Being human for Rohingyas
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At a time when Rohingya are being forced to flee the violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state , in supreme court this week the centre refused to revise it's stand on deporting Rohingya immigrants in India.
Rohingya situation has been bleak for years. The turning point was the attitude of the Burmese military Junta which cracked down on them in 1982, contending that Rohingya as late comers were not part of the original ancestors of Burmese society. Denied an autonomous cultural status, they lost all claims to the entitlements of citizenship. They were denied not only access to health, education but also any claim to the Idea of citizenship.
Sadly, India missed the compassion of mother Teresa. She would have stepped out and offered some care and relief to them, stirring the middle class into some acts of caring.
If we abandon Rohingya, we abandon the idea of India as a home of refugees and hospitality. A country which offered home to the parsis, Tibetans, the Afghans and the Jews cannot turn a little minority of helpless people back.
It is not just a question of saving a beleaguered people. It is question of saving soul of India.
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