Chandigarh

ROHINGYAS TOO INSIGNIFICANT TO BE A THREAT TO THE LARGEST DEMOCRACY OF THE WORLD

September 23, 2017 07:10 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

Prof Sukhdev Singh Sirsa, President, Punjabi Sahit Academy, said since there is no criminal record of those Rohingyas who are already settled in various parts of the country, why to fear them as potential terrorists. Sh S.K. Khosla, Adv Lovneet Thakur, Gurjasjit Singh, Com. Gurdip Singh, Sardara Singh Cheema, Dr Vinod Chaudhry also joined the protest.

Today once again the activists from the tri-city gathered at Plaza, Sector 17, Chandigarh to make an appeal to the government of India that Rohingyas, who are being butchered in Myanmar as part of ethnic cleansing, should not forcibly be repatriated to Myanmar.

Explaining the refugee problem Sh S.P. Singh, an eminent journalist, said that Rohingyas are largely concentrated at Rakhine state of Myanmar bordering Bangladesh and also very close to Tripura state of India. After the attack on Rohingyas they are running for shelter in India and as also in Bangladesh.

As part of ethnic cleansing many villages have been burnt down, women are raped and even children and old people are not spared from the brutal attacks. Dr. P.L. Garg, former Registrar of Baba Farid University, said Punjab has seen such a massive man-slaughter during the partition in 1947 and it is only human to defend the right to life for the Rohingyas as provided by the constitution of India. 

A large number of writers, teachers, students, journalists, social activists, and advocates joined the protest and demanded from the government of India not to deport Rohingyas who are already living in India, though a very small in number. Com Kamaljit Singh of CPI(ML) Libertioin while condemning the demonization of the Rohingyas by the Indian government reminded our own past whereby India stood for the oppressed people. The present Prime Minister of India however looks every issue through the communal prism and did not even visit Palestinians on his way to Israel.

Harbans Singh Dholewal, General Secretary, Democratic Swaraj Party, said that it is the duty of the neighbouring democratic counties to extend support to Rohingyas who are being hounded and butchered as part of ethnic cleansing. Prof.

Manjit Singh, President, Democratic Swaraj Party, addressing the gathering said that India has a history to provide shelter to the refugees from Tibet and Bangladesh. India has also extended helping hand to Chakmas and many other ethnic communities facing threat to their lives in their own countries. Dr Ranvir Singh, Panjab University, Chandigarh added that by closing our borders to Rohingyas fleeing from Rakhine state of Myanmar for survival would not be without a blemish on our own glorious past.

Prof Sukhdev Singh Sirsa, President, Punjabi Sahit Academy, said since there is no criminal record of those Rohingyas who are already settled in various parts of the country, why to fear them as potential terrorists. Sh S.K. Khosla, Adv Lovneet Thakur, Gurjasjit Singh, Com. Gurdip Singh, Sardara Singh Cheema, Dr Vinod Chaudhry also joined the protest.

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