Not only in Bharat, refugees and migrants all around the world have created problems for the natives. Is it not a warning?
Dr. Pramod Pathak
After Prime Minister vouched for the integrity of Myanmar during his recent visit and the NDA Government’s firm stand on sending back 40,000 Rohingyas spread all over the country, the debate on giving asylum to more immigrants acquired different dimensions. Should they be given the refugee status? The Western seculars and the Muslim lobby are fully backing the refugees. The MP from Malegaon in Maharashtra, a troubled city with the substantial Muslim population, has offered to support 10,000 Rohingyas. Many of them are offering historical evidence and with hype on the culture of tolerance and treating refugees as honoured guests. But these pro-refugee people are not stating the fact that except the Muslim invaders, all others, Shakas, Hunas got assimilated, while Parsis and Jews became part of the socio-cultural ethos.
Should Rohingyas be shown compassion and accepted as refugees? As far as compassion is concerned, ideally it should be unconditional. At times there is need to put conditions. One such example is that of Parsis. They sought refuge with Rana king in Gujrat. Initially, when Rana received emissaries from Parsi boat people, he sent a glass of milk. It was a subtle gesture. They sent it back putting some jaggery, making it sweet. This too was a subtle way of replying that we will assimilate in your kingdom adding sweetness. However Rana put a few conditions, such as the refugees will have to speak the local language, they will have to dress as per the local customs, they will not wield weapons etc. The wise Rana had the security of his people and kingdom in mind. He offered conditional compassion. Parsis have absolutely lived up to that promise till today. Their immense contribution to all the walks of life is beyond comparison. On the contrary, there was Prithviraj Chauhan, who let go Muhammad Ghori unpunished two times. At the third time, it was his fate to be captured and killed. In Maratha history, Shivaji the Great’s general, Praptarao Gurjar offered clemency to Bahalol Khan, in turn when Bahalol Khan attacked Prataprao was slain in a skirmish. In the recent past Indiraji after 1971 war let go 90,000 Pak PoWs without even a single officer getting booked for heinous crimes committed on Bengali Hindus and Muslims. They went back and created ISI. We are suffering prolonged bleeding conflict. It continues to take a toll. These are the cases of unconditional compassion. Possibly in the case of individuals who have no criminal background, unconditional compassion could be accepted on humanitarian grounds. Do Rohingyas deserve unconditional compassion?
Ever since Myanmar people have shown outrage against Rohingya Muslims, there have been reports only of persecution of Rohingyas. The local Buddhists, monks included, were painted as villains and rogues. Are the Rohingyas that innocent? After the Myanmar army attacked Rohingya terrorist groups, the fissiparous tendencies among the Rohingyas got highlighted.
The fissiparous tendencies among the Rohingyas date back to 1940s when they attempted Rakhine state to merge with East Pakistan. Since then there has been low-intensity insurgency from the local Muslim groups. They were trained in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The local Mullahdome, trained in Saudi Arabia justify the campaign against Myanmar security forces as legal in Islam. Anyone opposing it is deemed to be opposing Islam. It is considered logical among Mullahdom to brand another person a kafir and justify killing, be it Sunnis, Shias, Ahmadis and the rest of others. On the lines of terrorist organisation Harquat- ul- Ansar in J&K, Rohingyas formed Harkat al-Yakin. Their agendas run parallel with financial input from Saudis and Arabs of various shades. Rohingyas must have developed an intense hatred for idolater Buddhists. Who will guarantee about Rohingyas, taking refuge in Bharat, will not get radicalised against Hindus here? They not only infringe on the rights of Bharatiya citizens but also pose grave security challenges. They will alter the demographic pattern leading to social turmoil. Some time back there was a report that Rohingyas have been able to procure Aadhar cards and ration cards. This is a typical vote bank politics that is played in Bharat. There have so far been no reports of the card issuing Babus being booked along with Rohingya culprits. We have a host of Jayachands active at various levels.
Mind of Muslim Refugees
Not only in Bharat, refugees and migrants to Europe, have succumbed to the ISIS propaganda. Thousands of Muslim youth from Europe flocked to fight for ISIS. There were home grown terrorists killing innocents after radicalisation. What triggers the feeling of hatred against the very people who willingly came forward to give asylum to the refugees and migrants? Why at all Australia has made it compulsory for the Muslim refugees to accept the Australian social and national values like adopting English language, Christianity as the State religion, Democracy as the political system? Why were they housed on a remote island? It was for the very same reasons that Government here has decided to deport Rohingya refugees.
It becomes imperative to understand the mindset of these refugees. One dominating feeling these refugees develop is that of hatred towards Kafirs–infidels. So if the refugees are to be considered for accommodating on a temporary basis, the first condition should be that they will not consider anybody, in particular, the Hindus and other religious people, kafirs. They will have to overcome their kafir phobia. In fact, in the day today, none should be considered as a Kafir. Let them pledge that they will not consider any land as Dar ul-Harb, the land of non-Muslim enemies. They should do away with belief in Dar ul-Islam ruled by a Caliph. This comes in the way of Islamic societies in the world to accept national identity. Each Rohingya who seeks refuge has to be given above orientation beforehand. Each of them should report to the local police station quarterly.
Under any condition, they should not attempt to procure the Aadhaar card or ration card. If caught for having any of these IDs, there will be immediate deportation, whatever be the consequences. That will deter these Rohingyas to go for these cards by hook or by crook.
(The writer is a scholar of Comparative Religions)