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With the Indian economy slowing down and the rupee in free fall, millions of migrants from Bangladesh are reverse migrating back to their mother country, leading to a strain in ties between the two South Asian countries.
The Bangladeshi Border Guard issued a statement that they are trying their best to prevent the Bangladeshi migrants from coming back but in vain. “They seem determined to return and the border is so bloody porous that it’s impossible to plug the gaps. F*** man, now we know what India’s BSF must be going through day in and day out,” said Bangladesh Border Guard spokesperson, Rubel Hossain. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has lambasted her Indian counterpart for economic mismanagement and directed him to put the economy back on track so that the direction of migration can again be reversed.
Even the promise of more subsidized food grain with the impending passage of the Food Security Bill has not impeded the flow of reverse migration. “Dude, you think I don’t know my economics? Such crass populism will only worsen the current account deficit and lead to further devaluation of the rupee,” hissed a Bangladeshi migrant, Mushfiqur Rehman, as he packed his belongings to trek back to Dhaka. “A year back, an Indian rupee was trading at 1 Bangladeshi Taka. Now it fetches less than 0.75 Bangladeshi Taka. I’ve become the laughing stock of my kin back home,” he added.
Nepal and Bhutan have also put their forces on high alert to stop reverse migration into their borders with Bhutan Prime Minister Jigme Thinley sternly warning New Delhi that Bhutan is no India to passively acquiesce to illegal immigration into its territory.
The crisis of confidence is so bad that there were even reports of a Punjabi youth, Avtar Singh Gill, from Tarn Tarn, a border village, attempting to cross over into Pakistan, shouting “Canada nahi to Pakistan hi sahi”. Pakistani rangers immediately apprehended the youth, suspecting him to be a RAW agent. When subsequent interrogation revealed that the youth had tried to cross over into the Islamic republic in search of better job opportunities, the rangers had a hearty laugh and handed him back to their BSF counterparts along with a box of sweets.
(Inspired by this tweet)