How did she get the figure of 1.25 crore ? The leader of none other than Bengali Youth Federation , Assam made a candid statement that Muslims speaking Bengali language are not considered as Bengalis at least in Assam.
The Bangladesh origin Muslims are called “Miyas” in Assam. A section of Assamese intellectuals coined a term “Na Asomiya” (New Assamese) to describe the community, but the use of the term has never been widespread.
At a personal level many Bangladesh origin Muslims are known to me. All of them refuse to acknowledge that they are “Bengalis”, though their first language is various dialects spoken in Bangladesh viz Sylheti and Mymensingiah.
Despite hostilities for decades the Bangladesh origin Muslims are going to Assamese medium schools for their education in interior and difficult terrains such as river islands, remote villages in Baska, Chirang and Udalguri districts.
Also there exists an organization called “Asom Miya (Asomiya) Parishad” the founders of which perhaps tried to establish that “Asomiya” (Assamese) is essentially “Asom Miya”.
Despite all that people of Bangladesh origin are a serious political threat to indigenous population of Assam only for their numerical strength and high birth rate and perhaps for the unabated influx from Bangladesh. If corrective measures are not taken, then the fate of indigenous population of Assam will be the same as the indigenous population of Tripura. The same apprehension is acknowledged by the Government of India, Supreme Court of India and many others and therefore we have things like Assam Agitation, Assam Accord, NRC etc.
If we talk about the undisputed Bengalis or Hindu Bengalis, they are also Bangladesh origin people but enjoy special treatment from the present ruling party. There is a commitment by the ruling party to grant citizenship to all Hindu Bengalis irrespective of their date of entry into Assam even if it violates the Assam Accord. Though smaller in number than their Muslim counterpart , Hindu Bengalis also constitute a significant part of the state population and they are a major political force.
We learn that since 1985(the year of signing of the Assam Accord) little less than 1 lac persons have been identified as illegal immigrants. The government says some of them are “deported back” some (most) are “absconding” and a few thousand are in detention camps at the cost of taxpayers money.
What was published on 31st December midnight is just a “draft” NRC. We don’t know what the final NRC will indicate regarding the number of illegal immigrants. Then again anybody can challenge non inclusion in NRC in courts.
How did Mamata Bannerjee come to know that 1.25 crore “Benaglis” will be thrown out of Assam is a mystery. So far I did not hear anything from her about the already detected 1 lac illegal immigrants in Assam. Though a state politician she has raised her voice against the injustice done to Rohingyas in Mynamar. But she has not called “Rohingyas” as Bengalis. Another point , Myanmar authorities don’t accept the term “Rohingya” and call them “Bengali” but Bangladesh refuses to accept them as “Bengalis”.
A friend of mine from Dhubri, who is also a Bangladesh origin Muslim, WhattsApped me a message about the plight of Rohingyas. The message is reproduced below.
ৰোহিঙ্গা মুছলিম সকলক বচাবলৈ ভোট চলি আছে
এই মেচেজ টো যিমান share হব সিমান ভোট পাব।
গতিকে আপোনালোকৰ ওচৰত হাত যোৰ কৰি প্ৰাৰ্থনা কৰোঁ যে সকলো whatsapp গ্ৰুপ আৰু সকলো ব্যক্তিক যাতে send কৰে
The Whattsapp message is written in impeccable Assamese.