Rohingyas – “There is no Home or Hope for us”

Rohingya Muslims cry as Border Guard Bangladesh (old photo.. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain)

Rohingyas are the muslim ethnic community mainly concentrated in the Rakhine state of Myanmar. Since 1980 they were deprived of any governmental assistance and excluded from the mainstream society. There were frequent clashes between Myanmar Army and Rohingyas. Recently Myanmar Army had unleashed brutal force on Rohingya claiming that Arkan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) had killed its personnel.

Poor and weak Rohingyas were unable to bear the torture from Myanmar army and they started to migrate to the nearest countries. As a result there was a mass exodus of people from Myanmar into Bangladesh. Even Bangladesh trying to prevent them from entering into their country by strengthening their borders. In Spite of this attempt nearly 1,50,000 Rohingya reached Bangladesh and most of them were taking shelter in Cox Bazar region. There was severe criticism on Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar for her inability to resolve the humanitarian crisis.

While the Rohingyas were trying to run away from Myanmar, which they consider as a hell.. Indian government is trying to deport nearly 40,000 Rohingyas back to Myanmar, who are ready to get persecuted once they step into that country. Union Minister Kiren Rijiju had stated that “Rohingyas are illegal immigrants and they need to be sent back to their home country”. Every one is viewing this act of government as inhumanitarian one. India has welcomed many refugees in the past but now we have to consider the future challenges that the Rohingya community poses. In Assam too people who migrated from Bangladesh settled there, and with the passage of time their number increased creating a feeling of insecurity among natives. As a result clashes occurred between them resulting in violence and several deaths. In addition to this security reason also forces Indian government to deport Rohingyas.

At times it is hard for us to give precedence for our country over humanity and that is what had happened in the case of Rohingyas too. India had done its part in helping Rohingyas and the government should not be criticised for its wise choices.