I’m sharing a short link on what’s going on in Assam; frankly it’s pretty disgusting.
The NorthEast wing of India has seen much ethnic turbulence:
(1.) Nepalis expelled from Bhutan
(2.) Bengalis from Assam
(3.) Rohingyas from Burma
Nepalese and Bangladeshis seem to be the hyper fecund Indo-Aryan ethnicities overwhelming the Sino-Tibetan populations. It’s a continuation of a millennia old pattern of the “Aryanisation” of the East.
Even though I laid Bangladesh’s dramatic achievements in social metrics; I fear it’s developing a “Wakanda” attitude towards events in its neighbourhood.
It doesn’t go without saying that I’m much more sympathetic with the Party of the Widow than I am to the Party of the Daughter. I can’t also claim to know anything about Bangladeshi politics but just venturing my opinions, as I do.
It would also be interesting to see how Bangladeshis perceive:
(a) the Indo-Bangladesh relationship post 1971
(b) the Rohingya issue and whether Bangladesh has to do something about it
(c) the “illegal infiltrators” in the NorthEast that makes Indians go apoplectic..
It doesn’t make sense to me that Bangladesh, which is a nation explicitly founded on an indigenous Indic identity, seems to attract so much ire.
Indians seem to think that South Asia will become Muslim in generation and a half at best; faulty reading of demographic trends make for good politics as we have seen in the West as well.
I’ll end on something rather off-topic but what I saw on a Facebook by a Persian girl in South Africa.
She turns to her friend and says “we are the only two coloured people in the room.”
Her black friend shoots back “And you’re in camouflage.”
The point of this narrative is that identity is complex and intricate..