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Why Bharat Should Not Let Rohingyas In

Rohingyas – a minority Muslim ethnicity residing in the Rakhine state of Buddhist majority Myanmar – for years are nationless ethnicity and have been called by UN as ‘among the world’s least wanted’. There are around 2 millions rohingyas around the world – 1.3 million and 400k of them being in Bangladesh and Myanmar respectively – hovering amidst uncertainty of their citizenship.

Myanmar, after August 25, 2017, started a brutal crackdown of the rohingyas in their traditional backyard of the Rakhine state after a terrorist attack on police forces by – a radical militant wing of rohingyas – Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA). The crackdown resulted in migration of more than 7,00,000 rohingyas into neighbouring Bangladesh and Bharat. The rohingyas were subjected to ‘genocidal’ crimes in words of UN. The crisis was termed as ‘textbook example of ethnic cleansing’.

Past two years, the rohingyas have dominated the world news. Almost every major nation, human rights organisation and global media poured their heart in support of rohingyas; shedded light on ‘atrocities’ committed upon them and fired all kinds of demagoguery to make Myanmar’s Buddhist state look like an authoritarian desuetude with no morality and filled with plethora of ‘islamophobia’. Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi – a Nobel Peace prize laureate – was criticised across the globe for letting the military fight against rohingya militants of Rakhine state. 

The Rohingya crisis, for entire 2017 and 2018, had captured the global limelight and dominated international coverages. Termed as ‘crime against humanity’, the issue gunged all proceedings of Myanmar with outer world. Intellectuals from every corner started schooling Myanmar government on morality and humanity. The world had its guns – of various forms depending on gunner – loaded at Myanmar’s head for pushing ‘innocent’, as they say, rohingyas into crisis.

UN held that Myanmar military must be tried for crimes committed against rohingyas. Canada ripped Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary Canadian citizenship. Just months ago US sanctioned or banned Myanmar’s military general. Collateral reputation damage reached even Bharat and UN, global human rights organisations and international media asked Bharat to accept rohingyas into its fold as refugees. And when Bharat decided to deport 40,000 illegal rohingyas to Bangladesh, the world got rattled and started bobbing their bits of moral superiority from the chalices of criticism. 

Indeed rohingyas have been subjected to extreme brutality and hatred at the hands of Myanmar military. As per a report, 24,000 rohingyas were killed, 18000 rohingya women were subjected to sexual violence and rape, 1,15,000 were beaten and 36,000 rohingyas were thrown into fire as a result of Myanmar military’s crackdown. By various estimates around 7,00,000 to 7,50,000 rohingyas crossed into Bangladesh and Bharat for refuge. Despite the shaggy reliability of the reports documenting casualties in rohingya crisis – which was termed by Myanmar government as ‘false’ and ‘incorrect’ – it is no fallacy that the crisis has destroyed lives of many rohingyas and has dented the human values. 

But despite their sufferings there remains a fundamental aspect in rohingyas spawning a proclivity of repulsion against them in Bharat. Rohingyas have not been all innocent as proclaimed by the global stakeholders and harbingers of humanity. Being true to their banal nature, international media has, deliberately or ignorantly, veiled the other side of rohingyas. For Bharat – which is host to more than 40,000 illegal rohingya immigrants – it’s of great importance to clear the smog and walk the path of clarity and reality.  

Background to Rohingya Duplicitousness

Adding background to their nature, these are the same rohingyas who approached Mohammad Ali Jinnah – the radical Islamists politicians who divided Bharat by instilling the religious extremism – with a request of merger of rohingya dominated areas into Pakistan. Few townships of rakhine were rohingya Muslim dominated and rohingya leaders approached Jinnah with a hope of ‘liberation’ from Buddhist Myanmar and merger with Islamic Pakistan. Jinnah rejected rohingya plea avoiding possible British annoyance.

Few months after Pakistan’s godfather Jinnah’s rejection of Rohingya proposal, rohingyas formed a militant organisation to wage jihad against peace loving Buddhist population of Myanmar and pan-islamise the entire rakhine region. They committed atrocities and resorted to burning and looting.

The militants targeted Rakhine Buddhist interests as well as the government, quickly seizing control of large parts of the north and expelling many Buddhist villagers. But the Buddhists rather than being cowed down, decided to retaliate and ensured that the Rohingya Muslims are unable to change the geography of the region. Having failed to realise their dream of a separate nation, Rohingya Muslims started seeking Burmese citizenship.

