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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2042

Rohingya; the Persecuted or the Persecutor

By Kanbawza Win

Why the Diaspora Bengali, the brains behind the Rohingya Movement, are indirectly cooperating with the Burmese military to suppress democracy and federalism in Burma? They have succeeded in compelling the Myanmar military to build up a formidable force by-passing the ruling government.

At the same time has giving a green light to the well-equipped 1,000 Rohingyas militants to launch well-coordinated attacks on two dozen police stations killing 32 including, 11 police, as a gesture of greeting Kofi Anan Commission. By this well synchronize actions it has proven that Myanmar military is the real government and is out to implement its final solution of the Rohingyaproblem.

The Most Persecuted

Rohingya still speaks their original Chittagonian dialect and refused to learn the lingua franca a compulsory subject for any migrant in any country with no effort to identifying themselves with the local’s customs and culture.

The colonial British of the early18th Century had encouraged them to migrate to the fertile lands of northern Arakan at a time when Burma was considered as part of the British-Indian Empire.

They stay in that prosperous land, easing out the local Arakanese. But in 1948 when Burma was about to gain independence from Britain, these Chittagonian Bengalese, at that time labelling themselves as Mujahids (A Mujahid an Arabic:Urdu word ????? Muj?hid is one who struggles for the sake of Allah and Islam) could not comprehend at the idea of living under the baneful Arakanese Buddhist.

So under the leadership Jami-a-tul Ulema-e Islam, went over to Ali Jinnah leader of Muslim League and founder of Pakistan, to incorporate the northern part of Arakan State composing of the existing Buthidaung, Maungdaw and Ratheedaung townships (about one third of Arakan State) into what was then East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).

On failure of this attempt they fielded 27,000 guerillas to fight the Burmese government. The then Prime Minister U Nu was forced to send a Karen General Smith Dun (before the Karen insurrection) to suppress these Mujahids. Many of them surrender but the majority ran away into East Pakistan and at the peace deal a consensus was reached that the new name of Rohingya was coined (U Rachid brokered a deal in 1950 with the Burmese ambassador to US/Canada, U Chan Htun as witness) and a ten minute Radio broadcast from the Burma Broadcasting Corporation was also permitted. However, the Rohingya allegiance was still to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan rather than their political affinity of participating in the construction of modern state of the Union of Burma

When the Bangladesh Liberation War , of 1971 these Rohingyas fought from the side of Pakistan Phatans (Pakhtun) acting as scouts and informers. Hence Bangladeshis knowing their treachery, did not want them, many Rohingyas returned to Burma but some of them went over to India and mixed with the Indian Bengalis but by nature they could not get along with the local customs and traditions either. So it was not surprising when India which has an estimated 40,000 Rohingya including those registered with the UN had revealed its plan to deport them as according to Reuters News. Thailand, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia and nobody wants them why?The answer is simple, they could not go along with anyone except their own.

Burma has a record of ethnic uprisings but none of them ever wanted to in-cooperate their territory into any other foreign country, they are just struggling for autonomy. Even at the height of the Burmese Junta’s persecution in 2004, when the Burmese Muslim were targeted, that more than 10,000 Muslim run to the Thai-Burma border and the Burma Muslim Liberation Army was formed with the help of KNU and fought resolutely with the ethnics and the Burmese students, not a single Rohingya had participated. Hence how can be considered as one of Burma’s myriad ethnic nationalities. Being considered as foreigners themselves they are the first person to urge the Nobel Committee to take back the Nobel Peace Prize from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, which no Burmese could ever think of.

b>To the Persecutor

I met U Maung Tin(former President of the Rangoon University Muslim Students Associations) the only prominent faithful Muslim who joins the struggle against the Burmese Junta in 80s and had urged the Rohingya to throw their lot with the other Arakanese against the tyranny of the military. Because he dared to speak out the truth, the Rohingya attacked his camp and since his head was wanted both by the Junta and the Rohingya he had no choice but to seek political asylum in Canada. According to him there was a Rohingya Pala (village) the most conservative type of Chittagonians Muslims who wore big earing and look down on the average local Muslims as infidels. Burma has 135 ethnic nationalities officially which falls into eight major groups. But Rohingya refused to be categorized as one Arakan’s numerous groups even though they are residing there for nearly two centuries. Simple logic seems to be missing. Instead they want the world to change the name of Arakan to Rohan. So it was no wonder the Burmese Junta adopted the Hitler’s method of ethnic cleansing.

The crux of the problem is that they have no inkling for compromise or vision for innocent mass of Rohingyas, and seems to fit, a rude Burmese proverb of “Once the beggar’s stomach is full, his penis stood up,” Moreover they does not have a central committee to negotiate with, not to mention “Conflict Resolution”

The Burmese believes that someone is supplying cash and supporting Rohingya rebels. The Myanmar military as usual responded with continued searches and gross human rights violations and frequent blockades to keep out food and other essential supplies. What is happening in Rakhine State is a side effect of the current worldwide outbreak of Islamic radicalism and terrorism. The Burmese fear the Rohingya will be a source of Islamic terrorists as ISIS has openly declared PARIS (Palestine, Afghanistan, Rohingya, Iraq and Syria) as their main targets. Now that ISIS has lost its base in the middle-east is looking for a sanctuary somewhere in Southeast Asia and have narrowed in this weak part of Southeast Asia.

But the Rohingya’s sympathisers are experts in psycho warfare and international affairs now coupled with the naivety of the Burmese Juntas propagated it in such a way that the Rohingya situation has dominated international headlines.

Everybody knows that Myanmar Military poses a substantial threat to democracy and is more of an obstruction to democratization in Burma than a help had mounted several military operations against the ethnic nationalities. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s reluctance to engage with UN attempts to investigate the atrocities committed and her lack of success in bringing stability to northern Burma indicates that bringing peace to the country is no longer her primary concern. But anyway she has attempted to solve this Rohingya problem via the neutral Kofi Anan Commission whose recommendation has already made public by accepting what U Mg Tin has often said, “To accelerate the citizenship verification of the qualified Rohingyas followed by socio economic development couple with freedom of movement and community participation and representation. In addition security must be given to all people residing in Arakan, encouraging their cultural development and inter-communal cohesion.”

Now that the UN have whole heartedly supported Kofi Anan’s recommendation one will have to wait and see as will implement it in a country where the government is driving for national reconciliation without truth, jailed any persons who dares to report the truth and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi herself has endeavored to please the military at the expense of the majority non-Myanmar ethnic nationalities whose population is nearly double that of Myanmar (Burman) with the Myanmarnisation goal of, one country, one religion and one race, this Rohingya problem will be a headache not only to Burma but also to the world.

- Asian Tribune -

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