India and Muslim-majority Pakistan

2017-06-02 10:14:09 | 日記
"For six decades they have been treated as in effect stateless, but the agreement between India and Bangladesh means they will now finally gain a proper identity." The BBC explains that the enclaves date to the 18th Century and were created by local peace treaties.

But there is deep suspicion that hardened criminals and Islamist extremists may be among those who are crossing to India, the newspaper reports. Chapala Barman, 60, a Hindu who has lived all her life in the Dahala-Khagrabari enclave in Bangladesh, is one that will leave and cross the border with her three sons, according to . The French news agency says she is being forced to live behind three daughters because they married Bangladeshis and are ineligible to move, according to the agreement.

The fate of the enclaves was left unresolved by the partition of India in 1947, as the British vacated their vast colony and it cleaved into Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan. In 1971, East Pakistan fought a short but bloody war to separate as independent Bangladesh.

She will also leave her grandchildren. "My grandsons call me by mobile phone, saying 'grandma, please don't go'. My heart pounds with fear when I hear a mobile phone calling," she tells AFP.

According to none of those living in the enclaves on the Indian side of the border have opted for hot rolled steel coil citizenship, and about 979 on the Bangladeshi side have chosen to join India.
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