The most recent spate of violence in Myanmar’s south-western Rakhine state broke out on August 25, when Rohingya militants attacked local security forces, killing at least 71 personnel. The attack mirrored a similar one in October last year that killed nine border police personnel. This attack of August 25 also announced to the world the coming of age of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, a terror outfit led by Ata Ullah, a Rohingya man born in Karachi and brought up in Mecca. But that is not the insurgency’s only Pakistan connection. Myanmarese, Bangladeshi and Indian intelligence agencies have found Pakistan’s terror groups hiring Rohingyas from Bangladesh’s refugee camps, training and arming them. Groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba are already out for shopping. Against this backdrop, it is not just wise but urgent for India to deport 40,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees, whom it has identified as illegal immigrants. There is a clear and present social, economic and security danger. And if India does not set down the rules of the game right now, it will be difficult to argue against and stop influx later. There are an estimated one million Rohingyas living in Myanmar, and up to another million refugees abroad. The majority are Muslim while a minority are Hindu. Described by the United Nations in 2013 as a persecuted community, the Rohingya population are denied citizenship under the 1982 Burmese citizenship law, which restricts full citizenship to British Indian migrants who settled after 1823. Nearly 400,000 refugees belonging to the Rohingya minority ethnic group have fled Myanmar for neighbouring Bangladesh. According to reports, the central government had claimed that illegal immigrants like Rohingyas pose grave security challenges as they may be recruited by terror groups. The Union home ministry also noted that the rise of terrorism in last few decades has become a serious concern for most nations as illegal migrants are more vulnerable to getting recruited by terrorist organisations. In this perspective, I believe the Myanmar government and army are doing the right thing. At least they have learnt from the experiences of other countries with similar situations. India did a mistake years ago when it should have taken a decision. My only regret is that the process can be more peaceful. But then practically, sometimes violence is the only language that resisting people understand. Short-term bad name is better than a long-term chaos regime.
The very fact that a majority of Rohingyas have settled in and around Jammu points towards a design, a conspiracy. The BJP dominates the Jammu region, while PDP and NC are mainly the Valley-based parties. If Rohingyas are allowed to settle in Jammu, it will change the demography of the region to the disadvantage of the BJP. This is the reason why all Muslim parties and their supporters like Congress are hell-bent on opposing the government move to deport them. Furthermore, why were these refugees settled in Jammu and Ladakh during UPA rule when Kashmiri Hindus were driven out of Kashmir to become refugees in their own country? Why is separatist Hurriyat protesting against deportation of Rohingyas from Jammu? Reported training of Rohingyas by LeT and JeM is the answer. Also India must learn lesson from European countries, where Muslim refugees have created serious law and order problems. Here a pertinent question is worth asking: Why do the so-called liberals and pseudo-secular parties of India not welcome Taslima Nasrin as refugee? Because this does not suit their Muslim vote politics. So, these people should stop shedding crocodiles tear for Rohingiya Muslims. People fall for the cards being played in this dirty game. Rohingyas are trying to infiltrate into other nations and as far as India is concerned, it should never allow any refugee enter its territory, since history has been the biggest proof of what will happen if we do that. Giving too much liberty to outside people will hurt us like what is happening in West Bengal or north-eastern states now and spreading fast to other areas–creating slums and anti-social communities. We may easily blame the government, but the issue is with the mindset of the so-called liberals, who try to be too soft with such people. They forget the cruel tactics of certain communities, which play the victim card, but enter their territory and then strike terror like how it has been going on in many European countries for the past few years. Strictly, no more refugees please. We have enough Kashmiri Pandits to save here, no more space or patience for more.
By Deepak Kumar Rath