A Nation At Last: Biharis are Bangladeshi now

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“37 years of my life have been spent in Bangladesh. Pakistan did not keep its promise, so why should I not myself call a Bangladeshi.” Parvin Begum, Geneva camp of Mohammadpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Photo- Noor Alam, DRIK News


One Response to “A Nation At Last: Biharis are Bangladeshi now”

  1. Omar Faruque

    Beharis can only be Bangladeshi if the recognise Bangladesh as their home land. History tells us, they are rootless ethnics community migrated from Bihar during 1947. Since then they called themselve indian and were keen to go back to their origin India. And we know Behir is one of the poorest state in India. Femine, draught, multiethincs clash, insufficient arable land as well as overly populated unemplyment problem and state owned corruption are common phenomena in every day life. Lots of Public effort has been made during 1947- 1971 to send Biharis back to their home country but neglegence
    and derecognisation by Indian Government pushed them in to a blackwhole of identity crisis.
    If Pakistan can not keep its promise it is a betrying and hypocrisy with its own people. This is a conspiracy in their nationa’s history and not our problem at all.

    But situation has changed in 1971 liberation war. Biharis actively take part in the fighting to killed bengali speaking people and I don’t need to describe again their holocaust inspired by Pakistan’s hidden polical agenda .

    So after the independence of Bangladesh and drove out of Janta these biharis claimed themself as Pakistani and devoted to Pakistan, They are one of the deprived part of nation, lack of education, or dis interest to follow our national curriculum and non recognisation of Bangladesh are major component of their believe. Still the camp living beharis utter a popular slogan “Adha Rooti Khaiyenga Pakistan may Jayenge”. They dreamt to be a pakistani. I saw they listen to Pakistani radio news, regularly watch Pakistan’s TV channel , hoist Pakistani National flag in their camp and hang potrait of late president Zia Ul Haqu. So my question is how they can be bangladeshi. This is not a matter how long you live in a country. Your devotion and patriotism is the elements of fact to be considered as a part of nation recognisation.

    If Pakistan can not keep its promise it is a betrying and hypocrisy with its own people. This is a conspiracy in their nationa’s history and not our problem at all.
    Despite all of our own problems, as a overly populated country we still wecome any one to be part of Bangladeshi if you could solemnly promise and affirmed to be Bangladeshi. You have skills to contribute in our economy, and building a proud nation and finally make a home land for your young and up comming generations, so that they can not be called as rootless. In this case government can take initiative to identify thoses keens and rehabilitate them with citizenship. So that they can deserve the same privilage and right as we do.

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