Why should India have to take care of the Rohingya Muslims of Bangladeshi origin who had illegally infiltrated Myanmar and proliferated to an extent that the native Buddhists are feeling troubled?
Dr T H Chowdary
Sri Syed Munir Khasru (Chairman, The Institute for Policy, Advocacy and Governance, Dhaka) writing in a newspaper lamented that India is indifferent to the plight of Muslim Rohingyas being expelled from Myanmar. He referred to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) of the United Nations, which is adopted by almost all members of the UN, including India. He did not mention that in contrast to the UDHR, more than 50 Muslim countries in the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) had come out with an Islamic Declaration of Human Rights (IDHR), obviously suggesting that Muslims are different from other human beings. Islam is a transnational religion and Muslims belong to a borderless Umma. If the more than 50 Islamic countries with a separate Declaration of Human Rights of their own and holding that Muslims belong to a borderless worldwide Umma, cannot take a few thousand Muslim Rohingyas, how does he expect that India, which is home to 30 million Bangladeshi Muslims and to another tens of millions of Hindus and Sikhs expelled from Pakistan, to look after them? Why should India have to take care of the Rohingya Muslims of Bangladeshi origin who had illegally infiltrated into Myanmar and proliferated to such an extent that the local native Buddhists are feeling troubled by them and they are therefore being expelled? Like the Rakhine district in Arakan province of Myanmar is flooded by Bangla’s Muslim Rohingyas, some districts in Assam and West Bengal have also seen the illegal entry of the Bangla’s Muslims and have become Muslim majority.
It should be noted that Muslim organisations in Delhi and Hyderabad are playing host to thousands of these Rohingya Muslims of Bangladeshi origin and helping them fraudulently get identification and ration cards and also Indian citizenship by marrying into local Muslim families .
Is it not curious that Bangladesh, a Muslim country from where the Hindu, Buddhist population has been reduced from 35% in 1947 to 7% by now by decades -long discrimination and oppression is itself least concerned for the settlement of Bangladesh-origin Rohingya Muslims expelled from Myanmar. Also, consider the fact that the Muslims from Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and other Muslim countries, affected by the civil war between Salafi Sunni ISIS and a predominantly Shia Syrian government is not going to any Muslim countries to their Umma but deliberately (sometimes, very hazardously) flooding Christians’ Europe. Not one country of the OIC is inviting them.
It appears that Muslims have an overriding right to enter and settle in any country and all non-Muslim countries have got the obligation to host them and look after them.
(The writer is a Hyderabad-based analyst)