Choose your enemy, Hindu or Muslim migrants: Assam BJP minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

Sarma seemed to be referring to Hindu and Muslim migrants as he was replying to queries on the opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Assam.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Updated: November 2, 2016 9:41 pm
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STATING THAT it is his party’s policy to differentiate between Hindu and Muslim migrants, Assam Minister and convenor of the BJP’s North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday asked the people of the state to choose their enemy — “the 1-1.5 lakh people or the 55 lakh people?”

While he did not elaborate on the figures, Sarma seemed to be referring to Hindu and Muslim migrants as he was replying to queries on the opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Assam.

 

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Although there are no official figures of Hindu or Muslim migrants from Bangladesh in Assam, political groups often claim that the state has about 55 lakh Bangladeshi migrants. The reference to “1-1.5 lakh” people, however, does not match any known figure.

“The whole thing is that we have to decide who our enemy is. Who is our enemy, the 1-1.5 lakh people or the 55 lakh people? The Assamese community is at the crossroads. We could not (save) 11 districts. If we continue to remain this way, six more districts will go out (of our hands) in the 2021 Census. In 2031, more (districts) will go out,” said Sarma, pressing for the Bill.

While Sarma referred to “11 districts”, the 2011 Census identified nine districts as areas with Muslim majority, up from six in 2001.

He asked those opposed to the Bill to find out which community threatened to reduce the Assamese to a minority. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill proposes to grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs and Parsis facing persecution in Pakistan and Bangladesh and entering India without any valid document.

Asked if it was the BJP’s policy to differentiate between Hindu and Muslim migrants from Bangladesh, Sarma said, “yes, we do”. “We clearly do. After all, the country was divided in the name of religion. Thus it is not a new thing,” he said.

“There has been no analysis about whether we are becoming a minority from the linguistic aspect or religious aspect, or from a combined attack of both language and religion. That is why we must now decide who to go with in order to save ourselves,” said Sarma.

“When we go to Dibrugarh or Tinsukia (districts) we feel very good, because we are in a majority there. But do you feel good when you go to Dhubri or Barpeta (districts)?” he asked. Both Dhubri and Barpeta are among the Muslim majority districts.

Sarma said the BJP wanted to protect the Bengali-speaking Hindu migrants and wanted to keep them segregated from the Bengali-speaking Muslim migrants. “We want the Bengali-speaking Hindus to remain with the Assamese people. That is the BJP’s viewpoint. It has not changed. It has been the same, both before and after elections,” said Sarma.

“Does secularism mean that the satras have to move out of their original places? Does secularism mean some people will snatch away land belonging to Batadrava satra? Does secularism mean some people will encroach upon land in Kaziranga and Pobitora (wildlife sanctuaries),” said Sarma.

Sarma was speaking to the media after the release of his latest book, Anya Ek Dristikon. BJP leader Ram Madhav was also present on the occasion.

