- The Centre refused to revise its stance on deporting Rohingya immigrants from India.
- What is the present-day situation?
- Rohingya are being forced to flee the violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
- The Minister of State for Home Affairs informed Parliament that 40,000 Rohingya are yet to be deported.
- The Government of India has returned to an idea of hard state, dropping its dreams of compassion, care and civility.
- Most persecuted minority
- Rohingya are the world’s most persecuted minority
- They are Muslims belonging to the Sunni sect, scattered mainly over the Rakhine state of Myanmar.
- Harassed by the Myanmar Army and forced to serve as slave labor, they have been systematically persecuted by the Buddhist majority.
- They were denied an autonomous cultural status.
- They lost all claims to the entitlements of citizenship.
- They were denied access to health, education and also any claim to the idea of citizenship.
An unhurried exodus
- Persecuted by the army and the Buddhist majority, they began a slow exodus over India, Bangladesh, spreading to States such as Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, moving as far as Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
- The Rohingya then attempted to cross into Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia
- It is still unclear whether Rohingya are refugees or illegal migrants.
- Refugees become a target for an informal economy of bonded labour.
Being inhuman or just practical?
- On August 18, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued a notice to the government over its plan to deport Rohingya staying illegally in India
- However, despite all the efforts by the NHRC the decision stands
- The government has the obligation to protect and harbor anybody during difficult times, no matter they are a group of refuge, however it also holds a bigger responsibility to safeguard the interests of its citizens first.