The survival issue
[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t is beyond doubt that a large number of Bangladeshis are illegally entering the North East India region every month. We know this as the number of cases of Border Security Force (BSF) personnel nabbing these illegal immigrants from the border area is rising. These illegal immigrants mostly enter Assam first. They work as labourers. They also take up petty business. There population later spill over to other states like Nagaland and Manipur. In Meghalaya, these illegal immigrants enter through Dawki area in Jaintia Hills district.
Meanwhile, experts have warned that the North East region will be filled by these illegal Bangladeshi immigrants soon. The reason has been that the sea level is fast rising and major portion of Bangladesh is likely to get submerged. This is the effect of global warming.Today, like in any other state in the Northeast the issue of Illegal Bangladeshi Immigrants (IBIs) in Nagaland is also becoming a matter of concern. Time and again Survival Nagaland, Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) and many other Naga organizations have been voicing against the flooding of these illegal immigrants into Nagaland. These Naga organizations have also been predicting the ill consequences of the IBIs in the state. There is also a strong apprehension in the mind of the Naga people that the ballooning population of immigrants is a big threat to the survival of the local populace. Given this situation, the days are not far away the people will take this issue to the street concertedly. In such eventuality there can be law and order problem. Knowing this in hand, the administration needs to do more in this front so as to avoid complication.
In the meantime, to weed out IBIs from the state needs a sophisticated mechanism. To identify IBIs is quite a task. They look like the mainland Indians. Their food habit is no difference. So, in such sensitive issue the authorities should take extra care while employing their strategies.