After the independence of Pakistana significant number of Muslims emigrated or were out-migrated from territory that remained India. In the aftermath of partition, a huge population exchange occurred between the two newly formed states. In the riots which preceded the partition in the Punjab region, betweenand 2people were killed in the retributive genocide. Most of these migrants settled in the towns and cities of Sindhsuch as KarachiHyderabadSukkur and Mirpurkhas.
He was among the thousands India accepted as refugees and housed in camps in several states including Karnataka. The son went on to get a doctorate and win an Outstanding Young Indian award.
Not all refugees from former East Pakistan or their children—there are some 20, in Karnataka—are as lucky as Prasen, but they at least have a country they call their own.
And now meet Nurul Islam.
He has been paying taxes and has all possible documents to support his citizenship. File image Reuters What do the two examples show, on the face of it?
India wants Hindus but not Muslims from Bangladesh. If a Hindu came here to escape Muslim tormentors in Bangladesh he is welcome. If a Muslim came here to find a job, he is a foreigner, even if he stayed long enough to produce children and grandchildren here.
Before a joint House Committee now, the Bill seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of staying in India instead of the statutory 12 years without the necessary documents. Without a doubt, the Bill is a blatantly partisan move, a brazen violation of the fundamental principles of a modern civilisation and the tenets of a fair democracy that India claims to be or must strive to be.
And the social media is filled with poisonous gibberish about Muslim migrants jeopardising national security. It takes the most depraved kind of creative imagination to even suspect that lakhs of Muslims crossed the border into Assam with the sole intention of exploding bombs and killing Indians.
Madness in other states In the aftermath of the shambolic NRC farce, repugnant voices against Bangladeshi immigrants are being heard in many states with renewed viciousness.
Bigoted theories about an entire lot of Bangladeshi Muslim infiltrators being part of nefarious crimes including terrorism floated even earlier, are now being circulated with an even more perverted sense of righteousness.
But the agitators never distinguished between Hindus and Muslims among the migrants. And the Left, with its own fake communist ideology and a depraved sense of justice, was noncommittal.
The Assam Accord of that then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi reached with the agitators meant that the foreigners who moved in on or after 25 March, would be expelled. The tragedy now centres around two things: Deciding in to deport Bangladeshis who entered India after was probably practical at that time.
But after allowing them—be they Hindus or Muslims—to stay on for so long, and now branding them as foreigners by sticking to the same cut-off date is a travesty of natural justice that has few parallels in the world. And what makes this inhumane exercise even more unacceptable is the targeting of Muslim migrants with the help of a Bill that seems to be a cheap tit-for-tat against Bangladesh kicking Hindus out in the past.
Your Muslims, our Hindus? The proportion of Hindus in Bangladesh dwindled from 28 percent in to 13 percent in and then to about nine now.
Clearly, most, if not all, of them found homes in Assam and West Bengal.Sufis (Islamic mystics) played an important role in the spread of Islam in India. The only two South Asian Muslim billionaires named by Forbes magazine, Yusuf Hamied and Azim Premji, The bulk of Muslims are descendants of migrants from the Iranian Plateau or Arabs.
ABSTRACTColonial migration and settlement rhythms entangle the shores and hinterlands of the Western Indian Ocean region religiously, economically, and socially until today. While historiographic and biographic studies are often centred on men in the late nineteenth and the twentieth centuries, this paper sheds light on current life worlds of South Asian women in a rural South African area.
Emigration, Immigration, and Diaspora Relations in India. British India was divided into predominantly Hindu India and predominantly Muslim Pakistan. The border was drawn through Punjab in the west and Bengal in the east.
Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan in Northern India move to New Delhi, Gujarat, or Maharashtra. In South India, persons. Ethnic and Religious Conflicts in India. Author. The students thus found a ground for demanding their expulsion.
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Publisher. The migration of the Arab Syed and Sufis to the coastal Malabar triggered the rapid changes in the Muslim community of the land. The settlement of the Syed families from the Arab world in early centuries moulded a virtuous Arab settlement in South India. Muslim proselytisers in Malabar: It is a disputed point when Islam originated in Kerala.