In 1974, inspired by the rise of pan-Islamist movements in the world and driven by the fundamentally radical ideology, rohingyas formed the Rohingya Patriotic Front – a extremists armed group to wage war against Myanmar’s Buddhists and Hindus. Few years later it split into several factions, one of the more radical of which became the Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO) armed group in 1982. The RSO split in 1986, giving rise to the Arakan Rohingya Islamic Front (ARIF) splinter; in 1998, the two groups formed a loose alliance, the Arakan Rohingya National Organisation.

In the 1980s and 1990s, the RSO had small bases in remote parts of Bangladesh near the Myanmar border but was not thought to have any inside Myanmar. In its highest-profile attack, in April 1994, several dozen militants entered Maungdaw from Bangladesh, including a group landed by boat in Myin Hlut village-tract, south Maungdaw. On 28 April, bombs they planted in Maungdaw town caused damage and several civilian injuries, and rohingya militants then followed up with attacks on the town’s outskirts.

Later in 1992, rohingyas, by Myanmar’s government, were declared non-nationals leading to a crackdown by the Myanmar military. Crackdown caused migration of many rohingyas to other countries, majority of them resorting in Bangladesh’s Cox bazar; where they were easily radicalised on the basis of religion, they became cannon fodder for global jihadi groups.

In a well-hatched conspiracy and masterly executed plan, they were also infiltrated illegally to Bharat through porous border with Bangladesh. One of the destinations of the illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants was Jammu, a sensitive Hindu-majority border town already facing the brunt of a demographic invasion from north of Pir Panjal and ISI-sponsored jihadi terror. The reason for selecting Jammu was in consonance with earlier stated two-fold mission of the ISI.

The militancy and radicalisation only upsurged since then leading to recruitment of several rohingyas into the extremist fold of jihadi ummah. Many researchers have highlighted the rise in radicalisation of rohingyas aided by foreign players mainly from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

In May 2015 JSTOR research paper titled ‘Myanmar at the crossroads : Shadows of jihadi extremism’ informed about the upsurge flow of jihadi extremist ideology in Muslims of Myanmar aided by the network of terrorists organisations. The study mentioned the harsh sectarian conflict in Myanmar along with threats posed by local insurgent groups, including the probability that these groups might attempt to link up with jihadist terrorist groups like ISIS. JSTOR highlighted the emerging dangers deriving from the intensification of the use of social media networks by jihadist extremists to expand their influence and spread their caliphate ideology.

Along with this, in December 2016 a Crisis group paper had reported about the rise of ‘new Muslim insurgency in the rakhine state’ citing on the basis of developments including militant attacks on Myanmar security forces on 9th October and 12th of November, 2016. The report called it a violence ‘qualitatively different from anything in recent decades’ which, it added, ‘seriously threatens the prospects of stability and development in the state and has serious implications for Myanmar as a whole.’ Since 9th October, several hundred young Rohingya men from Bangladesh have joined the fight. However, the main fighting force is made up of Muslim villagers in northern Rakhine State who have been given basic training and organised into village-level cells to limit risks of compromise. These are mostly led by young Islamic clerics (known as “Mullahs” or “Maulvis”) or scholars (“Hafiz”) from those villages.

Massacre of Myanmar’s Hindus at the hands of Rohingyas  

The rohingyas, who are revered in Bharat by the liberal, commie, islamist brigade as innocent and hapless, are just another veiled jihadis who, at the right opportunity, would massacre every non-Muslim in their path. The quintessential practical example of this vindictive nature of rohingyas is the recent massacre of innocent Hindus of Myanmar in 2017.

Amnesty international  in 2018 reported that Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), the militant terrorist wing of rohingyas, massacred up to 99 Hindu women, men, and children as well as additional unlawful killings and abductions of Hindu villagers in August 2017. 

Based on dozens of interviews conducted there and across the border in Bangladesh, as well as photographic evidence analysed by forensic pathologists, the organisation revealed how Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) fighters sowed fear among Hindus and other ethnic communities with these brutal attacks. 

At around 8am on 25 August 2017, ARSA attacked the Hindu community in the village of Ah Nauk Kha Maung Seik, in a cluster of villages known as Kha Maung Seik in northern Maungdaw Township. Armed men dressed in black and local Rohingya villagers in plain clothes rounded up dozens of Hindu women, men and children. They robbed, bound, and blindfolded them before marching them to the outskirts of the village, where they separated the men from the women and young children. A few hours later, the ARSA fighters killed 53 of the Hindus, execution-style, starting with the men. 

Eight Hindu women and eight of their children were abducted and spared, after ARSA fighters forced the women to agree to “convert” to Islam. The survivors were forced to flee with the fighters to Bangladesh several days later, before being repatriated to Myanmar in October 2017 with the support of the Bangladeshi and Myanmar authorities.

