Bengali Muslims in India: Bangladeshis until proven otherwise?

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Published : 4 May 2014, 03:13 PM
Updated : 4 May 2014, 03:13 PM

“You can write it down. After May 16, these Bangladeshis better be prepared with their bags packed,” Narendra Modi, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate, said at a rally in Serampore in West Bengal last week, confident that the BJP will win the elections that are seen as the largest democratic exercise in the world (NDTV 2014). This is hardly surprising; the BJP has been claiming that the Congress has been manipulating illegal Bangladeshis for years, particularly in West Bengal and in the northeast of India, for the purpose of votes. The question is, are these anti-Bangladeshi statements simply electoral rhetoric, or would the election of the BJP really initiate annihilation of the countries Muslims, Bengali or otherwise?(Read More)

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