Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday asked how long could her country bear such a huge burden of more than 1 million Rohingya refugees. More than 1.1 million Rohingyas sheltered in Bangladesh are causing a long-term social problems in the country, as many of them are engaged in arms, drug, and women trafficking, she told newly-appointed Canadian High Commissioner, Lilly Nicholls, who called on her at her Sangsad Bhaban office.
The Prime Minister said Bangladesh is providing temporary shelter to 100,000 Rohingyas on Bhasan Char Island where they will get better facilities.
The High Commissioner said that Canada will always support Bangladesh in this regard, and that her country is creating an additional fund, through charity, for Rohingyas. She also said Canada is highly pleased to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties with Bangladesh, while also congratulating Bangladesh on the celebration of the golden jubilee of its Independence and the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Despite being a Muslim, the Bangladeshi PM can speak frankly about the difficulties posed by Muslim Rohingya refugees. Rich countries of the Muslim world have also refused to give any sort of meaningful refuge or citizenship to the Rohingyas.
It is conservatively estimated that there are 40,000 illegal Rohingyas in Bharat. Their true numbers could be much higher, and they are spread as far as Jammu in North and Chennai in south. Apart from the crimes pointed out by Sheikh Hasina, Rohingyas in Bharat have also been found to be involved in terrorist activity and security agencies have raised a red flag about their presence. But if Bharat’s PM were to say something akin to what Hasina said, there would be an instant uproar among the Lutyens’ left-liberal elites who insist that Bharat must give refuge and even citizenship to Rohingyas.
Our Supreme Court goes out of its way to ensure that Rohingya settlements get all amenities like water, electricity and even schooling and health care. Deportation of even one Rohingya is met with howls of protest by senior lawyers who file a slew of petitions to oppose any such move. But none in our ruling class is moved by the plight of genuine refugees to which Bharat has a moral obligation – the Hindus left behind in Pakistan and Bangladeshi after partition.
Sheikh Hasina is today being praised by our Hinduphobic elites for the economic improvement Bangladesh has witnessed under her rule over the past 13 years, which saw Bangladesh nudge ahead of Bharat in per capita GDP in 2020. While there are many facets to Bangladesh’s textile export led growth vis a vis Bharat’s more diverse economy, no one begrudges our densely populated developing neighbor doing well.
But what our hypocritical commentators quietly brush under the carpet while singing hosannas to Hasina is that she leads an authoritarian regime with an abysmal human rights records when it comes to Hindus and other minorities. It has been estimated by Bangladeshi academics that due to institutionalized persecution, there will be no Hindus left in Bangladesh by 2050. The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) area of Bangladesh is one of the most militarized parts of the world and Bangladesh Army backed Muslim settlers there have created havoc with indigenous people who are mostly Hindu or Buddhist.
In fact, what Hasina has said about the law & order issues created by Rohingyas in her country, applies even more to the illegal Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants pouring across the porous border into Bharat. From riots in Delhi, to armed robbery and terror cells in different parts of Bharat – a clear imprint of illegal Bangladeshis has emerged. Liberals mock Hindus who raise this issue by talking of how Bangladeshi is now better off than us, so why would any Bangladeshi migrate here?
These Hinduphobes pretend as if the theory of lebensraum or a ‘Greater Bangladesh’ does not exist. They obfuscate the fact that the demographic invasion of Bharat has as much to do with economics reasons (or the lure of committing crimes in a soft state like Bharat before returning to lie low in B’desh) as it has to do with winning more territory for Islam.
If there is something Bharat needs to learn from Bangladesh, it is the clarity that all organs of the state there, judiciary included, have about their identity as an Islamic nation and the way they back their elected PM. Bharat needs to reboot its own state institutions and emerge as a Dharmic civilizational state to tackle forces of Adharma, both internal and external. That alone can bring true peace and harmony in the subcontinent.
(With IANS inputs)