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Rohingya Refugees in J&K-Time has come to deport them!
2/16/2017 10:28:03 PM
Ravinder Jalali

The deportation movement for Rohingyas out of state launched by various parties, organisations and associations is gaining movement and is getting prominence day by day. It was also significant to see some hoardings at the prominent places in City seeking early deportation of these foreigners. It is widely accepted and acclaimed debate going across social and intellectual circles. Many political parties have perceived them as security threat and advocate for their deportation outside state suspecting them to be a grand design of the change in the demography of Hindu Majority Jammu. But the question is why they chose Jammu only. How they come from such distant place to settle here needs to be ascertained. The recent statement of Minister of state Jitendra Singh who has called for a probe into the antecedents of Rohingyas and Bangladeshis' in Jammu is also under a scanner. After all what is the need and use of probe? There is nothing to prove about their credentials. They are the people from Bangladesh and Myanmar who are persecuted because of their radicalism in that country and are now feeling safe in Jammu because of possibility of renewal of radicalism in J&K which is supported by the local NGOs and seems to be aided and encouraged by the state Govt. itself.
But who are these refugees? The issue of these refugees is not a new one. People and politicians who have vested interests are deliberately keeping the issue under carpet but fortunately or unfortunately the issue has come up again and needs serious debate and investigation at the state and central level keeping in view the sensitivity of the state and their easy radicalisation into terrorist groups launched across the border.
The irony of the matter is that those who encourage their settlement in Jammu are the same people who are deadly against the settlement of the Kashmiri Pandits, who are the aborigines and these vested and radical leaders see the demographic change in the valley. Govt. has also expressed concern over the presence of Rohingya Muslims in India who are vulnerable to radicalisation.
Here it is pertinent to mention that the Rohingyas are people from the Rakhine State of Myanmar, who reside mainly in Northern Arakan Township. During the Pakistan movement in the 1940`s, Rohingyas in western Myanmar organised a separate movement to merge the state with East Pakistan (Now Bangladesh). Before the independence of Burma in 1948, these Rohingyas from Arakan showed allegiance to Mohd Ali Jinnah, and sought his help in incorporating heir region into Pakistan. The proposal was rejected by Mohd. Ali Jinnah saying that he does not want to interfere in the affairs of the Burmese Matters. After the refusal, Rohingyas founded the Mujahid Party as a Jihadi Movement in Northern Arakan in 1947. The aim of Mujahid Party was to make Arakan as an autonomous Muslim State. They were active up to 1962 when Gen. Ne Win led the coup in Burma and carried military operations against them. As a result of which some Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh as refugees and some migrated to Karachi, Pakistan. These Rohingyas Mujahid are still active in remote areas of Arakan. Since the 1990`s a new Rohingyas movement which is distinct from the 1950`s, armed rebellion has emerged.
Rohingyas have received international attention in the wake of 2012 Rakhine State Riots and more because of their attempted migration throughout South East Asia in 2015. The 2012 Rakhine State riots were a series of conflicts between Rohingyas Muslims who were in majority in the Northern Rekhine and the ethnic Rakhines who are in Majority in the southern Rakhine state. In 2015 thousands of Rohingyas migrated from Myanmar and Bangladesh and were dubbed by international media as 'Boat People", to South East Asian countries including Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia by Rickey Boats via the waters of the strait of Mollacca and the Andaman Sea. The word Rohingya means inhabitant of Rohang which was the early Muslim name of Aarkan. With the gruesome terror attack in the French capital, Paris by ISIS which claimed more than 125 innocent lives for no fault of them has forced the Govt. and intelligence agencies to revisit the Rohingya issue because they are vulnerable and easy target of Radicalisation by ISIS for carrying the attack on innocent people.
Last year in an encounter in South Kashmir, one of the two foreign militants was identified as Chota Burmi, a native of Myanmar (Burma). His real name was Abdul Rehman al Arkun i.e. Abdul Rehman of Arakan, (a state of Myanmar). Chota Burmi alias Abdul Rehman of Arakan infiltrated into Kashmir in 2013. These Rohingya Muslim Refugees, who flee from Myanmar, are easy to fall prey to radicalisation of extremist groups like LeT, ISIS. This apprehension was expressed by me in earlier columns also and when the same news appeared in newspapers and its admission by the Chief Minister, it was no surprise. Intelligence agencies, as per the reports in the newspaper, has raised the issue with Ministry of Home Affairs and called for an immediate check of these Rohingyas from settling down in Jammu. These Refugees are helped by some NGOs in providing them the basic amenities and arranging to provide education to their children in Madarassas.
Recently a few days back it was reported in newspaper that one Bangladeshi who was arrested in 2014 while moving suspiciously near border has been sentenced to 2 years jail term. Such people are easy to fall prey to radicalisation if suitable measures are taken by the Govt. well in time
The strange and interesting feature is that Kashmir centric politicians and separatists are extending all the help to these refugees and did not raise such issue but are opposing tooth and nail over giving Domicile Certificates to West Pakistani Refugees. The only connection between Rohingya refugees and Kashmir centric politicians and separatists is the religion.
It is the high time for the Govt. both at the centre and state level, to tackle this issue on priority with out wasting any time before it will escalate at the point at which there is no return. The presence of these Rohingya Refugees in our State is a dangerous and fraught with risks. J&K is a sensitive border state facing militancy and presence of such people poses a grave threat to the security of the state as well as country as a whole.
The concern of the Congress about the presence of Rohingyas is just a hoax and a ruse. Rohingyas are in Jammu not a year or two back but are since last more than 5-6 years when they were in power. Many Congress leaders and Ministers were paying regular visits to these colonies and facilitating their rehabilitation with an agenda. The Kashmir centric leaders never objected their presence in Jammu as it will help them in changing the demography of Jammu while resisting the Sainik Colony and KP colonies who are the aborigines of Kashmir to retain the Islamic majority character of the state.Now, when the NC as the main opposition and Congress also want their deportation, why the state govt. feels reluctant to deport them to their own country or at least out of the state which is already facing terrorism problem as these refugees are vulnerable to radicalisation.
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