THAT Bangladesh has been exposed to serious difficulties due to Myanmar’s deliberate efforts of ethnic cleansing by way of conducting genocide against its Rohingya population in the Rakhaine state is visibly clear. Reports have it, the Myanmar army has burnt down more than 10,000 houses in the state and killed 3,000 Rohingyas since August 25 only, forcing over 3,00,000 Rohingya men, women and children entering Bangladesh, raising the total number of Myanmar nationals in the country to over 7,00,000. Thus, Bangladesh has taken upon itself, rightly, the responsibilities of providing the Rohingya refugees with shelters, food, medical care, etcetera until a congenial atmosphere is restored in Rakhaine for the refugees to return. However, with the repressive Myanmar authorities deliberately ousting the Rohingyas by means of brutal violence and obstinately refusing to take their citizens back, Bangladesh cannot do much to resolve the crisis through bilateral negotiations. Under the circumstance, what is, however, is not very clear to us as to what the government of Bangladesh doing to impress upon the powerful foreign countries to come forward to help the persecuted Rohingyas return to their home land, and live there, without any danger.
Bangladesh’s Foreign Affairs Minister on Sunday has put forward a four-point proposal before the foreign diplomats in Dhaka, urging them to pursue their respective governments to come forward to help both the persecuted Rohingyas and the host Bangladesh. This was important, but highly inadequate. The most important countries that can effectively help resolve the Rohingya crisis include India and China. The proactive roles of the United States and Russia definitely remain very important, not to mention the important role that the United Nations is expected to play in such crises. But, by all indications so far, the governments of India, China, Russia and the United States have loudly taken the side of the repressive politico-military regime of Myanmar, which is conducting the genocide on Rohingyas. Under the incumbents, China is doing robust businesses in Bangladesh, Russia has also secured huge businesses — selling of Rooppur nuclear power plant at an exorbitant price being an example, while India has achieved many an otherwise unachievable benefit — political, economic and strategic. But none of the states in question even appears genuinely concerned about the difficulties that Bangladesh has been exposed to for Myanmar’s crime. The cruel fact in question only proves that the repeated claim of the incumbents that Bangladesh under their leadership has achieved friendship of all the major powers of the world is nothing but a mere rhetoric.
However, no rhetoric would help resolve the enormous crises involving the existence of more than half a million Rohingya refugees on the one hand and Bangladesh’s social, political and economic problems relating to the issue on the other. It is, therefore, time that the government adopts a comprehensive policy and organises all its human resources, home and abroad, to sensitise the powerful countries on earth to mount effective pressure on Myanmar to stop genocide in the Rakhaine state, receive their citizens back and ensure safety and security to the Rohingyas in their homeland. It is important that Bangladesh make the world powers realise that the crisis, if remains unresolved for uncertain period, might destabilise the entire region, and that too to the benefit of none.
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