If Rohingyas are illegal migrants so are Desi people settling abroad


India had taken stand on Rohingyas to deport them from India and send them back to their native place Rakhine, Myanmar as they were illegal migrants.

But what about its own citizens who illegally emigrated to various countries across the globe.

It was ridiculous to hear Union home minister Rajnath Singh taking a technical stand that Rohingyas did not follow the proper protocol to enter India as refugees. Since India has not signed any specific UN convention, it will not break any international law by sending them back.

Thousands of Indians emigrated to countries UK and USA besides many European nations. In USA about 5 lakhs Indians are living as illegal migrants. UK identified about 1000 illegal Indian migrants.

Considering this mass exodus, The Emigration Act, 1983 was made to prevent this but the law has many flaws.

This law (The Emigration Act, 1983) is the only central statute to manage migration from the country. The law mentions registration of agents who send people abroad but does not mention consultants. Hence this loophole is misused as people going abroad register themselves in any university or college and then start working without valid documents.

One attempt was done by Punjab in plugging the gap by introducing Punjab Travel Professionals Regulation Act, 2012. The act mentions that anyone in the capacity of a consultant or an agent needs to be registered with the state government, file IT returns, must have no criminal record and must have a small office.

A good indicator is the importance of issuing travel advisories by external affairs ministry. But they are so sketchy that most people do not notice this and travel abroad undeterred.

The time has come that Indians government should put its own house in order and make a law to reduce number of people going abroad illegally.


Man jumping through window-train catches speed

My wife and I were planning for a holiday. It had been a long time, almost a year when we had gone on holidays last time.

We took auto from our home to Sarai Rohilla railway station.

The traffic was not much. The train was scheduled for 9.10 PM and we reached at around 8 in the evening.

It was difficult passing time on the platform.

My wife wanted something to munch preferably popcorn and Jabson peanuts.

Whenever she eats popcorn and peanuts smile comes on her face and this makes me very happy. She smiles like a baby (Innocent baby).

I went to fetch popcorn and peanuts for her and warned her to be careful of her surroundings.

I purchased the items and started walking towards the bench where my wife was waiting for me.

Suddenly I heard some chaos on the platform.

I saw a man about twenty eight years old wearing a rough shirt and trouser with a muffler around his neck approaching the train with fast pace. The man came near the train that had halted on the platform a few seconds back. There was heavy rush and everyone was trying to enter into the train.

The man with the muffler suddenly approached window of one of the coach and tried to enter the coach through the window.

I reached my wife. We were shocked to see this because the train could have started anytime which would pose a danger for this man.

How could a man enter coach through the window?

In a very short span of time the train started moving as the train did not originate here and had stopped for about 10 minutes.

The man struggled to get inside through the window.

People on the platform started shouting as if everyone had imaged the same that I had imagined earlier (train moving with the man half inside the window and half outside the window).

The station master came but by the time he came the train had gathered pace and was about the leave the platform. No one inside the train pulled the emergency chain as no one noticed due to heavy rush. Everyone was trying to grab the seat.

There was a white pillar at the end of the platform which was about one foot away from the window of the coaches passing through the platform.

Everyone watching this scene was shocked and was praying for some miracle to happen.

But the happening happened.

Within seconds there was a loud noise of shriek as if someone collided with the pillar.

There was blood on the platform and drops were falling on the railway track.

The man was no more and had sacrificed his life just because of taking a short cut.

Whatever happened later on did not matter as life would not come back.

I prayed to God to make me strong.

The moral of the story is that always keep patience and never take short cut in life as short cut may make your life short.

You have multiple bosses while you are on holiday

Have you ever thought what happens when you are on holiday?

You have multiple bosses when you are not in the office or you are out of office.

You are going on holiday and have told everyone in the office not to call or email you. You have left the laptop at home.

But you will definitely carry smart phone with you and you will be tempted to use social media.

And obviously you will post photos of every move that you make. Then you will expect likes and comments on these photos.

If you are an excellent phone photographer with a large fan following, the photos you tweet on twitter or post on instagram are making someone else rich.

Infact you have many bosses during vacations.

Twitter sells ad space based on your user engagement. Same goes for Instagram.

These platform owners thrive and become billionaires only if there are people willing to put their best efforts and make some good contributions.

These social media platforms are just a monotonous application without the labour of its users.

The people you are interacting with are probably on the full app, so you are keeping them engaged while FB serves them ads. Same goes for Airbnb or Uber or Google maps or Trip Advisor.

You have either earned those cash or helped them grow stronger in some way.



Indian villagers making money in foreign currency


There are many people living in Meghalaya, a north eastern state in India who cross borders and trek to Bangladesh as village Huroi in Meghalaya does not have a motorable road to access infrastructure.

Trekking into Meghalaya is quite tough due to long distance of basic amenities from Meghalaya-Bangladesh border village of Hunoi.

Majority of income (approx 70-90%) of the village is in Takas.

People falling sick, women suffering from labour pain and for other daily needs trek into Bangladesh and trade in Bangladeshi currency Takas.

These people regret crossing fence and going to Bangladesh but they are left with no choice. If they have to use facilities within the state they have to trek for 4-5 hours but trekking in Bangladesh takes 1-2 hours.

Medical emergency in Umkiang primary health centre on Indian side is a five hour trek through the jungle whereas Bangladesh hospital in Kanaighat is an hour journey.

Apart from Huroi, there are 3 other villages that depend on Bangladesh. These are Lejri, Lahalein and Hingara. These 4 villages have about 3800 residents who earn majority of revenues in Takas.

Along the fencing Border Security Force (BSF) has built a new road not meant for civilians but frequented by Lejri and Lahalein residents.

Unfortunately the road passes over a river which has only a footbridge which does not allow transporting heavy goods.

These people are desperate to cross fence through treacherous rivers and sell goods to Bangladeshi businessmen and few have drowned mid-stream.

Villagers have protested that “if Indian government doesn’t want to fix the road, it is better to remove fence and give us to Bangladesh so that we do not risk our lives every day”.

Politicians visit Huroi with tall claims of better roads and then disappear for five years. Villagers decided to boycott 2018 state elections but district’s deputy commissioner Lhuid, promised them of better health system and setting up a mobile tower before the elections.

The matter reached the PMO last year when two college students penned a letter detailing the lack of facilities and villager’s ordeal. They wrote that they had to survive on the mercy of Bangladeshi people.

But for people who are in age bracket of 50-70 years, nothing is more important than road.

Due to lack of roads, they lose their children and drove them insane with grief. Some of them lost their new born babies.

I hope government will do something as soon as this story reaches them.