Even the origins of the word Rohingya and how they came to be in Myanmar are controversial with some historians saying the group dates back centuries and others saying it only emerged as a campaigning force last century.
The Burmese government says they are relatively recent migrants from the Indian sub-continent. As a result the country’s constitution does not include them among indigenous groups qualifying for citizenship.
Historically, the Rakhine majority has resented the presence of Rohingyas, who they view as Muslim people from another country. There is widespread public hostility towards the Rohingya in Myanmar.
The Rohingya on the other hand, feel they are part of Myanmar. Neighboring Bangladesh already hosts thousands refugees from Myanmar and says it can’t take any more.
The clashes have raised concerns about the fragility of Myanmar’s democracy.
More than 400,000 people are calling for the leader of Burma’s national League for Democracy Party Aung Sang SuuKyi to be stripped off her Nobel Peace Prize over her response to the Rohingya Muslim crisis. People have now signed a petition on change.org demanding the Nobel committee withdraw the award from Ms.SuuKyi, who has been widely accused of failing to protect Burma’s Rohingya population.
Myanmar embraces Buddhist culture, not a modern one. The one important aspect of Buddhism is peace. That’s why they couldn’t handle these Rohingya Muslims through any wrongdoings. And the number of refugees in Myanmar occupies such a large number. It’s an ethical issue in reality.
We can’t blame the government or leaders like Aung Sang SuuKyi, since they are feared to comment or take any action on this issue. If they protect these Rohingya Muslims, these clashes and communal riots will sustain forever. If the government provides a peaceful atmosphere to live and stable conditions to sustain for these Rohingya Muslims, it will negatively affect the tranguility of Myanmar. That’s what keeps the government stays silent on the issue.
South African outspoken Archbishop Desmond Tutu urged Aung Sang SuuKyi to intervene in the crisis. “I am now elderly, decrepit and formally retired, but breaking my vow to remain silent on public affairs out of profound sadness,” he writes in an open letter to his ‘beloved younger sister’ SuuKyi that was