Barred By Muslim Countries, Rohingya Muslims Sneaking Into India – Analysis


Mr.Tomas Ojea Quintana, a UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, completed on August 4,2012, a six-day visit to Myanmar to study allegations of violations of the human rights of its ethnic minorities and Rohingya Muslims by the military regime that was in power for nearly five decades. He has called for the establishment of a Truth Commission to investigate these allegations.

The Myanmar Government reportedly allowed him to visit the Rakhine State ( previously called the Arakan State) on the Bangladesh border for a day. The Rakhine State was recently the scene of violent clashes between its local Buddhist population and the Rohingya Muslims, in which about 80 persons were killed. A large number of people belonging to both communities have been driven out of their homes and are living in refugee camps.

Burma - India Relations
Burma – India Relations

The Myanmar Army and civilian political leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi, do not recognise the Rohingyas as an ethnic group of Myanmar as claimed by the Rohingyas. They look upon them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh who, in the past, had joined hands with indigenous Arakanese Muslims for the creation of an independent Arakan State. They are also concerned over their alleged links with the Bangladesh branch of the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HUJI), which had joined the International Islamic Front for Jihad Against the Crusaders and the Jewish People formed by Osama bin Laden in 1998. The HUJI of Bangladesh, identified as HUJI(B), has many Rohingya and Arakanese Muslim members some of whom were taken by it to Afghanistan via Pakistan for fighting along with the Taliban before 9/11.

The Myanmar Army and civilian leaders are not prepared to allow the Rohingyas to settle down in their territory adjoining Bangladesh. They have been saying they should either go back to Bangladesh or should be re-settled in the Muslim countries of South-East Asia. Neither Malaysia nor Indonesia nor Brunei is prepared to let them in. Bangladesh is not prepared to take them back lest they pose a threat to its national and economic security.

In recent weeks, helicopter gunships of the Bangladesh Armed Forces have been allegedly bombing boats carrying Rohingyas fleeing from refugee camps in the Rakhine State in order to prevent their re-entry into Bangladesh.

As a result, small numbers of Rohingyas are believed to have started sneaking into India. One does not know how they are coming—by boats or by the land route via Mizoram or Manipur. If this is not stopped immediately, the trickle might gather force and momentum adding to our internal security problems and aggravating communal tension.

Next to LET, HUJI (B) has been quite active in India in the past. If we do not act promptly and vigorously against the creeping infiltration of illegal Muslims of Bangladesh origin from Bangladesh and Myanmar into India, our internal security problems are likely to get worse.

B. Raman

B. Raman (August 14, 1936 – June 16, 2013) was Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai and Associate, Chennai Centre For China Studies.

7 thoughts on “Barred By Muslim Countries, Rohingya Muslims Sneaking Into India – Analysis

  • August 6, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Why are the people talking about resettlement of Rohingya to another country while they have been living Arakan since 8th century. What’s wrong with people mentality, Why don’t people of the world try to maintain justice on Earth.

  • August 6, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Myanmar itself may force some countries like India or Bangladesh to take action, if Myanmar does not settle its legitimate citizens inside its territory. Too many illegal immigrants running from massacres is bound to force some countries to seek explanation and remedy from Myanmar.

  • August 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I notice the rich Muslim countries discriminate against “darker skinned” Muslims. If we look at the number of sub-Saharan Muslims suffering from famine and compare with the fat and rich Bahrain,Saudi,UAE community one will notice the discrepancy in aid giving.

    So much for being good Muslims!

  • August 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Finally if they are sneaking into INDIA it is the best way to survive under the circumstances.Here the Muslims are welcomed.Every necessary documents will be provided like ration cards,driving licenses,voter IDs to make them 100% Indian and convert them into vote bank.Welcome to INDIA.

  • August 7, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Myanmar government is conducting ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims. They have been living in Burma for generations, long before Pakistan or Bangladesh came into being. The racist military junta in Burma declared them non-citizens just because they belong to a different religion or speak a different language or dialect. Another Bosnia is happening in front of our eyes.

    • August 11, 2012 at 9:19 am

      To John:

      I hope another Bosnia will not happen in Myanmar.

      Let me ask you a question. Have you ever been Myanmar??? Do you know that there are a lot of Mosques in Myanmar and it is more than in any other non-muslim countries? If Myanmar goverment does not accept these Rohingyas, can they be accepted in your country?????

  • August 10, 2012 at 8:37 am

    This news is a music to the ears of Congress thugs who are governing India both at Central Govt. and in many states. A perfect one for vote bank politics being practised and perfected by Congress(I) party.

    Congress party allowed thousands of Muslims with links to hardline Islamist organizations to settle in Assam and look what happened in Assam state last month.

    The primary aim of Nehru-Gandhi gang is to bleed and destroy India and Hindus.


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