Philip wrote:The Ro issue is being misunderstood by the "fog of the propaganda war".One needs to examine it in a historical perspective first,before jumping to conclusions as most are doing in India. The Ros have been living in Burma for around 6-8 centuries-all were originally of Aryo-Indian origin. The borders of modern Burma/Myanmar,India,BDesh,etc. were very different centuries ago,pl remember this fundamental fact. various tribes,ethnic groups settle down in regions were they held sway.The Kurds in the ME a prime example,straddling Turkey,Iran and Iraq-demanding their own sep. state.
British colonialism,like the invaders of India from the NWest millennia and centuries ago,,saw empires rise and fall and their kingdoms' boundaries change too.During this time,even the religious nature of these kingdoms/regions changed.Islam entered the sub-continent as the religion of the invaders/ruling elite, unlike a more peaceful conquest of the heart through Buddhism and Hinduism in the ASEAN /Asian region.. The British brought their missionaries too,but they were more service-oriented ,hoping to win hearts and souls through service,unlike the Portugese who came with "the cross and sword",and their "convert or die" policy.The Dutch came primarily to trade and make money "law book and ledger",the Brits with their variant of the caste/class system,"cricket and the clubs",saw to dividing nations upon ethno-religious lines culminating in that greatest of historical conspiracies and diabolic intent,the partition of India on religious grounds,affecting hundreds of millions and deaths incalcuable.
Burma;s failure to resolve after independence the ethno-religious fault lines ,plus a pro-nationalist agenda throwing out Indians (twice) and "aliens" to their Buddhist way of doing things,was also affected by the events of WW2,where the Japanese invaded the country.There was great displacement of people,suffering,etc. The massive influence of Buddhism historically can still be seen in the thousands of Buddhist temples all over the country,esp. at Pagan,etc. Thus like Sri Lanka,Buddhism and the interests of the majority Buddhist population in Burma became the priorities post-independence just
as it was in SL. Islam unfortunately is a militant religion unlike Hinduism,and the growing militancy in the Ros/Rakhine region produced inter-communal clashes that festered on like a diabetic sore. The current global agenda of the Islamic fundoos has affected almost every nation.and those with exg. tensions/conflict increased in intensity with funding from the Saudis/Wahaabi would-be's from the Gulf to Pak. Burma has also just emerged from the dark shadows of a mil. junta ruling the roost for decades. One must also remember that Suu's father was a mil-man and that accommodating the mil. junta is a necessity for Burma to limp back to a normal democracy. The continuing terror attacks against the men in unfirm had its inevitable consequences.This is the real disease.The symptoms are the refugee crisis.
Refugees in their tens of thousands fleeing into BDesh,India and in smaller numbers elsewhere are the symptoms. Yes,they bring with them heir baggage of ethnicity,grievances ,etc. however,most fleeing are women,children and those elderly who could make it across. This is a humanitarian issue and as far as we are concerned,historically have welcomed those in distress from Jews,Parsis/Zoroastrians,Iranis later,Tibetans,E-Pak Bengalis in '71 (10 million!!),SL Tamil refugees ,sev.lakhs.So why the angst against the Ros? Were not some of the SL refugees pro-LTTE? Did some not involve themselves in anti-Indian activities when on our soil? Rajiv was also assassinated by SL operatives in TNadu. We canot adopt double-stds. on this issue.Humanitarian issues must be dealt with humanely.More on this later.
Nevertheless,what the GOI should do is to eliminate the chances of those Ros who are in India from getting ensnared by pro-Islamic jihadis ,both desi and Paki.,who have but one aim,the de-stabilisation of India.It is appalling that thousands of Ros have been allowed to enter and squat in J&K,the most sensitive state in India,daily under Paki assault through terror,etc. When Kashmirir Pandits,the original inhabitants of the state aren;t being encouraged by the state govt,. to go back to their homes and lands,Ros can freely enter J&K ?! This is simply unacceptable.They MUST be rounded up and humanely sent to camps close to the Burmese border. Those found guilty of involving themselves with terror outfits sholdl face the music,instant deportation or prosecution in India as well.
The GOI can deal with the refugee influx two ways.Prevent as much ingress of refugees. (There appears to be a drop recently perhaps due to the lessening of violence in the Rak region,after Burma has been international condemned) by better border management, and moving those who've ingressed into camps close-by,for a swift return to Burma/Rak when the situ improves. SL refugees have in large numbers returned to the island after the end of the war after living here for 2-3 decades. The Ros can be rehabilitated in Burma even faster. Those never wanting to go back MUST be absorbed as immigrants by the Islamic nations of the rich ME,like the Saudis,Gulfies,etc.,and other hyper-ventilating nations both Islamic and western,like Britain.They must put their money where their mouth is .
While the Ros are in India,let's be humane and assist them (with much promised UN help) which is our national characteristic.Let India display to the world real humanity not lip service that the west often displays.Working together with teh burmese govt. we should also ensure that the return of the Ros happens sooner rather than later.Indo-Burma.BDesh cooperation can resolve the issue without the need for firang interlopers and "NGO do-gooders",generally firang agent provocateurs.
Good write up saar, only issue is that rohingyas are foreign muslims who may be very indifferent as far as love for india is concerned.