The massacre of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhane, the poorest province of Myanmar has shocked the Muslim world. Turkey and Iran have come forward to demand the United Nations Organisation to intervene in the matter immediately. Turkey offered monetary assistance to Myanmar for the relief work and the state counselor of that country Aung San Suu Kyi accepted it. More than one lakh refugees left their native land and entered Bangladesh.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 5 visited Myanmar and met Suu Kyi. Rohingy refugees issue was also on his agenda. However, at home the stand taken by the government of India created anguish among opposition parties. Minister of state for Home Kiren Rijiju said on September 5 that no one should teach India on the issue of refugees because India absorbed the maximum number refugees in the world. Illegal immigrants will have to leave the country, he said. He said the centre asked all states to start deportation of Rohingya Muslims. When we are following legal path, why have we been accused of being inhuman, he said.
The minister should understand that it is not the matter of following legal path, but to view the matter from humanitarian point of view. The current situation in Myanmar has forced the Rohingya Muslims to leave their land and the hordes of persecuted people seeking shelter in other countries. Keeping the ground reality in view, the opposition parties are demanding the government to consider the matter of deportation and defer it. Amnesty International has now urged the Prime Minister to persuade the leadership of Myanmar to extend helping hand to the Rohingya Muslims.