Carlos Sardina Galache has done a great job analyzing President Obama's recent trip to Burma (Myanmar). He says, "For decades, the regime has been fostering ethno-racial hatred against Rohingya Muslims to deflect the majority’s attention away from the myriad political and economic problems plaguing the Burmese population and to pit the staunchly nationalistic Arakanese against an enemy other than the central government.
General Ne Win’s regime rendered the Rohingya stateless in 1982, when the government passed a law that denied the group citizenship by alleging that they were not one of the 135 ethnic groups that lived in Burma before the first Anglo-Burmese war of 1824. This is a hotly contested point among scholars, but there are references as early as 1820 to the “Rooinga” as the “Mahommedans who have been long settled” in Arakan."
Several of my own articles have shown that there is absolutely no doubt that Rohingyas are the descendants of the original inhabitants of Arakan who had settled hundreds of years before the Rakhine Buddhists settled there. The British inquiry report of 1940 also mentions that they were indigenous to Arakan and cannot be considered Indian immigrants who had temporarily settled in Burma during the British occupation of Burma.
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