Fri, 2006-08-25 04:10
By Dr. Richard L. Benkin – Asian Tribune
A new Indian documentary provides visual and other evidence that Islamist
attempts to secure a base on
A previous investigation by this reporter documented a steady movement by Al
Qaeda forces, evicted by coalition troops from their havens in
But while Nepal in not a candidate to become the next Taliban state, it is only now emerging from a long period of social unrest that left its borders porous and enforcement compromised. That made it a safe haven for Islamists with their eyes on transforming Bangladesh into one. Nepal is almost contiguous with Bangladesh at one point and the porous border presents a potential entry point for Islamists to infiltrate that nation and skew its January election results in favor of their cohorts there. West Bengal, one of the states mentioned in the documentary, is the land mass between the two countries.
The documentary was based on reports by the Indian Task Force on Border Management and from the former governor of Asom (previously Assam), Lieutenant General (Retired) SK Sinha. It also contained reports by former Indian Intelligence Bureau Chief TV Rajeswar and by journalist and opposition leader, Arun Shourie. Sinha, in particular, considers the influx of these Islamic fundamentalists, along with large numbers of Bangaldeshi Muslims a threat to "security, demography, and integrity" of these areas. The documentary alleges that they are now "the deciding factor" in about one third of all Asom local elections. And the "demographic invasion," as the documentary calls it, is continuing unchecked.
Observers have noted these demographic trends since British control of the area, and made particular mention of them after Bangladesh’s successful revolution in 1971. There were those in Bangladesh who argued that the territory to the new nation’s east should be annexed "to balance" the economy and society. While no serious talks were ever implemented on that matter, the influx of Bangladeshis to that region has been steady ever since.
Today, however, within the context of Islamist imperialist designs, this
established trend has taken on a new and more menacing character. The
immigrants are not simply impoverished Bangladeshis looking for a better life
but primarily trained Al Qaeda sympathizers. As early as 2004, there was
concern about this with terrorists forced to leave their havens in
US and Indian intelligence sources confirm previous analyses establishing
the Al Qaeda presence in a chaotic
The documentary often plays upon the longstanding India-Bangladesh animosity
and stone-throwing and suggests draconian measures to seal the two nations’
borders. But as the findings of Indian intelligence and others in the area
suggest, the infiltrators are not Bangladeshis; in fact, their own statistics
agree that the vast majority are not. A more detailed check of would reveal
pan-national origins stretching from
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