World View: India's Narendra Modi Says He'll Deport 'Bangladeshis'

World View: India's Narendra Modi Says He'll Deport 'Bangladeshis'

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  • India’s Narendra Modi says he’ll deport ‘Bangladeshis’
  • John Kerry says that Israel could become ‘an apartheid state’
  • Dozens killed in Iraq bombing two days before election

India’s Narendra Modi says he’ll deport ‘Bangladeshis’

Narendra Modi (AP)
Narendra Modi (AP)

Self-described Hindutva (Hindu nationalist) Narendra Modi, the leaderof India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and expected to be the nextprime minister, said on Sunday that he would deport Bangladeshiimmigrants:

“”I want to warn from here, brothers and sisters writedown, that after May 16, I will send these Bangladeshis beyond theborder with their bags and baggages.”

He alleged that one of his opponents supported “vote bank policies,”that allowed illegal Bangladeshi immigrants to obtain forged votingIDs and ration cards for votes.

sake of votebank politics. If people from Bihar come, they seemto be outsiders to you. If people from Odisha come, they seem tobe outsiders to you. You feel bad if Marwaris come.

But if some Bangladeshi comes, your face seems to shine. Thiscountry cannot run like this. We won’t allow you to destroy thecountry for the sake of your vote bank politics.”

Bangladesh was separated from India by the Partition, the 1947partitioning of the Indian subcontinent into India and Pakistan,leading to an extremely bloody war between Hindus and Muslims. A 1971civil war within Pakistan itself led to the separation of Pakistanfrom East Pakistan, which became Bangladesh.

In previous statements about deporting Bangladeshis, he appeared todistinguish Hindus from Muslims. In February, he said: “We have aresponsibility toward Hindus who are harassed and suffer in othercountries. Where will they go? India is the only place for them. Ourgovernment cannot continue to harass them. We will have to accommodatethem here.”

Actually, he’s been all over the map on this issue of “Bangladeshis.”Last month he alleged a conspiracy to eliminate rhinoceros to makeway:

“Aren’t rhinos the pride of Assam? These days there isa conspiracy to kill it. I am making the allegation veryseriously. People sitting in the government … to saveBangladeshis … they are doing this conspiracy to kill rhinos sothat the area becomes empty and Bangladeshis can be settledthere.”

Either despite or because of his statements on Bangledishi immigrants,as well as his promises to improve the economy, to end corruption, andto adopt a tougher, more nationalistic foreign policy with Pakistanand China, opinion polls indicate that Modi is the frontrunner for theposition of prime minister. India Times and NDTV (India) and NDTV (22-Feb)

John Kerry says that Israel could become ‘an apartheid state’

In off the record comments that were secretly recorded, US Secretaryof State John Kerry said the following, with respect to the recentlycollapsed Mideast peace plan that he had set up:

“A two-state solution will be clearly underscored asthe only real alternative. Because a unitary state winds up eitherbeing an apartheid state with second-class citizens–or it ends upbeing a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewishstate. Once you put that frame in your mind, that reality, whichis the bottom line, you understand how imperative it is to get tothe two-state solution, which both leaders, even yesterday, saidthey remain deeply committed to.”

As I’ve said before, it’s hard to figure out what’s going on withKerry. He burst onto the scene in 1971 when he declared to the Senatethat U.S. Army soldiers were rapists and torturers and no better thanNazi stormtroopers, and he’s been belittling the army and the UnitedStates ever since. As Secretary of State, he says and does one stupidthing after another, and stumbles from one foreign policy debacle tothe next. Is there some deep, brilliant, core plan that he’spursuing, or is he really as dumb as he seems? Daily Beast

Dozens killed in Iraq bombing two days before election

At least 36 people have been killed and 60 injured in a suicidebombing in eastern Iraq, two days before the country heads to thepolls in the first nationwide elections since the 2011 withdrawal ofUS forces. The perpetrators are assumed to be the Islamic Emirate inIraq and Syria/Sham/theLevant (ISIS or ISIL), the same group that hasbroken away from al-Qaeda and is recruiting jihadists in Syria fromcountries around the world. The Baghdad government has been an allyof Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad. The number of suicide bombingshas been increasing steadily since the withdrawal of American forcesin December 2011, and has particularly surged this year as the April30 election approaches. Al-Jazeera

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