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Plight of Rohingya Muslims

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Derek Tonkin

The article on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar by Aijaz Zaka Syed was a thoughtful article. The problem of the Rohingyas is indeed historical, and the British are in large measure to blame for encouraging the uncontrolled migration of Indians — Hindus and Muslims — into Burma from the mid-1850s onward. I thought Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr got it right with his depressing comments his recent visit to Burma. There is a political dimension which is often overlooked. The British recognized that the Indian influx into Burma had created considerable problems, but it was too late to remedy these before the Japanese invaded in 1941. As James Baxter put it in 1940: “There was an Arakanese Muslim community settled so long in Akyab District that it had for all intents and purposes to be regarded as an indigenous race.” This was before the events of 1942 when the Muslims were forced to seek refuge in Northern Arakan.
In my analysis, “Rohingya” is a political label derived post-1949 from an isolated, but charismatic historical reference, not an ethnic. The ethnicity of Rohingyas and other Muslims in Arakan is varied. They are mainly Bengali, some came from elsewhere in South Asia and some historically from Persia and Turkey. As James Baxter put it in 1940: “There was an Arakanese Muslim community settled so long in Akyab District that it had for all intents and purposes to be regarded as an indigenous race.” This was before the events of 1942 when many Muslims were forced to seek refuge in Northern Arakan. There are other Muslim communities in Myanmar whose origins are diverse.
The unfortunate result of recent events however is that a serious polarization between the Buddhist majority and the Muslim minorities has developed which in the short term could be insoluble, but somehow has to be managed. The basic truth remains that for all these Muslim communities, Myanmar is their homeland and they have nowhere else to go. The Burmese government has no choice but to take full responsibility for them. They are, in my view, slowly moving in that direction, but it is agonizingly slow. — Derek Tonkin, by e-mail
Source link: http://www.arabnews.com/news/459590

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