Illegal immigration from Bangladesh into northeast India is so big that it will plunge the indigenous Naga people into minority status within 30 years.
This warning has been sounded in the Asian Tribune newspaper by Oken Jeet Sandham, a leading indigenous rights activist in the region.
Sandham said that the “northeast people should not wait for Delhi [the Indian government] to save them. It is they who should fight for their survival, otherwise, in 30 years, northeast indigenous people will be reduced to a minority.”
He revealed that official estimates said that there are at least 20 million illegal Bangladeshi immigrants living in India.
“According to local sources in Assam, the Bangladeshi population in the State (Assam) could be more than 6 million, which is more than the combined population of Manipur and Nagaland. Nagaland has a little over 19 lakh population and according to sources, the actual population could be only 13 lakh and even in Manipur, there were over 7 lakh non-locals as per the 2001 census report,” he added.
North East Indian tribes have originated from the ethnic groups of Tibeto-Burmese, proto Austrioloids and some groups of Indo Mongoloids, and share distinctive genetics and racial features. Nagaland has around 16 major tribes.
Sandham said that in 2012, then Assam Governor Ajay Singh revealed that about 6,000 illegal Bangladeshis were entering into Assam daily.
“If his statement was correct, then the fate of the northeast people is terribly at stake. Now after 12 years, one can simply imagine what will be the current rate of daily illegal infiltration into Assam from across the International border. Now, it may be anything around 10,000 illegal infiltrations into Assam on daily basis,” Sandham continued.
“Say, if 6,000 illegal Bangladeshis infiltrate into Assam daily, it will be 180,000 Bangladeshis in a month and 2,190,000 annually. The State will have 6,570,0000 illegal Bangladeshis in 30 years’ time, and the whole northeast indigenous people will be reduced to a minority by the time.”
He went to point out that the “illegal Bangladeshi infiltration into Assam and elsewhere in the region has changed its (region) demography and now it has become a serious threat to the future survival of the region’s indigenous people and also the internal security problem for the nation as well.”
The state of Tripura in the North east is already a “gone case,” he said, referring to the fact that the indigenous people now only make 30 percent of the people there thanks to the illegal Bangladeshi invasion.
“Nagaland is the next target because large number of these illegal immigrants from across the international border has been swarming the State,” he continued.
He said that although the central government was to blame for allowing the influx—“because of their abject failure to fence the long porous border with Bangladesh,” the new Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal “said borders with Bangladesh would be sealed in two years’ time to put an end to infiltration.”
“If we believe that the dreaded illegal immigrant issues can essentially be solved by constructing border fencing, then we must push for it. Today, the country has already celebrated 70 years of her independence. Are we going to take another 70 years to construct border fencing? By that time, northeast indigenous people will be refugees in their own soil.”
* The parallels with what is happening in Europe and North America are obvious: massive illegal immigration will plunge Europeans into minority status within 30 years as well—but it is only the Third World indigenous peoples who are “protected” by the establishment.