what it can be called a hard-hitting statement! the Army Chief Bipin Rawat has without hesitation named the political parties who are helping countries like Pakistan and China in illegal infiltration.
Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat while addressing the North East Region of India Bridging Gaps and Securing Borders Summit in New Delhi on Wednesday made a scathing attack on some of the political parties for working against India. He said that China and Pakistan were helping illegal infiltration in the Assam border over many years which has caused a great security threat in the region.
He said the migrations from Bangladesh did not happen without the support of powerful people within and with the help of enemy country like Pakistan.
“Migration from Bangladesh is due to two reasons. One, they are running out of space. Large areas get flooded during the monsoon and they have constricted area to stay. So, people will continue coming into our place.”
“The other issue is a planned immigration that is taking place because of our western neighbour (Pakistan). They will always try and ensure that this area is taken over through proxy warfare. This proxy game is being very well played by our western neighbour and supported by our northern neighbour (China).”
The Army Chief further went on to say that in order to solve the insurgency problem in the NorthEast region, one needs to understand the real problem. He said that the central government was, therefore, considering the problem of Northeast as its top priority and is linking all development schemes with the people of North East which is severely hit by Naxals and Maoists. The only way to bring these people out of Naxal influence is to develop the region and bring them into the main stream.
“Is it identity problem? Is it a problem of development? Is it a problem of security? Or, is it a problem with the demography that is happening right now? I think it is all encompassing and we will have to look at it holistically. Development is the main issue and identifying the population of this area (northeast) with the population of mainland becomes important. The Centre is looking at northeast with right perspective and time will not be far when we will be able to amalgamate this region and with development will come the control of people of this region,” said the Army Chief.
But his final statement sent shivers to many so-called secular parties as he hit the nail on the head. Bipin Rawat said that some parties who call themselves secular have been instrumental in forcefully changing the demography of the state. He directly pointed at AIUDF (All India United Democratic Front) party which is well known for its support to Naxals and Jihadis. It is said that the AIUDF had links with many Pakistan terror groups and were sending youths to Bangladesh for training. Many organisations from Assam had various times raised this issue and had demanded an investigation into AIUDF links.
The Azad Maidan riots which happened in 2012 in Mumbai were started by a radical group in Mumbai called Raza Academy against the Bodo community of Assam. The Raza academy which said that it would hold peaceful protests deliberately made provocative speeches against India which ultimately turned violent. A mob of over 40,000 Muslims went rampage destroying public property and burning the entire city. They chanted anti-India slogans and destroyed the Amar Jawan Jyoti in Mumbai dedicated to the WW II soldier.
These riots are said to have had links with the same AIUDF party and the head of AIUDF Ajmal was held responsible for instigating riots in Mumbai.
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So, taking a cue from the previous events, Bipin Rawat directly pointed at AIUDF for infiltration problems in Assam.
“There is a party called AIUDF (All India United Democratic Front). They have grown in a faster time-frame than the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) grew over the years. When we talk of Jan Sangh with two MPs and where they have reached, AIUDF is moving at a faster pace in the state of Assam. “We have to live with the people of the region, irrespective of their caste, creed, religion or sex. If we understand that then we will be able to live together happily. We will have more trouble in segregating people.”
This hard hitting statement of Bipin Rawat has made so-called secular parties red-faced and are now demanding an apology from him. The hard facts quoted by Bipin Rawat has definitely exposed these political parties who can go to any extent to get votes.
The army has hit back against AIUDF for mocking Bipin Rawat and defended his statement saying that the Army Chief has spoken on facts and there was nothing communal or political about it.