Myanmar - Hijacking Sympathy
A huge humanitarian crisis is playing out in South Asia with barely a whimper, globally. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims are crossing over into Bangladesh with the Myanmar Army having launched an operation in the Rakhine province. They are living in the most precarious condition without adequate food, medicine or basic comforts. The chances of epidemic are increasing by the day.. India is already burdened with nearly 40,000 Rohingya Muslims of whom only 16500 are registered with UNHCR. India has stated that it is keen to deport all of them as they are a security risk.
The Government of India wants a political solution to the ongoing crisis since Bangladesh is facing a terrible strain in accommodating and feeding the refugees on 2000 hectares of land allotted for the Rohingyas by Bangladesh.
The entry of Muslims into Burma was mainly from countries like Turkey, Persia, Arab, China and India particularly from East Bengal. They were mostly travellers, traders, sailors, pioneers, adventurers, and war prisoners. The current Muslim population in Burma is therefore the descendents of Arab, Persian, Turks, Moors, Pathans, Pakistanis, Chinese, Malays and Bangladeshis.
Buddhism, which is professed by about 89% of country’s various ethnic groups like Burmans, Karen, Shan, Rakhine and Mon – has more or less not only become a part of their national identity but it is also the state religion. Various reports suggest that due to certain historical, social, political and cultural problems, the Muslim minority remained alienated from the national mainstream which occasionally led to communal riots.
Myanmar argued, the rohingyas are not rightful citizens of budhist-majority. Through the power of a globally resurgent Islam falsely trying to hijack the worlds minority sympathy.
Nyan win, one spokesperson said - we ask the international community to acknowledge that these Muslims are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and that this crisis is an infringement of our sovereignty.
MP from Rathedaung township said – Bengalis Rohingyas are brutally attacked and killed. It is impossible to live together in the future. Village in Myanmar(file photo)