Bina Bala, a 22-year-old woman who survived the massacre, told Amnesty International:

“[The men] held knives and long iron rods. They tied our hands behind our backs and blindfolded us. I asked what they were doing. One of them replied, ‘You and Rakhine are the same, you have a different religion, you can’t live here. He spoke the [Rohingya] language. They asked what belongings we had, then they beat us. Eventually I gave them my gold and money.”

According to a detailed list of the dead, given to Amnesty International, the victims from Ah Nauk Kha Maung Seik include 20 men, 10 women, and 23 children, 14 of whom were under the age of eight. This is consistent with multiple testimonies the organisation gathered in both Bangladesh and Myanmar, from survivors and witnesses as well as Hindu community leaders.

The same day, all of the 46 Hindu men, women, and children in the neighbouring village of Ye Bauk Kyar disappeared. Members of the Hindu community in northern Rakhine State presume the community was killed by the same ARSA fighters. Combined with those from Ah Nauk Kha Maung Seik, the total death toll is believed to be 99.   

The bodies of 45 people from Ah Nauk Kha Maung Seik were unearthed in four mass graves in late September 2017. The remains of the rest of the victims from that village, as well as all 46 from Ye Bauk Kyar, have not been found to date.

The bone chilling report unearthed the dark hatred against Hindus in the minds of rohingyas and gave voice to the dead. The dead man tell no tales as they say but they certainly tell about the killer who killed them. Hindus of rakhine are the dead testimony to the extent of extremism and terrorism rohingyas can reach. 

Rohingya links to Pakistani terror outfits

Rohingyas have a link with global jihadi outfits. Even Al-Qaeda founder Osama Bin Laden, in an interview to a Karachi-based newspaper, Ummat, had referred to Burma where a strong jihadi force existed. It is not surprising, therefore, that the Rohingyas have the support of Kashmiri terrorists. Zakir Musa, the self- styled commander of Al-Qaeda affiliate, Ansar Ghazwat-Ul-Hind, in a 10-minute audio message, released on YouTube channel Ansar Ghazwa, warned the Government against deporting Rohingya Muslims in Jammu. 

Incidentally, Rohingyas are also affiliated to a Bangladesh-based outfit, the Bangladesh Islami Chhatrashibir (ICS), a militant arm of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, and are responsible for launching violent street demonstrations, attacking security forces, secular political rivals and secular individuals.

In July 2018, Economic Times reported little-known Rohingya terror group Aqa Mul Mujahideen or HaY (Harakah al-Yaqin is called Aqa Mul Mujahideen by Myanmar government) blamed for the recent attacks on Myanmar border outposts by the country’s president not only maintains links with Hafiz Saeed’s Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) but is learnt to have developed ties with the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) cell in Jammu and Kashmir.

Aqa Mul Mujahideen (AMM) leaders were trained in Pakistan and they later recruited Rohingya youth in Rakhine region of Myanmar. AMM is a new armed group that originated from Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami Arakan (HUJI-A).  The current HUJI-A chief Abdus Qadoos Burmi, a Pakistani national of Rohingya origin, who it is claimed recruited one Hafiz Tohar from Maungdaw in Myanmar. Tohar is now said to be heading the AMM and Qadoos Burmi is reported to be close to Saeed. Saeed’s other terror group, Jamat ud Dawa (JuDD)’s humanitarian arm, Falah-e-Insaniat (FiF), was active in Rohingya relief camps in Rakhine State after the 2012 riots. 

Their illegal migration to Bharat and the decision to settle in any part of the country, is being masterminded by a core group, created by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The ISI’s intention is two-fold: First, to spread fundamentalism in areas they settle and thereafter, use them for pan-Islamisation of the region. Second, to foment political and religious fights to force the exodus of Hindus to alter the regional demography. Rohingya connection with the global jihad network and Pakistan’s ISI are pellucid and unambiguously established, hence, assuming the rohingya possess a tenebrous anti-Hindu hatred and radical mentality won’t be wrong.

Rohingyas, apart from their hapless side, also possess a dark malevolent side. The fundamentals of rohingyas are no different than those of terrorists in Pakistan fuelled by the common ideological fire of waging jihad and establishing an Islamic state. Influx of rohingyas in Bharat, from Bharat’s national security point of view, is dangerous and calamitous. Their affiliation to Pakistani terror outfits, history of extremism and the recent massacre of innocent Hindus by them bears testimony to the vindictive side of rohingyas. These are exactly sufficing reasons why Bharat should not let the rohingyas in.

(Featured Image for representational purpose. Source)

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Yogendra Thakur
Yogendra Thakur
A student and two time state topper in Astrophysics and Art of Lecturing. Primary focus areas are Indology and Economics.


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