India's response towards the Rohingya crisis

Authored by: Sabzar Ahmad Bhat

The Routledge Handbook of Refugees in India

Print publication date:  March  2022
Online publication date:  March  2022

Print ISBN: 9780367531096
eBook ISBN: 9781003246800
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The Rohingyas are a Muslim group who live in Rakhine state in Myanmar, a Buddhist majority country. Rohingyas are considered by United Nations, the most persecuted minorities in the world. They suffer routine discrimination, regular violence, arbitrary arrest, and detention and other human rights violations at the hands of neighbouring Rakhine Buddhist groups and from their government. The situation that has been particularly acute since 2012 in the wake of serious sectarian violence. Due to the violence, about half a million of Rohingyas have migrated to its neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan, and India for refuge. It can be stated that Rohingya refugees in India are battling Islamophobia and starvation. Besides, the Indian government treats the Rohingyas in the country as illegal immigrants rather than refugees. The chapter focuses on the following questions like: Who are the Rohingyas? What is the historical background of Rohingya problem? What are the situations of Rohingya refugees in India? Primarily, to explore how India (the world’s largest democracy) treats the Rohingya refugees (the world’s most persecuted minority in the world)?

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