Why shouldn’t India shelter the Rohingya Muslims? What will happen if we do that mistake?

Rohingya people historically known as Arakanesh people from Rakhine state in Myanmar. Ethnically, Rohingya are originally an Indo Aryan tribe living along the Arakan coast of eastern Myanmar.   Their community is a juxtaposition of both pre-colonial and colonial settlers. The majority was of them happens to be a Muslim converted by Arab traders whose sailed along the coastline of Bay of Bengal. A stateless muslim minority of one million population have been living in the Rakhine state, on the border of Bangladesh, are being denied of their citizenship under the Burmese 1982 and 1948 laws which dubbed them as foreigners. Majority of the Burmese considers them interlopers of Bangladeshi despite the fact that many of Rohingya descendants have been living in Myanmar for generations.

Recently more than 40 k Rohingya refugees who had illegally entered into India via Bangladesh soon after when Myanmar launched a counter offensive attack on Arakanese militant group who had attacked the Burmese National forces on August 25. This is not the first time military backed Myanmar government has cracked down on Refugees. It has a long standing history which casts a dark shadow on the Myanmar’s leadership. Its a shame on the de facto leader Sang Aung Suu Kii who turned blind eye over the persecution of minorities in her own country.

Rohingya desire to relocate outside Burman is decades old. It is since the time of India’s partition, the rohingya had pleaded to Mohammed Ali Jinaah to include them in his consideration plan for eastern Pakistan which is now Bangladesh. Unfortunately Jinaah turned this down.  Since then time to time these persecuted minorities protested and demanded for their independent state. Bangladesh,a muslim majority country and a destination of refugees form Arakan states has also refused to accommodate them. Arguing the fact that the country is already populated and facing troubles. Despite this that the rohingya community shares a historical and cultural link with Bangladesh, they are not willing to accept them.

It was unfortunate for India to see the kind of division taking place on Rohingya issue. It is of utmost shame that political parties and pseudo liberals are busy scoring brownie points by giving this issue a religious colour. It has become a much heated topic for debates on social media. It was sad to see people are ready to compromise on National security issues. Preaching lessons on humanitarian crisis on the backdrop of vote bank politics is their only soul motive behind. There is much powerful argument in favour of accommodating Rohingya as facing persecution in their home land. Anti establishment liberals have suggested that there has been tradition in India to shelter refugees. This was said in refrence to what Indra Gandhi did decades back allowed around ten millions of refugees into Indian territory from east Pakistan who fled away due to the unspeakable brutalities at the hand of Pakistan forces .Hundreds of thousands of refugees from Tibet and Afghan are living in India peacefully.

These liberals have also suggested that BJP’s unwillingness to not accept Rohingya is due to their believe while Hindus and Buddhist have always been given shelter. It purely an illogical remark or it may have some logic into it. But one can see the conditions in western Europe where Muslims immigrants have been found links with the terrorist outfits like Islamic states ( IS ). SO why would India take such risks by adding destitute Muslims in our country who could easily be hired by terror outfits.

Not of this justifies the fact that Rohingya is the most persecuted communities in the world. It is so shameful that these stateless people have been living the Myanmar for decades yet the country refuses to grant them citizenship.

It is indescribable human tragedy and all those trying to give it a religious colour to the Rohingya situation are doing no less than a harm to the suppressed community.

We can observe that the Jihadi element however has been injected into the conflict which is the central idea of the so called secular gang who took to streets to protest against the centre for giving accommodation to Rohingya population which is a big threat to our country.

Brushing asides all tell a tale drama taking place in National Capital , India should practise hard politics by not letting anyone to violate communal harmony and increase its national security. Because the Rohinya insurgency in Myanmar wasn’t created by India and it must not become its problem.

It is the need of the hour to pressure the Myanmar government to address the issue curving in their democracy through diplomatic ties.

Khushboo Agrahari