Heavy protests in Bangladesh, Modi canceled his trip

Narendra Modi, who was expected to visit Dhaka next week, has canceled his trip amid anti-Modi protests in Bangladesh. While Government of Bangladesh has completed all arrangements for his safety and arranged a grand ceremony of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birth centenary which Modi was scheduled to attend on March 17.

But after India passed the new Citizenship Act 2019, baring Muslims migrants from Indian Citizenship. Around 2 Million Muslims of Bangladesh origin were the victim of new legislation. After the establishment of Bangladesh in 1971, due to civil war, and deteriorated economic situation, around 2 million Muslims migrated to the neighboring Indian state of Bihar, and Assam, etc.

Amended Citizenship Act, has faced a huge resistance within India, as well as abroad. There are estimated around 250 Million Muslims in India, while official reports declare on the lower side as only 14% by population.  India is scared of its Muslim population and deliberately announced less population with its evil-designs. Not only the Muslims but other minorities like 150 Million Sikhs, Christians, Dalits, and other small minorities are also protesting against the Amended Citizenship Act. The neutral Hindus and low-caste Hindus, oppose the amended act. The extremists Hindus constitute 6~8% of population only, but rule the country.

Bangladesh is a country with around 200 million Muslims and one of the most affected countries from the Amended Act, has launched severe protests all over the country. They are agitating and burning Photos of Modi. Students, intellectuals, traders, human rights activists, and youth of the country, who conceived the Indian extremist approach, are demonstrating throughout the country. On 6 March 2020, after Friday prayers, few hundred thousand were agitating against the Indian amended Citizenship Act. They were chanting anti-Modi slogans like “Butcher” and threatened to cordon-off the airport if Modi wanted to visit India. In spite of the Bangladesh Government’s efforts, the protests gained momentum and seems getting out of control.

Indian Intelligence resources were assessing the ground situation in Bangladesh and reached the conclusion that Modi’s security may not be ensured. Finally, on the recommendation of Indian sources based in Bangladesh, Modi has canceled his long-awaited official visit to Bangladesh.

By nature, Modi is cowardice and cannot face the anger of Bangladeshi youth. He was scared of the backlash of his domestic policies, which have a huge impact on Bangladesh. He opted for the lame excuse of the Coronavirus outbreak and canceled his visit. India is more vulnerable to Coronavirus outbreak as compared to Bangladesh.

Although, Bangladesh has been maintaining good relations with India since its establishment in 1971. But the Modi’s policies on Kashmir and Muslims were not welcomed in Bangladesh. Especially, the amended Citizenship, having a direct impact on Bangladesh, was resisted openly. The Government of Bangladesh may respect the diplomacy and may not openly criticize Modi’s policies, but the public at large was very much critical on his anti-Muslim approach.

India is facing criticism and isolation internationally. The western world is also criticizing his human rights violations and biased policies. Senior officials, especially Army officers involved in war-crimes in Kashmir, are refused visas by Western countries. UN organizations, Human Rights Institutions, and the public at large, is condemning Modi’s policies. The world’s reaction is very much visible and India is facing isolation world-wide. However, few governments, based on their economic interests, may stand with Modi, but the general public condemns strongly.

It is worth mentioning that there are around two billion Muslims in the whole world, they are 57 countries and control the major portion of natural resources, especially Energy – Oil and Gas. But due to political differences, they are not united temporarily. If the whole Muslim world realized, they may condemn Modi’s policies, he may find no other option then change his extremist mind-set. Muslims who ruled India for almost 800 years are being killed, humiliated, raped, looted, their hoses burned, damaged, and forced to flee to safe area. Injustice may not sustain long, and Modi may face war-crimes soon.

Prof. Engr. Zamir Ahmed Awan
Prof. Engr. Zamir Ahmed Awan
Prof. Engr. Zamir Ahmed Awan, Sinologist (ex-Diplomat), Non-Resident Fellow of CCG (Center for China and Globalization), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan.