India Riots: Illegal Immigration Is Behind Deadly Clashes In Assam

Anu Anand, Christian Science Monitor, July 25, 2012

India’s northeast, a lush triangle ringed by ChinaBurma, and Bangladesh is dotted with picturesque tea estates and pineapple plantations. Wild elephants and one-horned rhinos roam ancient forested migration routes.

But this week, the state of Assam (see map here) witnessed brutal mob violence, which virtually cut it off from the rest of India. According to police, at least 45 people have been killed, homes burnt, butchered bodies recovered, railway lines blocked in protest, and at least 150,000 people have fled their homes in fear.

At its heart, Assam’s troubles are about corrupt politicians encouraging illegal immigration at the expense of locals.

“Since 1971, there’s been a steady influx of immigrants from Bangladesh,” says Rahul Pandita, associate editor of Open magazine who’s covered India’s northeast extensively. “And local politicians gave them Indian identity documents so they would vote for them. They’ve changed the entire demographics of the area and created a powder keg ready to explode.”

It would be akin to state politicians in Texas inviting economic migrants from Mexico in exchange for votes, says Mr. Pandita, pitting migrants against their own citizens for jobs, education, and welfare benefits.

It’s an open secret that the northeast is the main entry point for millions of illegal Bangladeshi migrants into India. From there, they travel into Indian towns and cities, providing a cheap, useful work force. But in places like Assam, they also change electoral politics.

This week’s ethnic clashes involved one of Assam’s tribal communities—the Bodo people—against Bengali speaking Muslim migrants. The violence was initially sparked by the death of four Bodo men, but signifies a much wider conflict.

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Meanwhile, with local police unable to cope, Assam called in Indian Army forces who were given “shoot on sight” orders to quell the clashes. By Wednesday evening, armed forces had shot dead five people.

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But according to Pandita, brute force is no answer to this problem that’s been decades in the making.

“Millions of people are entering your country and you are appeasing them to the extent that your own citizens feel threatened,” he says. “A man who is 70 sees all these outsiders taking over all farmland, shops. His son has no ration card, no job, so he’s going to react. For short term electoral gain, politicians have created this problem.”

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  • Amazing.  They can actually out-and-out say that politicians are giving them immigration documents in exchange for votes.  Our media refuses to say that Hölder’s lawsuits to prevent Florida from stopping illegal aliens to vote or Obama’s plan to permit millions of illegal aliens to stay is the Democratic Party buying votes.

    • Larssonenar

       I was really impressed by that honesty as well. I admit ignorance when it comes to India’s politics and campaigns so I don’t know if this makes sense or not, but it would be interesting to compare our politicians’ speeches with whatever party in India is buying votes. I wonder the arguments would be similar enough to do a kind of side-by-side video montage with our liberals on one side and theirs on the other. If so, someone with access to media here could create a powerful video linking immigration to explicit vote-buying

      The other impressive part of this story is that the indigenous population is not (at least not anymore) putting up with it. In my wildest dreams I can’t imagine that happening over here.

  • Looks like Cultural Marxist Elite are waging war against Whites by importing millions of Mexicans and East Asians.

    At this rate Whites will be exterminated like were in Zimbabwe.  

  • “It would be akin to state politicians in Texas inviting economic migrants from Mexico in exchange for votes, says Mr. Pandita, pitting migrants against their own citizens for jobs, education, and welfare benefits”

    Isn’t that happening already?

  • Jared Pierce

    Do this as an experiment. It works.  Watch the evening national news on any channel.  For each story, think about whether there is a racial or ethnic or tribal component to it.  I did that the other night. 95% of the stories had a tribal link of some sort.  Remember that tribal can be religious or ethnic or racial. Everything comes down to tribe. At least most conflict does.  That’s what has made me a racialist in my older years.  It is the key to understanding much on this planet and yet the dominant culture wants this ingredient ignored.  It doesn’t make any sense.

    • Michael C. Scott

      Correct, and straight out of Tom Chittum’s “Civil War Two” playbook!

  • only due to white mans aid going to these places. Left on their own no overpopulation.

  • KenelmDigby

    The irony is defeaning.
    Both of these groups (Indians and Bangladeshis) insist on their ‘right’ to enter the UK and other western nations without any let or hindrance whatsoever.
     – Unfortunately these wily and cunning eastrners have bribed and tricked an awful lot of big, fat, dumb, corrupt and not very bright western politicoes in their ways.

  • Sloppo

    “This week’s ethnic clashes involved one of Assam’s tribal communities—the Bodo people—against Bengali speaking Muslim migrants. The violence was initially sparked by the death of four Bodo men, but signifies a much wider conflict.”
    That can’t possibly be true.  I heard GW say that Islam is a religion of peace.

  • Boereseun

    If Indians are so great they can build their utopia in India. 

  •  no…..killing is not an answer to any problem.