Winning the neighbourhood
Mains Paper: 2 | IR
Prelims level: NRC
Mains level: India and its neighbourhood relations.
When it comes to trade relations with its immediate
neighbours, India is strikingly different from other regionally-dominant
Despite being the region’s largest and fastest growing
economy, India absorbs as little as 1.7 per cent of Bangladesh’s exports, and
accounts for only 14 per cent of its imports.
India should take the initiative to free the movement of
goods and people between India and Bangladesh.
Analysing the situation
India treats Bangladeshis as foreigners and has an
“extremely costly infrastructure to prevent illegal immigration” Nepalis are
treated as “permissible aliens”.
Moreover, the district of Sylhet in Bangladesh was a part
of the province of Assam; and for a brief period from 1905 to 1911, Eastern
Bengal and Assam constituted a single province. But Nepal was not a part of
However, like the neighbouring Himalayan kingdoms of
Bhutan and Sikkim, it was part of Britain’s informal empire.
Ethnic Nepalis form the social basis of the Gorkhaland
movement in Darjeeling.
But what are the chances of India making policies
vis-à-vis, Bangladeshis that are in India’s economic interest?
Whatever else one can say about the Citizenship
Amendment Bill, it is hard to argue that it will promote greater economic
integration between India and Bangladesh.
Cuban immigrants according to the Cuban Adjustment Act of
1966 could not be treated as illegal in the US. They qualified for US residency
within a year of being in the US and were eligible for citizenship five years
later, no matter how they entered the country.
Since they were admitted for humanitarian reasons —
allegedly for fleeing communist oppression — Cubans quickly became a significant
immigrant group in the US.
Within a decade after the Cuban Revolution of 1959, the
Cuban population in the US grew by six-fold.
Q.1) Consider the following statements:
1. National Register for Citizens is a register containing names of Indian
citizens in Jammu and Kashmir.
2. It is updated in the month of April every year.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2
Q.1) How implementation of NRC will affect India Bangladesh relation?