CAB and NRC are creating unrest in country, with most of the citizens standing against the mistreatment of minorities in the country and entry of refugees from the neighbouring countries.
Last year, the Indian government set a record by handing out 15 Lakh Indian visa to Bangladeshsis. This is an all time high as far as India is concerned. As per Indian high commissioner to Dhaka, Riva Ganguly Das, this has been “economically beneficial” to the country.
Earlier the visas per year used to be 6.5-7 lakhs, and last year they almost doubled up. In an event at the Indian Visa Application Centre, the high commissioner handed over five-year multiple entry visas to three freedom fighters of the 1971 liberation war.
She also explained how the visits by Bangladeshi citizens is strengthening tourism, may it be for business reasons or professional reasons that they visit the country. Some come for shopping during Eid and some come to meet their clients. No matter the reason, Bangladesh alone constitutes about 20% of foreign visitors to India.
Recently the relationship between Bangladesh and India has gone bumpy. It is because of the Citizenship Amendment Act passed by the Indian government. That gives entry to non-Muslim minority communities of neighbouring countries like Bangladesh and Pakistan.
As a reason of which, Bangladesh’s foreign minister Momen cancelled his visit to India. He was scheduled to visit India this January but he decided that the situation in the host country wasn’t conducive. Momen also mentioned that the Indian home minister, Amit Shah gave wrong information about prosecution of minorities in Bangladesh. He called it inaccurate.