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By Amitava Mukherjee

New Delhi: A dangerous situation may arise in the country if Mamata Banerjee’s demand for granting citizenship to Bangladeshi immigrants living in India for more than five years is conceded.

The West Bengal chief minister has called for restoration of the district magistrates’ former rights to grant citizenship which, in effect, may facilitate further immigration from Bangladesh.

The situation in West Bengal is so grim that as early as in the 1980s T V Rajeswar, a former IB director and former governor of the state, was forced to write in a mass circulation daily cautioning against heavy infiltration from Bangladesh.

His article averred that in the 1981 census, the total population growth rate for West Bengal was 23.2 percent while that of the minority community was 29.6 percent. In the same census, the overall yearly population growth of the state was 2.3 percent. But in the districts bordering Bangladesh the figures were higher: 2.7 percent in 24 Parganas, 3.3 percent in Nadia, 2.55 percent in Murshidabad, and 2.66 percent in both Malda and Jalpaiguri.

The same pattern continued in the 1991 census. The average population growth rate of West Bengal was 24.73 percent – quite an abnormally high figure. But the districts bordering Bangladesh showed even higher figures: North Dinajpore (34 percent), North 24 Parganas (31.69 percent), South 24 Parganas (30.24 percent), Murshidabad (28.20 percent) and Nadia (29.95 percent). This proved that illegal immigration from Bangladesh was continuing. It is continuing unchecked even today.

The issue is sensitive and must be handled with statesmanship. Banerjee is playing this card a bit rashly with an eye on the coming election as she has reasons to be somewhat worried about a probable Left Front-Congress electoral understanding. But she has picked up the right point from this complicated maze of population movement.

Although Rajeswar had mentioned the abnormal rise of the minority population in the 1981 census, he had missed one vital point: exodus of the Hindus from Bangladesh since the birth of that nation. The hard truth is that both Hindus and Muslims are emigrating from Bangladesh to India and there is no point in giving it a communal character.

The only logical reason behind Banerjee’s demand for granting citizenship to illegal Bangladeshi immigrants may be her fright that a significant quantum of votes which the BJP could garner in the last parliamentary election may be transferred this time to either the Left or the Congress.

In the last municipality elections, the BJP’s share of votes had dwindled by about 50 percent and this portion had found its way to the Left kitty. As most of these municipalities are situated in the Indo-Bangladesh border areas, playing the “citizenship for the immigrants” card may have temptations.

It is likely that the BJP, too, will lap up this issue. During the last parliamentary poll campaign, Narendra Modi held out promises in this regard. Some time back Rajnath Singh, the union home minister, had lamented about the centre’s inability on the issue as the BJP does not enjoy a majority in the Rajya Sabha.

The issue has now become a double-edged weapon. On one hand, voting patterns in large numbers of constituencies in 24 Parganas (North) , 24 Parganas (South), Kolkata, Nadia and several districts of north Bengal may be affected by majoritarian sentiments arising out of the issue. On the other hand, the minority community can also influence results in 60-odd constituencies.

West Bengal is now sitting on a powder keg and no one should try to disturb the fragile equilibrium that is still holding the social fabric together. There is no point in crying over Muslim immigration from Bangladesh. Hindus are also coming. In 1951, East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, had 22 percent Hindus. Now the number has come down to a mere seven percent. Where are they going ? The natural answer is India.

Moreover, Bangladesh being a Muslim-majority country, it is but natural that there will be a considerable number of Muslims among the emigrants. Trying to give a communal colour to it will be unjust.

In 1951, West Bengal’s population had 79.40 percent Hindus and 18.63 percent Muslims. In 1981 the number of Hindus decreased to 77.10 percent while that of the Muslims increased up to 21.55 percent. In 2001, the share of the Hindus in the total population further came down to 72.90 percent, but the Muslims’ share jumped up to 25.37 percent.

As per the 2011 census, Hindus now constitute 72.5 percent of the population of the state. No doubt it shows a decline. This declining trend is noticeable in the minority community’s share of the total population also at 25.2 percent. But the rate of decrease is slower.

Many experts have however expressed reservations about the sharp decrease in the population growth rate in West Bengal during 2001-2011. According to the 2011 census, the growth rate was 17.84 percent in 2001 but nosedived to 13.84 percent in 2011.

Any attempt to give citizenship to Bangladeshi illegal immigrants may seriously jeopardize the political, social and economic life of the country as well as its security scenario too. West Bengal or the north eastern Indian states can no longer accommodate the Bangladeshis. So neither Mamata Banerjee nor any other political party should tinker with such an explosive situation. (IANS)

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List of 5 Political Thrillers That You Can Watch Amidst Coronavirus Lockdown

Today, we have bought a list of Political Thrillers that you can watch amidst quarantine at home which manage to give a realistic portrayal of what the Political world in India looks like

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Political Thrilers
Political Thrillers not only have Gripping content, but they also show something that we as common people might not have appraised before about politics.

By Kashish Rai

Politics is a hot topic in India. The Indian people cannot resist without talking about politics. Though, the entertainment Industry makes content that is widely consumed by the masses but somewhere it has failed to bring real-character based content that reflects the actual world of politics in its political thriller movies.

Today, we have bought a list of Political Thrillers that you can watch amidst quarantine at home which manage to give a realistic portrayal of what the Political world in India looks like!

These films not only have Gripping content, but they also show something that we as common people might not have appraised before about politics.

