Welcome The Refugee: 

Welcome The Refugee:

Context:

  • India’s stand on the deportation of the Rohingya refugee.

Introduction:

  • Germany welcomed the refugees from Syria in 2015.
  • It dramatically increased Germany’s prestige and stature in the world.

Where the Rohingyas belong to?

  • The Rohingyas are the world’s most persecuted ethnic Muslim community.
  • They have lived in the Rakhine province of Myanmar.
  • They are about 1 million in numbers.

What is the Rohingyas crisis in Myanmar?

  • The Myanmar Army has used attacks (through the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army) to launch ever widening crackdowns on the Rohingya.
  • Recently, tens of thousands have fled Rakhine and crossed the border into Bangladesh.

What is India’s stand on the Rohingyas?

  • As per the government’s statement; it is planning to deport all Rohingyas who already live in this country.

What was India’s attitude towards refugees from neighboring countries in the past?

  • India accepted Tibetans, East Pakistanis, and Sri Lankans in the past.

Criticism:

  • India should welcome the Rohingyas irrespective of their religion.
  • Any suspected link of radicalized Rohingyas with a global terrorist group should be validated by the intelligence and security agencies.
  • Although India is not a signatory to the 1951 United Nations Convention on the Status of Refugees; it should act cautiously considering its big power aspirations.
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