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Hindus Massacred in Myanmar shows how Religious Persecution is Practiced in Muslim Dominant Regions

The large cohorts of writers or propagandists are now finding reasons and means under the sky to gloss over the criminalities of radicalized Rohingyas. How could we close our eyes of the sensibility that the people whose hands are stained with the blood of the Hindus Massacred in Rakhine, and the psyche overwhelmed with the hatred for others will not pose a serious security threat to India?

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Hindu villagers react as they identify the bodies of their relatives found in a mass in the north of Myanmar's Rakhine state
Hindu villagers react as they identify the bodies of their relatives found in a mass grave in Rakhine state of Myanmar. voa

– Salil Gewali

A profuse amount of tears that certain people shed for only a certain community makes us more apprehensive than appreciative. Yes, this group of people just remains silent at the suffering of certain others – even though it is against the call of humanity. And, some others just pretentiously show a token of concern just to hide from the public what they truly are.

Many intellectuals almost lost their sanity and began to beat their breasts when the BJP, only to make good their election manifesto, proposed to give shelters to the “aggrieved Hindus” of Bangladesh. It was a humane act keeping in view the fact that Hindus have for ages been inhumanely tortured and murdered by the majority in other countries.

The sharp decline in the population in the past few decades reveals that there must have been hard religious persecution against the Hindu in Bangladesh. But very sadly, the Hindus massacred in our immediate neighbouring state usually never evoke a bit of sympathy of our leaders, nor of so-called elites, and the media.

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A Hindu woman in Myanmar. Wikimedia

Many such instances of the persecution not even get mentioned in the Indian news media. We only get to hear that sad news from the far-off BBC, ‘The Guardian’ or ‘Huffington Post’, or from our FB friends abroad.

Tulsi Gibbered, the US member of the Democratic Party, raised this issue of religious prosecution in Bangladesh too many times but it was not considered newsworthy or discussed at all by the mainstream media of India.

Behold, this very group with devious agenda now rather want to welcome Rohingyas of Myanmar to India. Some are even pretentiously digging into the magnanimity of Hindu ethos and proudly quote Swami Vivekananda, “The Rohingyas conundrum” (ST, 28th Sept). Some others insidiously play the part of propagandists through their regular letters and articles to drive home the point.

No wonder, for some political leaders the mass exodus of Rohingyas from the Rakhine province of Myanmar has come as a windfall.  So, they are rolling out the red-carpet and providing the citizenship underhand. Indeed, it’s always one’s greatness to soothe one’s painful sore. India has poured out its kindness on our Tibetan refugees for which they always express their heartfelt gratitude in return.

But this time with Rohingyas I am quite sceptical. Instead of gratitude, we might receive a barrage of bullets in due course of time. Many pockets of West Bengal have already witnessed such instances of ingratitude.

But our fellow friend from Kolkata never discusses that. Can one guarantees that those Rohingyas, who are responsible for Hindus massacred in Rakhine also abducted and forced many to convert at a gunpoint, will not be the cause of nightmares for Indians in future? Three mass graves of Hindus in Rakhine gave a new turn to the sorrowful saga of deported refugees from Myanmar? This sacred land of India has long been battered by many subversive forces, from outside and within.

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Houses are on fire in northern Rakhine state, Myanmar. (source: VOA)

I am afraid, these large cohorts of writers or propagandists are now finding reasons and means under the sky to gloss over the criminalities of radicalized Rohingyas.

I further argue, how we could close the eyes of the sensibility that the people whose hands are stained with the blood of the Hindus Massacred in Rakhine, and the psyche overwhelmed with the hatred for others will not pose a serious security threat to India?

True, had it not been “indoctrination of hate” against others, as unearthed and noticed in several instances across the world already, the issue of refugees’ resettlement would have been pretty different, and charitably pleasant too, be it Rohingyan or Syrian… The naive and heartlessly deported population would have obeyed “their own instinct” and would have “loved their neighbors” in gratitude who offered them shelters – irrespective of faiths and nationalities of the benevolent!

One does not disagree that this world is “one home” in which we all should live together as the children of one Almighty. This is the very fundamental basis of India’s ethos and one of its principle spiritual teachings. So, in view of the distress of our fellow brothers, how badly one wishes that we citizens of this planet hummed in one rhyme that we have “several paths” to one Almighty. Then this Earth would have looked like a lush landscape with varied colors of peaceful peoples living in perfect harmony. But, this never has happened. What’s too lamentable is that in this age of advanced science each individual faith still claims its “exclusivity” to reach the doorway to heaven.

The rational approaches to God are just pooh-poohed. Has this “exclusivity to meet God” through “ONLY ONE PATH” not taken the toll on the whole edifice of the humanity? Has it not literally demolished the possibility of the peaceful co-existence and mutual respect?

Thus, now one just become too apprehensive even if we want to exercise our magnanimity because the religions themselves are playing a foul game. Lastly, the history warns us that the genuine show of compassion and love has unmistakably met with enmity, intolerance, and bloodshed. Shall we still import trouble and bring misery to the people here?

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter @SGewali

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Report: Conditions in Myanmar Not Safe for Return of Rohingya Refugees

Myanmar has presented Bangladesh with a list of more than 1,200 verified displaced persons who repeatedly expressed their desire to return, he said

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FILE - Rohingya Muslims, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, wait in queues to receive aid at Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, Nov. 15, 2017. VOA

Conditions in Myanmar are far too dangerous for the safe, dignified return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have fled to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, to escape violence and persecution in their home country, according to a report by the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

More than 730,000 Rohingya refugees are living in squalid, overcrowded camps in Cox’s Bazar.  While conditions in Bangladesh remain dire, U.N. officials say the situation in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state is worse and far more threatening.

U.N. Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore presented the report to the U.N. council. She says Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine state face serious discrimination, and continuous, systematic violations of their fundamental rights and freedoms.

“We continue to receive and can verify reports from a variety of sources, including reports on sexual and gender-based violence, that human rights violations continue, allegedly committed by members of the security forces,” Gilmore said. “The conditions conducive for refugee return simply do not exist.”

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Rohingya Muslims, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, wade past a waterlogged path leading to the Jamtoli refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh. VOA

Security forces attacked and burned Rohingya homes and shops in several townships in May, Gilmore reported. She said her office has received reports of disappearances, and of people being subjected to torture and other forms of abuse in detention.

In addition, she said, Rohingya Muslims are denied basic services to health, education and jobs, and many have been stripped of their property and identity papers, essentially rendering them stateless.

Gilmore called on the Myanmar government to reverse this situation and to end the statelessness of the Rohingya. She said it is unlikely the refugees will return to their place of origin until their citizenship status is recognized.

Reaction in Myanmar

Myanmar’s Ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva, Kyaw Moe Tun, says human rights awareness is promoted throughout his country. He called the U.N. report misleading, incomplete and full of unverified allegations that distort the truth.

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Displaced Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine. Wikimedia Commons

The repatriation process must begin as soon as possible to resolve the humanitarian situation, he said, adding that Myanmar has been ready to receive people since January 2018, when his country and Bangladesh signed a repatriation agreement.

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Myanmar has presented Bangladesh with a list of more than 1,200 verified displaced persons who repeatedly expressed their desire to return, he said.

Earlier this year, Bangladesh’s Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque told the U.N. Security Council “not a single Rohingya has volunteered to return to Rakhine due to the absence of conducive environment there.” (VOA)