ROHINGYASʼ DE­POR­TA­TION

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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.

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