It is said that anybody without identity becomes nobody. Rohingya Muslims are facing similar crises in Myanmar, a Buddhist majority country. In Myanmar’s Rakhine state, they have been living for generations and are in majority there. However of late, administration has deprived them of citizenship rights and subjected them to severe violence. This creates a big problem for the neighbouring countries.
Rohingyas’ migration to Bangladesh can be comprehensible because they basically belong to Chittagong area and had migrated to Burma long ago. But moving into India and seeking citizenship rights of this country is certainly an outrageous demand. Liberals are demanding India’s patronage to Rohingyas but the realities and facts can’t approve their ‘excessive’ demands on this issue particularly.
How can India bear another influx of masses from other country, as it is itself reeling under the pressure of over population; 130 crore plus population? Anticipating future repercussions, Indian government decided to deport the Rohingyas, more than 40,000 of whom are living in different cities. The matter further reached the Supreme Court of India which directed the Centre over deportation stand. One counter-petition filed by Govindacharya, commends the Centre’s move to deport Rohingyas as allowing them to stay put in India may lead to another partition of the country.
Actually, all the Rohingyas arrived here by illegally crossing the porous borders of India. Severe incidents of violence with Buddhist community in 2012 led to the persecution of Rohingya Muslims. Resultantly, they began migrating in big numbers to India also. Migrating into India becomes a big concern for us as their rapidly increasing population makes local population apprehensive. More than 6,000 Rohingyas are living in Jammu alone where their population is increasing at a fast pace as more refugees join them every month. Supports from Kashmir’s separatist leaders approve the apprehension among the locals in India.
Historically, India remained lenient towards refugees. More than one lakh Tibetan refugees live in India for decades. Apart from them, Afghani and Sri Lankan refugees have been given shelter and protection in India. But, the illegally entered Rohingyas’ case is totally different as they are inhabitants of Myanmar, not India. The Myanmar government is the sole accountable body to redress Rohingyas’ problems under the guidance of the United Nations. Hence, the international bodies should put a pressure on Myanmar to provide Rohingyas all the citizenship rights.