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  1. THE TASHKENT FILES (2019)

  • DIRECTOR: Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri

Tashkent Files
The Tashkent Files was the second film of 2019 to play in theatres after 100 days. This film is truly a must watch. Pinterest

There’s no doubt in saying that Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri is a Lucrative and All-Embracing Filmmaker! The Tashkent Files is undoubtedly his mastercraft which is a sensational and gripping political drama. The Film talks about the mysterious death of the Second Prime Minister of India~ Lal Bahadur Shastri ji at Tashkent. This film is totally intriguing and tells a whole lot about the history of the incident. The director has done very good research and woven all the information with utter refinement for making this film a masterpiece.

The Movie asks some pertinent questions on Shastri’s Death~ Why was no post-mortem carried out? Why did the government refuse to declassify the document in its possession that pertains to Lal Bahadur Shastri’s Death? It presents all facts and makes you think with a deep insight. Eventually, it was the second film of 2019 to play in theatres after 100 days. This film is truly a must watch!

 Watch The Tashkent Files on Zee 5: The Tashkent Files: Full Movie on Zee 5

  1. TRANSPARENCY: PARDARSHITA (2020)

  • DIRECTOR: Munish Raizada

Transparency
Through this Documentary, the Director has tried to show the actuality and ascertain the issue of political funding by AAP . Twitter

Transparency: Pardarshita is a 6-episode hindi language documentary series that highlights the sentiments of the India Against Corruption Movement (Anna Andolan) and explores the trajectory of the movement along with backstage scenarios that led to subsequent political developments, that includes the formation of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). It is directed by Dr. Munish Kumar Raizada who was an active participant in India Against Corruption Movement at forefront as well as the core member of AAP.

The Web Series gives an in-depth analysis of the functioning of AAP. The analysis is based on the narratives of various members of the political Party~ including Dr. Kumar Vishwas, Shazia Ilmi etc. along with political analysts and Journalists that followed the developments closely. Through this Documentary, the Director has tried to show the actuality and ascertain the issue of political funding by AAP which led to the carnage of trust of thousands of people and core Volunteers of the party like him who dreamt of a Corruption-Free India. This series is a must watch, as it a call of every common man!

You can watch the Transparency: Pardarshita ~ Transparency: Pardarshita (Full Documentary Series)

  1. SATYAGRAHA (2013)

  • DIRECTOR: Prakash Jha

Satyagraha
Movie Satyagraha spares no effort to reflect the rising tide of public anger against a creaking, corrupt and callous system that treats citizens of the country like a load of dirt. Pinterest

Satyagraha is a vibrantly layered film that spins together urban legends of corruption. It features many incidents in Indian Politics like Chauri Chaura, 2G Scam, Mandal Commission and Anna Hazare’s Jan Lokpal Andolan. The movie takes the “Real” issue of Corruption into “Reel” life movingly fusing the facts with fiction. It is believed that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Capitalised on the film which led it to have many political gains during the elections of 2013.

In the movie Satyagraha, director Prakash Jha effectively meshes the urban angst witnessed on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook with the ground realities of India’s heartland. He simply takes up a topical socio-political issue and forges a drama designed to deliver a message of import. Movie Satyagraha spares no effort to reflect the rising tide of public anger against a creaking, corrupt and callous system that treats citizens of the country like a load of dirt. You can definitely go ahead for watching this.

You Can Watch Satyagraha on Netflix

  1. THE ACCIDENTAL PRIME MINISTER (2019)

  • DIRECTOR: Vijay Gutte

Accidental Prime Minister
The Movie unleashes the lack of corporate and moral ethics by Baru’s character, who uses his distinct position to unravel confidential information in his book. Pinterest

Confined to a book with the same title, The Accidental Prime Minister is a film that projects former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s Relationship with his media advisor Sanjay Baru. Whole of this film focuses largely on the public image of Dr. Manmohan Singh. It also touches upon the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s key milestones, like the nuclear deal and Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s undisputed authority within the Congress Party.

Anupam Kher’s acting is a masterstroke that is sworn-in amidst wide-ranging skepticism within the ranks. The film bravely names real characters and shows them in the light they are perceived in. It also unleashes the lack of corporate and moral ethics by Baru’s character, who uses his distinct position to unravel confidential information in his book. He eventually ends up losing trust and equity with Dr. Manmohan Singh. You can definitely watch this!

The Accidental Prime Minister Movie is Available on ZEE 5 App

  1. BATLA HOUSE (2019)

  • DIRECTOR: Nikkhil Advani

Batla House
Batla House a film packed with a right dose of patriotism with the story of an honest ACP at its centre. Pinterest

13 September 2008~ The national capital of can Delhi never forget this date when five serial blasts rocked the city, in which 30 people were killed and at least 100 injured. After a week Delhi Police’s special cell did an encounter against the Indian Mujahdeen’s terrorists in Jamia Nagar’s Batla House: the film is a fictionalized account of the operation and the controversies that followed thereafter.

Batla house is an attempt to balance such a crucial narrative without taking any apparent sides. It is a film packed with a right dose of patriotism with the story of an honest ACP at its centre. It is one of those films with tension and curiosity entangled throughout, leaving you with knots in your stomach. You should definitely watch it.

You Can Watch Batla House on Amazon Prime Video App

Politics does not limit to those in power in the government, it is also about the ones who are in the run to achieve the same power, or the ones who support them.

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 Though, there are many films that come from the Indian Entertainment Industry, but we sincerely hope that it makes more realistic portrayals of politics on screen in the near future.