Buddhist-Rohingya Conflict in Myanmar, India and North East India

After multiple low intensity bomb blast at Bodh Gaya in the Indian state of Bihar, security forces have been alerted in North Eastern states too, fearing similar bomb blast at religious places. Security forces were seen alert at Kamakhya temple, Guwahati yesterday.

The Buddhist-Rohingya conflict in Myanmar has created a widening zone of in- stability in the region, stretching beyond Myanmar to Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Indonesia. In globalised world, report of conflicts travel far and wide in real fast.

The majority Buddhists of Myanmar have repeatedly attacked Rohingyas, a Bengali- speaking Muslim minority community who are treated by Myanmar as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. Bangladesh rejects them as Myanmarese, with the result that they are nobody’s people.Even Aung San Suu Kyi has been silent on the issue, drawing criticism from the west. Rohingyas are not a part of the 135 recognized ethnic gro-ups in Myanmar, which com- plicates the issue.

In recent times, Rohingyas have found themselves as asylum seekers in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Me-anwhile, the Islamic world has taken up cudgels on the Rohingyas’ behalf, mounting a diplomatic offensive against Myanmar in international forums.

In June and October 2012, there was sustained violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine province (which has Sittwe port, crucial to Indian interests) which displaced 100,000 Rohingyas.

In March this year, anti-Muslim riots in Meiktila, central Myanmar, left 40 dead and thousands without homes. Time magazine recently put 48-year-old Buddhist monk Wirathu as the “face of Buddhist terror”.

Wit its proximity to Myanmar, North East India faces direct danger from not only terrorists, but also in the form of refugees. Almost all the states in North East India have some sort of refugee problems unresolved for many decades.

With similar facial features of Mongoloid looks, the people from North East can easily face back lash from terrorists which are normally aided by Pakistan’s ISI as well as Pakistan based terror outfit LET.

Input: From Various Sources

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