Bangladesh is bordered on the west, north, and east by a 4,095 kilometer land frontier with India. The fence marking the border between India and Bangladesh is often called “Great Wall of India” but now it is simply the “Wall of Death”. The Indian government has built the wall to restrict illegal movements in borders not only with Bangladesh but other countries as well for security reasons.
The border has been used as a route to smuggle livestock, drugs, human trafficking, and weapons from India to Bangladesh. Illegal migrants from Bangladesh use both land and water borders to enter India in search of a better life. In many cases, Hindus in Bangladesh, due to religious riots, migrate to India to secure their belief and life.
A number of Bangladeshi citizens have been killed by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) each year. HRW confirmed that BSF did not only shoot illegal migrants and smugglers but even innocents who were wandering near the border.
Nevertheless, every month many Bangladeshis are getting killed extra-judicially by BSF for the sake of security.
Documentary photography is a practice by socially conscious photographers. It deals with visual sociology and anthropology very keenly, also it does social advocacy. Photographic practice in my earlier stage, it was all about taking “beauty” of anything to me. It is through a combination of aesthetic and technical expertise. Moreover it is a powerful tool that can even change the society.
My journey through photography as a fashion photographer to a photojournalist for an international wire agency by which I can realize the change happened to me is actually a change of taste of image I prefer to shoot. Photojournalism and documentary photography are correlated genre. In 2010, I watched television that was news about brutal murder at Kurigram border in Bangladesh by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF). I feel shaky that time, and I started research to know the reason and ratio of extrajudicial killing in border area by the BSF. I become stunned to know that over 900 Bangladeshi citizens were killed during the first decade of the 21st Century. More sadly, HRW confirmed that the BSF did not only shoot illegal migrants and smugglers but even innocents who were wandering near the border.
Bangladesh is bordered on the west, north, and east by a 4,095-kilometer land frontier with India and, in the southeast, by a short land and water frontier of 193 kilometer with Myanmar. The fence marking the border between India and Bangladesh is often called “Great Wall of India” but now it is simply the “Wall of Death”. India shares land borders with Bangladesh, Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar. Three of these: India, Pakistan and China have nuclear weapons. India has been facing internal and external terrorism. External terrorism emerges from neighboring countries due to complex relations with powerful neighbors. The Indian government has built the wall to restrict illegal movements in the borders not only with Bangladesh but also with other countries as well for security reasons.
Being a socially conscious photographer, I feel inner call for doing something, which can bring positive light where it requires urgently. Camera records things how it happens, I want it to use for betterment of a society where I live.
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