As of ‘Rohingya’ issue is going on in Myanmar and United Nation requested Government under the leadership of Aung-San-Suu-Kyi, The Global Icon of Human Rights and Nobel Peace Prize laureate; to act or at least comment on the issues of the minorities there but sadly nothing absolute has come out of her till now.
India has shown great elements of being a lighthouse of the democracy and humanitarian ethos in the past but these days we are seeing a very surprising paradigm shift coming out of India’s moral of being a ‘Trail-Blazer’ for everyone who is inclined towards humanitarian and democratic righteousness.
The Indian government, on the other hand; has surprised many in the world over her stand regarding this issue. As I mentioned considering themselves as the father of democratic & human-rights, not only they slipped-through-the-net over, expressing sorrow for the minorities there; but also didn’t condemn or demanded Suu-Kyi for her silence while rest of the world is requesting her.
A compound surprise is that India even refused to give shelters to those refugees. It is a compound surprise because this is coming out of Government of ‘pro-refugee’ Mr. Narendra Modi. In a rally conducted at Silchar, Assam in 2014; he established himself as a pro-refuge when he was the prime ministerial candidate of BJP and promoting himself, by saying that ‘We must accommodate Hindu Bangladeshi migrants’. He kept on saying ‘It will be unfair to them and they will be settled across the country with facilities to begin a new life.’ ref.1
This was a mere surprising element of that but in reality, it seems situation is far deeper than just wooing voters. There could be many threads in that deep dug although this blog is covering one specific thread of that; Arms.
Yesterday, a report said that ‘Israel has refused to stop selling weapons to the military junta in Burma, despite allegations that the country is committing ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya Muslim minority.’ ref.2
It is well known that India wants to grab every opportunity that comes its way through Israel as they are the ace in the areas where India is loosening up, take, for example; indigenous defense technology development program, water sanitation technology or counter over Pakistan. Indian government knows that Israel has the ability to solidify their proliferation policies; thus making sure return of them. They want to keep Israel happy and sound by not harming their interest which simply equates to shutting their mouth as much as they can, over allegations of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya Muslims; aligning with their internal politics.
Although there can be some merit in India’s overall stand if one believes in some reports, as their government officials do; such reports can never take a toll on India’s historic reputation of being an anchor to refugees and migrants. ref.3
Why does it matter to you? Because it is a serious shift in India, from being a global lighthouse of humanitarian & democratic righteousness, as they introduce themselves; to a utilitarian conundrum.