Rohingya Crisis: Let Humanity Prevail
Had the Rohingyas not been Muslims, especially if they happened to be Hindus, they would have been accorded red carpet welcome.
The wars, imported civil wars, invasions and riots are the illegitimate weapons of the strong. Terrorism is the illegitimate weapon of the week. The weapon may be illegitimate but the grievances are often if not always genuine. If the world witnessed “Muslim terrorism” in last two decades, it was partly if not wholly the result of the prosecution and persecution of Muslims for decades. They faced persecution by almost every power – Leftist or Rightist, Western or Eastern. From Phillipines and Bosnia to Middle East, they were killed and brutalised almost everywhere. When some organisations took the terrorist route, the Muslim lands were brutalised and ravished through sheer use of force. And while discussing Terrorism, the perpetrators only discussed the role of Islam and Muslims and never bothered to discuss the role of West and others in creating terrorism. To further malign Muslims, they created an army of invaders in the form of ISIS to infiltrate into Muslim lands and kill Muslims in large numbers and called this organisation too a terrorist organisation rather than a sponsored army of invaders.
The truth is that India has not spoken against Afghan refugees only because 85 percent of them are Hindus or Sikhs and they cannot afford to earn the hostility of the United States, which is supporting the Afghan Government.
Rohingya crisis has become the latest addition to the unending chain of victimisation of Muslims. Again, there is hardly any surprise that Myanmar Government is trying to project them as terrorists. Yet again, it is hardly surprising that the BJP Government is seeing threat from them to Indian security. For the hardcore Hindu organisations, every Muslim is a security threat to the country. The truth is that these organisations are a threat to the nation themselves.
The Government is so much obsessed with Muslim factor that it has put the reputation of the country at stake in the United Nations, which has questioned its stand on what the whole world is seeing the biggest humanitarian crisis of recent times. Instead of taking the lead and showing to the world how much humanity means to it, its Muslim bias has led to a rebuke from the UN. After being killed in thousands, Rohingyas started fleeing the land. More than 370, 000 became homeless. A minority of them came to India in the hope of safety and security. But soon, the organisations that derive sadistic pleasure in doing whatever they can do to harass Muslims, started labelling them as security risks.
Had they not been Muslims, especially if they happened to be Hindus, they would have been accorded red carpet welcome. And when allegations of insensitiveness came their way, they gave the example of Afghan refugees to prove that the reason behind their campaign has nothing to do with their religious identity. The truth is that they have not spoken against Afghan refugees only because 85 percent of them are Hindus or Sikhs and they cannot afford to earn the hostility of the United States, which is supporting the Afghan Government. Afghan refugees in India are a community numbering up to 10,000. Around 8,500 of them are recent Hindu and Sikh refugees who fled the Taliban regime and political instability in Afghanistan; they are concentrated in and around Delhi.
If Indian Government had instead shown concern towards the Rohingya Muslims, it would not only have earned applause from the world but would have also earned the trust of those Indians that view it as a communal government.
Rohingya Crisis also provides an opportunity for the West to start looking for improving ties with Muslims of the world. If they act fast and effectively, the hatred within the global Muslim community for West will surely go down. If it also acts wisely in the Middle East and tries to diffuse violence there rather than harbouring it, the world can witness the beginning of a new era of peace and mutual trust. If humanity rather than hegemony becomes the basis of the international policy, the 21st Century can still be saved from repeating the bloodshed of the Twentieth Century.
Dr Javed Jamil is India based thinker and writer and Head of Chair in Islamic Studies & research, Yenepoya University, Mangalore, with over a dozen books including his latest, “Muslim Vision of Secular India: Destination & Road-map” and “Qur’anic Paradigms of Sciences & Society” (First Vol: Health), “Muslims Most Civilised, Yet Not Enough” and Other works include “The Devil of Economic Fundamentalism”, “The Essence of the Divine Verses”, “The Killer Sex”, “Islam means Peace” and “Rediscovering the Universe”. Read more about him at http://www.worldmuslimpedia.com/dr-javed-jamil. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/javedjamil2015; alsohttp://javedjamil.blogspot.in/. He can be contacted at doctorforu123”yahoo.com.
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