Abdul Bari MasoudNew Delhi:
Civil society groups Wednesday organized a massive protest near the Myanmar Embassy here to express solidarity with the Rohingya Muslims and to voice their indignation against the Government of India (GoI), Myanmar and the international community for their apathy towards the humanitarian issue.
Coming down heavily on the BJP-led government’s apathetic attitude towards the Rohingya’s the protest was held under the e banner “Solidarity with Rohingyas’’. Civil Society groups demanded that the GoI must change its stand on deporting them and offer them humanitarian assistance.
Speakers underlined that the Rohingya Muslims are the “most persecuted and ignored community on the earth”. They have been even persecuted after Myanmar got an elected government under the noble laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.
They said Suu Kyi’s response to “ethnic cleansing” against the mostly-Muslim minority in the country's Rakhine province has exposed her true face. Groups also criticized Prime Narnedra Modi seeking that GoI should abandon its deportation plan of Rohingya refugees and use its influence over Myanmar to stop genocide and persecution of the community members.
They pointed out that India has been hosting more 3,78,600 refugees from eight different countries and deplored some ministers and BJP-RSS leaders provocative statements portraying Rohingya refugees as “security threat to Hindus”.
Prof Apoorvanand said the BJP is trying to rake up the issue for political dividends. Among those who addressed the people were Prof Manoj Jha, Knwar Dansih Ali , Salim Engineer, Ravi Nair, Naved Hamid, SQR Ilyas, Nusrat Ali, Father M D Thomas, Shehla Rashid, Mohit Pandey and others.