The Implications of India’s CAA and NRC are Being Felt in Bangladesh
The recent developments in South Asia are knocking the doors of complex order where internal heterogeneousness is trending, particularly in India. The whole scenario is the outcome of draconian legislation by Indian Parliament. The incumbent govt. of India led by Hindu nationalist regime has decided to overrun the past by establishing racial segregation as core to its political ideologue. An Indian version of Apartheid is in the making under the benign leadership of PM Modi.
Indian strategists have underestimated strategic implications of (NRC)National Register for Citizens and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) both internally and externally. These laws provided the elimination of an overwhelming populous reduction of Muslim of India. Since the implementation of CAA and NRC, the geostrategic environment has become vulnerable neighboring states, particularly for Pakistan and Bangladesh. In this scenario, Bangladesh is facing vulnerable security paradox. It is surrounded by India from three sides of the border. So the leadership of Bangladesh has decided to engage in a formal understanding with India over the issue of migrant influx in any case.
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By examining the ongoing internal scenario of India, most of the religious and ethnic minorities in several parts of India have risen up against the CAA. The major segment which opposed these laws belongs to universities and liberals of India who believed in secular India. They choose to live in an environment where internal harmony and mutual respects for every citizen is the top most priority. An unfortunate telecast by the advocates of Hindutva has shaken the pillars of largest democracy of world. The stage was design after the revocation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which took away the special status of Kashmir. Interestingly, majority of the India respected this decision until it knocked out the several states by introducing likely version in shape of CAA and NRC. Currently, India is in a state of political and social turmoil at home.
The CAA and NRC has dire regional implications. The leadership of Bangladesh rushes into the matter so that she could not face another Rohingya migrants like situation. Bangladesh, a relatively very poor state as compare to India, may face an economic crunch due to such kind of another episode. It also suffers at home.Bangladesh stance over CAA came under consideration when it demanded a written assurance that it would not affect the soft relation between India and Bangladesh.
During her private visit to India in October, 2019, PM Sheikh Hasina made a clear cut demand o reconsider an unnecessary legislation by the Indian Parliament is not going to affect Bangladesh. This demand came after Foreign Minister A K Abdul Momen cemented that CAA is internal exercise of India but have an uncertain future for the neighboring states. PM Hasina Wajid also expressed that there is not recorded reverse migration from India, but due to CAA there are many people facing problems. The situation in Assam is alarming for the security of Bangladesh. It could extend extremist version of several ethnic and religious groups towards Bangladesh. Despite court’s approval, India gave a verbal assurance to Bangladesh which is very unlikely for a responsible state like India. It might ignite a unfortunate future for Bangladesh and the region in broader terms. As the situation is getting intense in India, FM A K Abdul Momen and Home affairs minister, Asaduzzaman Khan cancelled their visit to New Delhi due to tensions over CAA. In December, 2019 Bangladesh suspended mobile service along the border areas. It aimed at the security consideration during a high level meeting.
The CAA is an unjust law which is no law at all. It marginalized the minorities of India, particularly Muslim. Bangladesh and Pakistan are closely associated with CAA and NRC agenda. These laws provided that a vulnerable security paradox is in the offing. Their attribution will aggravate the complex situation within India. Is India ready to manage another episode of 1947? Is it not yet clear to world that Sang Parivar’s pilots have taken off to Pearl Harbor of sub-continent? Is Modi ready to push Indians for the saga like Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
The Bangladesh’s concerns are genuine and must be addressed at every international forum. It creates uneasy circumstances for the scheduled and several other classes. International community should maintain a firm stance against the mess created by PM Modi. Despite the fact that some major powers shared their point of views with India, economic leverage hindered to proceed further. The international society and world must acknowledge that an unfortunate syndrome in India is the product of Neo-Nazi version of Hindu extremist ideology. It is not only threat to regional security but also an emerging global threat.
About the Author: Sheikh Moazzam Khan is a freelance journalist from Pakistan and has written numerous articles at domestic and International forums including Nawa-e-Waqt, Express News, Sydney News, Geopolitica and Concept TV News. Sheikh has expertise on South Asian Regional Politics, Defence and Strategic Studies.
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