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No looking the other way

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Over the past few weeks, more than 300,000 Rohingya refugees have fled northern Myanmar for Bangladesh, as unimaginable violence is unleashed against them under the guise of the government in Naypyidaw clearing the region of terrorists.

As global media parachutes down to Myanmar's restive Rakhine state to cover the previously largely ignored crisis, distressing images of burnt villages, charred corpses and a mass migration of the community out of their homes have caught the attention of global consciousness, with the United Nations mincing no words and declaring the actions as "textbook ethnic cleansing".

As the world grapples with understanding the transition of long-time "Burmese" pro-democracy activist and current state counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi, from a Nobel Peace Prize winning idealistic activist who lived under years of house arrest for her cause to becoming a politician, the Rohingya crisis has also come knocking in New Delhi, the regional heavyweight looking to transform itself into a global superpower.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi stopped over in Myanmar last week in the midst of the crisis, as New Delhi's initial reaction to a potential influx of refugees was the home ministry announcing a deportation plan, citing security concerns. This narrative led Bangladesh, withstanding the worst of the humanitarian crisis, rushing to the ministry of external affairs on Raisina Hill to raise an alarm. Modi missed what could have been a pivotal opportunity during his visit to push the Myanmar government publicly to resolve the crisis urgently.

Instead, he only added to the empty all-encompassing echo........

© DailyO