dibrugarh locality, launched its campaign by distributing leaflets calling for a socio-economic boycott of Bangladeshi migrants. An exodus of Bangladeshis under threat from the Assamese took place from Digbrugarh recently. Taking a cue from Dibrugarh, some young Assamese of Jorhat began a campaign to save future generations of Assam from the clutches of Bangladeshi rule. The UPA Government has asked intelligence agencies to probe and find out whether it was motivated by the BJP's and AGP's electrol concerns. But what makes the Congress believe that there is threat to it from the BJP or AGP in the Assembly elections next year? Tarun Gogoi's Government has to live up to a deadline nearer at hand. On April 3, 2005, in a Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind rally, its president Maulana Asad Madani openly threatened to topple Mr Tarun Gogoi's Government unless its 18-point demand was fulfilled. The Chief Minister ended up with all sorts of conciliatory voices. Is this "secularism" or a sham? We have shamed the concept of secularism more than Bangladesh.

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