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First Published on: November 2, 2016 5:04 am
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    innocent
    Mar 2, 2017 at 9:15 am
    europe is only taking muslims who are caucausians and fair (arab)and not dark or south asian muslims
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      innocent
      Mar 2, 2017 at 9:10 am
      they should be settled in ur state town area
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        innocent
        Mar 2, 2017 at 8:59 am
        what if bangla hindus and Muslims vote enbloc for badrauddin on linguistic lines rather that religious lines as bJP says...then ethnic asamese are in trouble.... Bangla hindus and muslims are bond toghther strongly on linguistic/cultural lines than Bangla hindu and amese Hindu....
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          Abhinav Gour
          Nov 2, 2016 at 3:57 am
          What is He Talking about??? Can He Change the Consution??? If now they want to Invite Bangladeshi Hindus then why did we Create Bangladesh by Breaking stan??? These Kinda s need to be Shut Up
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            Ram
            Nov 2, 2016 at 11:08 am
            India was a 100% Hindu country then they practiced "Adwait" and Buddhism came into existence by Gautam buddha like an evolution in dharma. Sikhism is also an evolution from the same path of Sanatan dharma(Omkar). Islam does not have any indigenous element whatsoever. It came to India as a religion of invaders who wanted to destroy anything and everything that was here. But after independence they wanted a separate piece of land as proportional to their number. Nation was divided based on religion stan for all Muslims and India for Hindus and others. But now India is again on the same cross roads. What India should do now? Keep shedding parts or do some corrective changes in its religious course so that people from other religions can be absorbed as Hindus.
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              NitinB
              Nov 3, 2016 at 2:59 pm
              Well spoken. Bngaldeshi Mullahs need to be shown their place. Throw them out
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                Amar Akbar
                Nov 2, 2016 at 5:13 am
                4 Sunni Muslim Groups Responsible for 66% of all 17,958 Terror Killings in 2013, 80% in 2014 and 95% of all terror kiIIings in 2015. This is the religion of peace.
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                  Masood khan
                  Nov 2, 2016 at 11:27 am
                  The problem is illegal migrants from Bangladesh. If Hindu bagkadeahis are to be given refuge settle them in other parts of India . amese ideny is threatened by both Hindu and Muslim Bangladeshis. Masood khan convenor ist aasu unit of Gauhati university
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                    Jafar
                    Nov 2, 2016 at 1:28 pm
                    Well said Bharat ji
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                      Konwar
                      Nov 2, 2016 at 4:47 am
                      Why am should take the burden. Why Modi don't take them to Gujrat and the immigrants will be more comfortable in Bengal and better to settle them in malda , mursidabad where Muslim potion has increased 1000 times
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                        MyTake
                        Nov 2, 2016 at 6:22 am
                        ... Those who want to come back to India should openly declare acceptance of Indian religion leaving behind the Arabian one. Arabian religion thus far have been the root of all prob lem in the world (may be its not a problem for you)! Their sympathiser from India can choose to \"enjoy\" rights similar given to Arabian religionists (?) just by moving to stan to live with their heart\'s contents and with a Hindu name (!) , if they can afford! Yes, then preach also to their hearts content!!!
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                          MyTake
                          Nov 2, 2016 at 6:56 pm
                          Almost all of those who came to India later are Muslim. Hindus usually don't leave a place they are born in, unless of course they are driven out - History is witness to this.
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                            MyTake
                            Nov 2, 2016 at 7:01 pm
                            Not only minorities but people from across the borders who are willing to return to their forfather's religion giving up violence, should be welcomed in India. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It will be unwise for humanity to let Vedic culture become extinct and India is well placed to keep this alive. Vedic culture has much to offer to humanity, specially in today's world when d o g eating d o g ' s meat is more of a norm than exception!
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                              MyTake
                              Nov 2, 2016 at 6:17 am
                              Those who want to come back to India should openly declare acceptance of Indian religion leaving behind the Arabian one. Arabian religion thus far have been the root of all prob lem in the world (may be its not a problem for you)! Their sympathiser from India can choose to "enjoy" rights similar given to Arabian religionists (?) just by moving to stan to live with their heart's contents and with a Hindu name (!) , if they can afford! Yes, then preach also to their hearts content!
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                                MyTake
                                Nov 2, 2016 at 6:21 am
                                Was violence part of everyday life in the subcontinent until the Muslim came?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;What the sickulars think?
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                                  MyTake
                                  Nov 2, 2016 at 8:28 am
                                  What Diwali got to do with it? What the "gurus" did for 65 years?
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                                    MyTake
                                    Nov 2, 2016 at 12:32 am
                                    Those who want to return from Arabian religion to Indian religion and make an open declaration in this regard should be allowed to stay.
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                                      MyTake
                                      Nov 2, 2016 at 10:22 pm
                                      In Vedic culture: 1. Lord Krishna is from low caste 2. Ravana is Brahmin and Lord Rama is Khatria 3. Bishamitra is from schedule caste 4. Many more in the list In modern era: 1. Thieves are leaders 2. Looters are public conscious keeper 3. Illiterates some literates with hidden agenda are greater pandits 4. Those who can scream loudest is considered to be the best knowledgeable.
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                                        Partha Pratim
                                        Nov 4, 2016 at 2:43 pm
                                        A better option to live with 1.5 rather then share space with the illegal 55..We are the stakeholders of our state and we have every right to decide whether to perish or over come the nightmare of being surrounded by parasites.
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                                          confusedAAPian
                                          Nov 2, 2016 at 6:52 pm
                                          Old Babar failed to vipe out every Hindu but new babar will eleminate every trace of Hindu. This is what u say to all and all already know this.
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                                            Avi
                                            Nov 2, 2016 at 8:58 am
                                            Well said! Appreciate this person's openness
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