Sunday, December 20, 2015

Shame on India for ignoring the plight of the Rohingya Muslims

The Rohingyas are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. In recent years, thousands of Rohingyas have fled their country fearing for their lives.
As persecuted Rohingya Muslims flee Myanmar, some of them have also found their way into Assam in north-east India. Official sources said that so far 28 Rohingya Muslims have been apprehended in Assam and they are currently being lodged in detention camps.
The six detention camps – Goalpara, Kokrajhar, Sibsagar, Dibrugarh, Jorhat and Tezpur – currently have 490 inmates, of which 163 are Hindus and 372 Muslims.


These numbers once again show that while a vast majority of the Rohingyas are Muslims, a sizeable minority of Hindus also exist amongst them.
The ethnic Rohingyas of Myanmar’s west coast are considered one of the most persecuted groups in the world. Three years ago, religious persecution of the Rohingya Muslims at the hand of the racist and bigots within the Rakhine Buddhist community, who make up the majority of the population, escalated into internal displacement of more than 140,000 Rohingyas and death of many.
Frequent flare-ups of violence, backed by militant Buddhist groups, have forced thousands of Rohingya Muslims into camps; unwanted in the country many have called home for generations. Rejected everywhere they seek safety, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people are now living in limbo across Southeast Asia.
Meanwhile, the Assam government has sought some “clarification” from the Central government on the notification regularizing stay of minority migrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh.
“The Central government has sent the notification to the State government. We have sought some clarifications before it can be implemented,” said a senior Home department official. Implementation of the notification would mean that the 163 Hindu migrants lodged in the detention camps would be set free.

The news above is disturbing in that what about the fate of Muslim Rohingyas in the detention camp? Are they going to rot in the detention camps simply because of their Muslim faith?
As I have noted a few times secular India has been transforming into an Hindutvadi state, much like what Myanmar has become for its Buddhist majority. And it is a sad development to see religious discrimination against the most persecuted minority! Shame on India!

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