New Delhi: A massive demonstration was held outside Myanmar Embassy here in New Delhi. Thousands of people marched on the hot and humid afternoon shouting slogans against the persecution of Rohingya community in Myanmar.
The protest was organized by Left and Muslim community organizations.
Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been forced to leave their homes and businesses and take shelter in an alien land. For the last three or four weeks, the Myanmar’s Buddhist government, its police, army and paramilitary forces have hounded Muslims, killing them, raping their women, putting fire to their entire villages and towns.
At least four hundred thousand Rohingya Muslims have been forced to take shelter in neighboring Bangladesh, that has been loath to provide shelter to the persecuted community in Myanmar.
To be true, there is no nation very keen to provide shelter to the persecuted community. While the story of Rohingya Muslims’ persecution is decades old, there is an unmatched brutality towards their persecution over the last several years. Over the past few weeks, this has further intensified with emphasis on complete elimination of the community
There are approximately 40,000 Rohingya estimated to be living across India. Indian Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the it wants the Rohingyas to be driven back to neighbouring Myanmar.
It is needless to say that the announcement has sent shockwaves through his community. The Rohingya are a majority-Muslim ethnic group, often described as “the world’s most persecuted minority”, who have lived for centuries in the majority Buddhist Myanmar, where they have faced growing violence and persecution that has forced hundreds of thousands to flee to neighbouring countries.
Photos: Inam Ur Rahman & Bazlul Basit