'Bangladeshi influx' Pakistan's proxy war: Indian army chief

Yolanda Curtis
February 23, 2018

He was not hopeful that the hostile population dynamics in the North-East, thanks to an unremitting influx of illegal migrants from Bangladesh, can now be altered in the country's favour. The internal security is dealt by IB, police, not military.

"We have a habit of politicizing everything".

Indian Army is known the world over for its unflinching professionalism, neutrality and apolitical conduct. "If they are silent, then it must be said that the particular statement was given at the behest and with the blessings of the government", he added.

BJP leader and an senior Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, however, jumped to the defence of Rawat, insisting the Army chief said nothing new and that the Supreme Court had expressed the same view in the past. Of course, the generals must offer their counsel behind closed doors when their opinion is sought by the political leadership but should not make public comments that can be interpreted as meddling in politics.

The AIUDF president who is also the president of Assam Jaimiat Ulema-e-Hind said that the remark from the topmost general was uncalled for. "You will continue to see some kind of infiltration happening to keep this area disturbed". "The solution lies in identifying the problem and holistically looking at it", he said. There is a party called AIUDF.

Maintaining that it was hard to change the population dynamics of the Northeast, General Rawat said, "There is a party called AIUDF (All India United Democratic Front). If it was five, eight or nine districts, inversion has taken place whichever be the government", he said, referring to districts in Assam that have a Muslim majority.

The AIUDF, which was formed in 2005 to champion the cause of the Muslim community, now has three MPs in the Lok Sabha and 13 MLAs in Assam. The BJP had won only 2 seats in 1984. The number went up to 18 in 2011.

By making such a statement, the army chief has indulged in politics which is against the constitutional mandate given to him, president of All India United Democratic Front tweeted. "We are hopeful that people of Assam, irrespective of caste & creed, will accept AIUDF and our party will come to power soon". CPM politburo member Brinda Karat said Gen Rawat's comments were "inappropriate" and seemed to be aimed at "politicising" the Army.

The Army, however, defended its chief, saying there was nothing political or religious in Rawat's comments made during a seminar on the northeast at DRDO Bhavan.

"There is nothing political or religious in the talk".

Meanwhile, regarding the potential exodus of Bangali people from Assam, Prof Imtiaz said he hoped it would not take place as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had asked the Assam government not to drive away Bangalis from the region.

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