A senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Saturday said that Myanmar had expelled Rohingyas after realizing that there was a “problem in the country because of them.”
More than a million Rohingyas, most of them Muslims, have fled Myanmar to escape a brutal campaign by the Burmese military and Buddhist mobs against the minority community, described by the United Nations as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”
The Indian government wants to deport some 40,000 Rohingyas who have taken refuge in the country, claiming that they are a “security threat.”
“No outsider should have the right to stay in the country after a definite period. This is a serious issue and the country should think deeply before allowing them in,” RSS general secretary (Sarkaryawah) Suresh Bhaiyaji Joshi said.
“It should be pondered why they were expelled from Myanmar. When (the Myanmar government) realised that because of them there is a problem in the country, they expelled them,” said Joshi, who is the No. 2 in the RSS hierarchy.
He was talking to reporters in Bhopal on the last day of the three-day meeting of the Akhil Bhartiya Karyakari Mandal, a top decision-making body of the RSS, according to news agency PTI.
“Earlier too, such people came to our nation and settled in places like Hyderabad and Jammu,” he said.
Joshi suggested running a background check on people coming to India in large numbers. “If we dont check the background of people coming to the country, then that will pose a threat to the nations security.”
“Those who arrived here secured Aadhaar and PAN cards and got their names included in the voters list. They did not come to take refuge… They have come under a conspiracy,” he said.
Joshi also wondered why the Rohingya did not go to their neighbouring nations like China and Indonesia. “Taking this into consideration, our country should make a policy for them.”
When pointed that some people in India were backing the Rohingya refugees, he said there was a need to find out who these people were and what was their background.
Asked about contentious issues like the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, Article 370 – which grants special status to Jammu & Kashmir – and the Common Civil Code, he said these questions should be asked to the Union government.
The meet, attended by top RSS leaders and delegates, including its head Mohan Bhagwat, reviewed programmes undertaken by the organisation in the past six months.