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Rohingya issue is for Myanmar to resolve, not India

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14.09.2017

All eyes were turned and ears tuned to what Prime Minister Narendra Modi had to say on the Rohingya Muslims crisis during his recent visit to Myanmar. Would he take the ‘humanitarian’ side or would he back the Myanmar Government’s ‘communal crackdown’ on the ethnic group now fleeing the Rakhine province in the thousands? The Prime Minister’s statement eventually left the liberals in this country fuming and several security experts relieved.



Modi told his hosts, “We fully appreciate the challenges you have been battling. We share your concern over the extremist violence in Rakhine state which has caused the loss of lives, especially of security forces and innocents.” There wasn’t any mention of the slightest desire on India’s part to accept with open arms the flow of Rohingya refugees into the country as a ‘persecuted lot’. Instead, back home, the Ministry of Home Affairs made it known that it would be deporting the refuges after due verification and pursuant to the legal process. Junior Minister Kiren Rijuju remarked that the Government wasn’t “throwing the refugees into the ocean”.



It was well after the Prime Minister’s visit ended that the Indian side admitted to remaining “deeply concerned” on the “outflow of refugees (from Rakhine)”. According to reports, the admission came after........

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