The Rohingya individuals are a Muslim minority gathering, firmly identified with the Sunni Muslims, dwelling in the Rakhine territory of Myanmar. They are viewed as “stateless substances” and are among the most oppressed individuals on the planet. The Rohingya are thought to be illicit Bengali outsiders from Bangladesh and are in this manner denied acknowledgment as a religion by the legislature of Myanmar. They are not perceived as one of the ethnic gatherings of the nation and get no legitimate insurance from the legislature. The 1982 Citizenship Law denies the Rohingya Muslims citizenship regardless of the general population living there for eras.
The contentions started in 2012, the primary episode was the point at which a gathering of Rohingya men were blamed for assaulting and murdering a Buddhist lady. The Buddhist patriots struck back by ruthlessly slaughtering and consuming Rohingya homes. Individuals from everywhere throughout the world began calling this emergency and carnage “a crusade of ethnic purging.” The Rohingyas were put in internment camps and today there are still more than 120,000 still housed there. The general population in Myanmar additionally confront across the board destitution, with more than 78 percent of the families living underneath the neediness line. With the greater part of the families living in such wretched conditions, pressures between the Rohingya and alternate religious gatherings have detonated into strife.
In early 2015 more than 40 Rohingya Muslims were massacred in the village of Du Chee Yar Tan by locals, the U.N. confirmed. The findings included 10 severed heads in a water tank, including those of children. According to Reuters, more than 140,000 of the estimated 1,100,000 Rohingya Muslims have been forced to seek shelter in displacement camps following the 2012 Rakhine State Riots. To escape the systemic violence, an estimated 100,000 have fled the camps since.
To escape their dire circumstances, the Rohingya illegaly enter South East Asian countries begging for humanitarian support from potential host countries.India, however, has taken extraordinary efforts to stay on Myanmar’s good side and has resisted any show of sympathy to the Rohingya people. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed concern over “extremist violence” in Rakhine state.
On September 7, 2017 Kiren Rijiju, Junior Home Minister,even went so far as to say “All the Rohingya refugees are illegal immigrants and will be deported back.” The statement invited criticism from United Nations and in response, he said “India has the highest number of refugees in the entire world, hence India doesn’t need a lecture on refugee crisis and management.” Talk of deporting Rohingya refugees are due to the sectarian pull of domestic politics. Concerns were raised about the possible upset of the demography, by the Hindu majority.
So now the question arises, what stand should India take on it? Should it follow its motto of “Atithi Devo Bhava” or simply not accept those refugees because they could create more imbalance in the society? Perhaps compassion is the need of the hour right now. But hey, who are we to decide?