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The Indian government has told its Supreme Court that Rohingya refugees are a threat to the country’s national security. The top court is hearing a petition by two Rohingyas living in Delhi, challenging Narendra Modi’s order of deporting Rohingya Muslims.

The decision to deport them comes at a time when the Burmese military has stepped up its offensive against the Rohingya Muslims, drawing condemnation from across the globe. The indiscriminate use of force against hapless Muslim in the Rakhine province has been termed by the UN as ethnic cleansing.

It also gives strength to those claims which portray Narendra Modi as utterly anti-Muslim and one espousing the cause of the firebrand ideology of Hindutva, pandering to his roots

Some 40,000 Rohingya Muslims live in India out of which 15,000 have received refugee status. India wants to deport all of them. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has stepped up demands to expel the refugees since they are a threat to the country. Prime Minister Modi, during his recent visit to Myanmar, assured Aung San Suu Kyi of his support in fighting terrorism.

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The council of the Indian government told the Supreme Court: “The state considers that Rohingyas are a threat to national security”. India has pointed out to the alleged support by Pakistan to Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA).

While the world is condemning on the violent spree that Myanmar is on, India has attributed this an operation against common threats of terrorism.

It is inspired by Trump’s tirade against Pakistan, terming it as a sponsor of terrorism. India would find it easier to target Pakistan in such an environment

Analysts opine that the situation in Myanmar is being stoked up and given a Pakistani touch because of China. Beijing has varied business interests in Myanmar and it is one the roads in the Silk Route.

The idea behind spreading disinformation and portraying ISI as the culprit behind the recent activities of ARSA is, in all earnestness, aimed at creating a rift between China and Pakistan in a bid to damage the CPEC. It is inspired by Trump’s tirade against Pakistan, terming it as a sponsor of terrorism. India would find it easier to target Pakistan in such an environment.

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The world is condemning on the violent spree that Myanmar is on, India has attributed this an operation against common threats of terrorism

India is terming these refugees a threat but 46 years ago it not only welcomed refugees from erstwhile East Pakistan, but supported, and armed them before physically helping the separation of East Pakistan, something which they claim boisterously till date.

Hapless Rohingyas are groping for shelter and begging for their lives; they cannot protect themselves let alone posing a threat to Indian national security. It also gives strength to those claims which portray Narendra Modi as utterly anti-Muslim and one espousing the cause of the firebrand ideology of Hindutva, pandering to his roots.

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