Did you know that the Congress is trying to do a deal which will see us in effect give away 10,000 acres of our country to Bangladesh, forever? And that this is likely to take place by the end of this year? Please read on…
Most Indians do not know this, but the Indian National Congress are enacting legislation that by the end of the year will see India giving away substantial land to the Islamic Republic of Bangladesh, in what is called the “India-Banglesh Land Swap Deal.” It is only opposition by Mamata Bannerjee and also the BJP that has stopped it so far. The land swap deal aims to settle a complex historical issue; which at some point needs to be given serious thought.
However the rush for the Congress to try and push through the territory issue sooner rather than later is based on something really silly. Bangladesh currently has a relatively pro-India government (note – relatively). The main opposition, the Bangladesh National Party, party takes a more shrill anti-India line. The Congress wants to support and keep happy the ruling Awami League led by Sheikh Hasina, because there is a possibility that the government will fall in the upcoming Bangladesh general elections and Islamists led by Khalida Zia will come to power. The logic is that the deal by which Bangladesh gains territory will create a “feel-good factor” in Bangadesh, which will tilt the elections in the favour of the Awami League.
This is a ridiculous and hollow argument; the fact is that even is we give away the land in a hurry, the Sheikh Hasina government may still fall. Once we give away land there is no getting it back. And it should be noted that losing territory voluntarily due to short term political considerations will embolden Pakistan and China, and possibly enhance their arguments in coveting Indian territory. I guess the Congress feel that they and the media will managed to keep the Indian public opinion too divided and confused to make much of a big deal about this.
At any rate, it should be noted that although Sheikh Hasina is at this point behaving in a friendly manner with India, she is secular only by Bangladeshi standards. For example, she is reported to have rationalised the anti-Hindu prejudice prevalent in Bangladesh by accusing the country’s Hindus of having one foot in India.
For a strong rebuttal of the pathetic arguments that are being advanced in favour of the “India-Banglesh Land Swap Deal”, please read the following excellent article by N V Subramaniam, and spread it far and wide to do your part for building public opinion against the impending betrayal:
Finally, I must state that we really need to vote out the Congress next year at all costs. I used to see the Congress as a genuine national party; the fact is that it no longer is. It is just a party of a dynasty trying to cling to power at any cost and is selling India’s future down the road at every opportunity. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if it turns out to be true that they have negotiated a virtual capitulation on Kashmir under pressure from the USA.