News By/Courtesy: Himani Aggarwal | 22 Mar 2018 19:28pm IST

Being Indians it is easy for us to understand the plight of a person who is facing identity crisis in his homeland. How does it feel to be homeless? How does it feel when no one wants to help you? How does it feel when no one wants to provide you any shelter? In this century where human rights and its protection are of utmost importance, how does it feel to be declared as a non citizen of one's homeland? Yes, I'm talking about the Rohingya Muslims who live in the western part of Rakhine state in Myanmar. They account for almost one-third population of their country. They are different from the Buddhist population of the country in language, ethnicity and religiosity. The majority of them have been denied citizenship by a Citizenship act which was passed in 1982 and since then they were the victims of violence and persecution committed by the other groups. Fear of power is an intrinsic part of the human race, and the same has instigated the Buddhist population of Myanmar to remove the Muslim population because if they stayed, they would have become a majority community because of higher birth rate and illegal immigration through Bangladesh border. According to them, cleansing of the State will lead the government to listen to the Buddhist population of Rakhine, hence establishing their influence in the political arena. There is no option left for the Rohingyas of Myanmar. If they stay in their homeland they are subject to continuous violence and harassment. If they try to leave they become an easy prey to human trafficking racket and if they somehow manage to reach their destination, there in no guarantee whether the other country will accept them or not. However, countries like Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to host the immigrants for some time. While, on the other hand country like ours has termed Rohingyas as a threat to the internal security of the country and want to send them back. The only solution right now is to trasform Myanmar's ongoing and past violations of human rights. It is a challenging process and will involve a lot of time and resources. Public, governments and NGOs around the world have done much for the natives of Myanmar, pushing for greater freedom, democracy and respect for human rights. Today, it is important that there upholds pressure on Myanmar’s leaders to build a democracy that is unbolted and liberated, encompassing of all ethnic groups in the country, accommodating of Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus equally, and dwelling to the Rohingya.

Editor: Krishna Srinivas V | 22 Mar 2018 21:00pm IST

Tags : #Rohingya#Citizenship

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