Written By: Dr Firoz Mahboob Kamal
More than a million Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state of Myanmar are subject to genocidal cleaning. Thousands of the Muslim children, men and women are brutally massacred. Women are being raped. Thousands of their houses, shops, mosques are blazed to ashes. To save life and chastity, several hundred thousand have already fled to Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia and other countries. The Rohingya Muslims are about 2 million; but now decimated to only one million through sustained eviction and ethnic cleansing. Now, the ethnic cleansing has attained a new barbaric level. But surprisingly, the whole Muslim World is showing their tongue-tied cowardice silence – as if nothing has happened in the world.
The western world’s current worry is North Korea’s ballistic missile; as if the Korean missiles have started killing people in Europe and America and killing their friends in South Korea or Japan. So they could quickly convene an emergency session of the UN’s Security Council to impose more sanction against North Korea. The members of the Security Council show their full consensus on such sanction. But they couldn’t spare any time to think over the on-going genocide in Myanmar. Rather they show their consensus only to keep their silence. Whereas, the genocidal cleansing of Muslims in Myanmar hasn’t started today or yesterday; the UN body could sustain their silence for long years –as keep silence on killings in Kashmir, Palestine and Syria. In fact, such a posture of the World leaders tells a lot vis-à-vis what they can do in the future.
So, the future of the Rohingya Muslims looks very gloomy. They have no friend and no helper. So far, they are suffering the most tremendous atrocities in silence; the carnage continues unfettered. They have received no help from any World Power. Even the neighbouring country like Bangladesh has been very harsh and ungenerous to these ill-fated people. Their boats were not allowed to come nearer to the Bangladeshi shore or cross the Bangladesh Myanmar border. The Bangladesh government even didn’t show any displeasure towards the brutality of Myanmar government, let alone condemn it. Instead, Prime Minister Shaikh Hasina peruses a policy of appeasement towards the Myanmar government. However, one can easily find some historical background for such an immoral congruency of the two governments. The atrocities that are being committed by the Myanmar government and the Buddhist thugs against the Rohingya Muslims, in 1971, the ruling party of Bangladesh and its political cadres did the same atrocities against the non-Bengali Muslims. The non-Bengali Muslims living in Bangladesh were deprived of the civic right to possess any house, shop or property. After the defeat of Pakistan in its eastern province of East Pakistan in December 1971, their houses and shops were forcefully taken by the ruling Awami League’s political cadres. They non-Bengali owners were sent to make-shift shanties; hundreds of thousand still live there. They were not given the citizenship of Bangladesh. As if, Bangladesh is only for the Bengalis. Myanmar government is perusing the same racist policy against the Rohingya Muslims. So, the government of Bangladesh doesn’t possess any moral strength or appetite to condemn similar atrocities against the Rohingya Muslims.