This is with reference to the statement of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights that “India cannot carry out collective expulsions, or return people to a place where they risk torture or other serious violations”. Expectations that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would take up the issue of the Rohingyas during his visit to Myanmar were belied. Not only should he have discussed the issue, but he should also have condemned the alleged terrorist attack launched against the security forces of Myanmar.
India has found that around 40,000 Rohingyas have settled in different parts of the country. Those Rohingyas, who have crossed over to India, should be treated as temporary refugees and not deported. The government must treat this as a humanitarian issue and take it up with Myanmar. At the same time, Myanmar must distinguish between terrorist suspects and civilians.
The root of the crisis lies in Myanmar; the ultimate solution has to be found there.
S K Khosla Chandigarh
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