opposition of Hardeep Singh’s statement
But the opposition to his statement started. Aam Aadmi Party’s chief spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj, in a press conference, reacted to Puri’s tweet saying, ‘With the announcement of the minister, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been exposed today…It is a big threat to national security and also to the people of Delhi.’’
Home Ministry of Cleanliness
Thereafter clarification came from the Ministry of Home Affairs that in respect of the news reported in certain sections of the media regarding illegal foreign Rohingyas, it is clarified that the Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to provide EWS flats to Rohingya illegal migrants in Bakkarwala, Delhi. No instructions given. On behalf of the Ministry of Home Affairs also Delhi Government had proposed to shift ‘‘Rohingya Muslims to a new place.’’
Congress also jumped into new controversy
Congress also jumped into this new controversy regarding Rohingya. Senior party leader Shashi Tharoor said, ‘‘The state of confusion in the central government is a stigma to the nation which has served on the executive committee of the UN refugee agency.’’ Tharoor said, ‘‘We have a proud tradition of human service in which refugees are welcomed and accepted. BJP, please don’t betray Indian civilization.’’
What is the history of Rohingya Muslims
There is a discussion about Rohingya Muslims all over the world. But if we talk about their history, then we have to start with Myanmar (Burma). By the year 1862, British rule had started in Myanmar and rice prices were skyrocketing there. To deal with this problem, the British government started settling migrants from the eastern part of India ie Bangladesh in Myanmar to promote rice cultivation.
The people of Myanmar believe that the Rohingya are in a way representative of the British rule and this is also one of the main reasons for their hatred. Discrimination against Rohingyas in Myanmar is not only social but has also been denied in basic facilities, education, health provided by the government.
A large number of Rohingya Muslims live in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. There is a long history of conflict between the followers of Buddhism and the Rohingya Muslims. In 2012, a woman was murdered by three Rohingya Muslims after being raped. After this, 10 Rohingyas died in the clashes between the two communities.
In the year 2016, Rohingya Muslims also took up arms and started attacking army and police forces by forming Rakhine Rohingya Salvation Army.
Bangladesh also refused to settle
Rohingya Muslims are currently taking refuge in Bangladesh in the largest number. Although there too they have been refused to adopt. Recently, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has made it clear that Myanmar will have to take back its citizens (Rohingya). He said that Myanmar has never denied that the Rohingya are not their citizens. But no statement has come from there on his return so far. PM Sheikh Hasina has said these things to a member of the UN Human Rights Committee who was on a visit to Bangladesh.
What is India’s stand on Rohingyas
While discussing the Citizen Amendment Bill (CAA), Union Home Minister Amit Shah had said that India will never accept Rohingyas. The Government of India has clearly recognized that Rohingya Muslims are a threat to the security of the country.
Where are the Rohingyas in India
Last year, the government was informed in Parliament that illegal Rohingya migrants in 12 states and union territories – Jammu and Kashmir, Telangana, Punjab, Haryana , living in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Assam, Karnataka and Kerala.
‘Rohingya indulging in illegal activities’
Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai had said that the government has received reports that Rohingya Muslims are indulging in illegal activities in the country. He said that all foreign nationals who enter the country without valid travel documents are treated as illegal migrants. The Minister said that tracing illegal migrants including Rohingya refugees from Myanmar and deporting them back to their country after due process of nationality verification is a continuous process.
What do Rohingya Muslims say
In a conversation with PTI amid fresh controversy over Rohingyas in Delhi 35-year-old Rohingya refugee Maryam claimed that some migrants in Kalindi Kunj were ‘wasted’ on Wednesday. was told that they would be taken to detention centres.’
He told PTI-language, ‘‘We don’t know why the Indian government changed its decision. I was only happy that my daughter and I would be living in a pucca building for the first time in a decade.’’
Kabir Ahmed, who came to India in 2012 and holds a UNHCR identity card, said he would be ‘‘fear of mistreatment’’”text-align: justify”The 42-year-old Rohingya expatriate told PTI, ”We have heard how other Rohingya refugees detained in some states of India were treated. I am afraid that we will go through that. We have not harmed anyone nor do we intend to harm any Indian.’’
(Note: All pictures used in the news are of Rohingya Muslims settled in Bangladesh)