Thursday, December 22, 2005


Much has been said regarding the electoral roles of West Bengal being full of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants. There is a new increasing threat that came to my attention on my last visit. On the Bono-gram line (popularly called Bonga line from Sealdah) there are schools full of students from Bangladesh. And these folks typically finish their Bachelors Degrees from Bangladesh, forge a ration card and a birth certificate, cross over and come and re-enroll in Class XI or XII in Indian schools. Next thing, they become engineers and doctors by clearing the Joint Entrance. Remember, they have had 3(Bachelors Degree) +2(XI and XII at the Indian school) years to prepare for the Joint Entrance Exams. And this is the same reason why the admins of the Indian schools look the other way and admit them. These folks usually do better than the Indian kids at the board HS exams - which the school can now tout. But just think about the losses to the Indian citizens. We pay taxes so that Jadavpur and Shibpore exist so that our kids can get a decent education and get established in life. And after we put in all that hard work for years and years, these folks come and steal our right to education and eventually all our good high paying jobs. Just think !


Blogger A fool on the hill said...

Quite a disturbing trend. But poetic justice, I guess. We are taking the jobs of Americans and now Bangladeshis are taking over our jobs!

4:50 AM  
Blogger Bengali Guy said...

Do you mean
"we" =

1. = folks in USA on H1B/L1

2. or = folks in india doing offshored jobs

3. or = illegal workers in the USA

1:46 PM  
Blogger hdpal said...

Signs of globalization I presume.

3:16 PM  
Blogger Bengali Guy said...

@hdpal : Where else do you know of illegal immigrants illegally studying in another country and then matriculating into the host countries educational organizations ?

4:00 PM  
Blogger Babu said...

If I recall correctly, Bongaigaon (somewhere close to Assam?) is different from Bonga? But a valid point nonetheless... would look forward to more such interesting thoughts in 2006.

11:43 PM  
Blogger Bengali Guy said...

Babu, thanks for the correction. Bonga actually stands for Bonogram. I'll correct my post. Fabulous pics on your blog !

11:58 AM  

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