“Why no apartments and amenities for us, Mr. Modi?” : Pakistani Hindu refugees

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri today announcement on twitter that in a “historic” decision, the government has decided to transfer all Rohingya “refugees” to EWS (Economically Weaker Section) apartments in Delhi’s Bakkarwala district, where they will be provided with basic amenities, UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) ID and 24 hour protection by Delhi Police.

Puri went on to add, “Those who have made a career out of spreading canards about India’s refugee policy by deliberately linking it to #CAA will be disappointed. India respects and follows @UN 1951 Refugee Convention and offers refuge to all, regardless of race, religion or belief. »

According to reports, it appears that around 1100 Rohingyas living in tents in Madanpur Khadar area of ​​Delhi will be moved to EWS flats in Bakkarwala (West Delhi). The decision was reportedly taken after a high-level meeting on Rohingya accommodation was held in the nation’s capital. The Delhi government was supporting around Rs 7 lakh per month in rent for the tents where the Rohingyas currently live.

The Delhi government’s social welfare department has been ordered to provide “basic facilities” such as a fan, three meals, a landline telephone, television and recreational facilities in the new campus for the Rohingya.

The Rohingya crisis has existed for more than a decade, but their exodus from the Rakhine region to Mynamar exploded in August 2017 after the jihadist group ARSA launched a campaign of terror targeting Myanmar border guards and non- Muslims like Hindus, Buddhists and other indigenous peoples. Over 100 Hindus were murdered in cold blood by Rohingya Islamists and buried in mass graves, and many women were abducted, forced to convert to Islam and marry Muslim men. Some of the horror stories can be read here. These events led to brutal reprisals by the Myanmar military, driving hundreds of thousands of Rohingyans to seek refuge in Bangladesh and Bharat.

According to “official” accounts, 40,000 Rohingyan refugees live in Bharat, half of whom are registered with UNHCR. Very often there are reports of crimes involving Rohingyans and illegal Bangladeshi immigrants. In recent months, the authorities have dismantled criminal gangs that have been working to infiltrate them from our porous eastern border and settle them in the heart of the country after fraudulently arranging IDs and other documents.

It is not just ordinary Bharatiyas who oppose Rohingyas settling. Bangladesh, which has the largest number of refugees (about 1 million), recently moved many of them to a remote island and is exploring ways to deport them as soon as possible. The same goes for wealthier Islamic nations like Saudi Arabia and Malaysia. Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh and Bharat have become centers of criminal activity and radicalism, and sources of growing conflict with locals.

Pathetic condition of Hindu Pakistani and Bangladeshi refugees living in Bharat

The government’s decision to house Rohingyans in EWS flats and provide amenities and security has angered many, especially given the squalor and inhumane conditions in which most Pakistani Hindu refugees live in Delhi. . This writer visited the Adarsh ​​Nagar camp and saw with his own eyes how around 800 Hindus live in dilapidated tents and huts, without electricity, water or sanitation, and under threat of eviction.

One of the main campaign promises of the BJP was to enact laws to settle the persecuted Dharmics of the Islamic nations in our neighborhood. And hopes were high when the government. finally passed the long-awaited CAA law in December 2019. But inexplicably, this law has been put in cold storage and the laws for its implementation have not been drafted.

Of course, the powerful Hinduphobic elements of Bharat politics have spared no effort to oppose the humanitarian CAA as a “community” law, and several petitions against it have been filed in the Supreme Court. These same elements, which include experienced lawyers like Rajeev Dhawan and Prashant Bhushan, have flooded with petitions on behalf of the Rohingyans and have been given priority consideration by our Supreme Court and judges like DY Chandrachud.

Surprisingly, when someone approached the High Court in Delhi to secure electricity and water connections for the Pakistani Hindu refugee camp of Adarsh ​​Nagar, the Center refused to hear appeals. desperate and told the court that the camps were “illegal” and “encroached” on defense land. ! Meanwhile, the Bangladeshi camps located next to the rudimentary Hindu settlement would boast of concrete structures, electricity and even air conditioners!

The situation is no different in other camps in Delhi such as Majnu-ka-Tila.

“We received no help, not even water and electricity. We feel betrayed. We no longer have compassion within us, because no one here has shown us compassion. Only a caged bird can feel the pain of being caged,” said Radha Solanki (52), who moved to Bharat from Pakistan nine years ago and lives in Majnu-ka-Tila, while talking to PTI last month.

Conclusion

He is possible that today’s announcement by Hardeep Puri is a move to ensure that the CAA is not struck down by the courts for ‘unequal treatment of refugees’. On the other hand, now that all these immigrants will receive UNHCR refugee identity cards, it will become all the more difficult to deport them according to due process. There are also a few speculation that this decision is the result of pressure exerted by the UNHCR and anti-Hindu pressure groups based in the United States.

But one thing is indisputable. The refugee status and amenities the center has now said it will provide to Rohingyans is something that has been denied to Pakistani Hindus. HinduPost spoke to activists Hariom Sahoo and Rana Ranjeet Rai who work with Pakistani Hindu refugees in Delhi and Jodhpur respectively, and they were unanimous in saying that the persecuted Hindus would like if a similar refugee status was granted to them as well, pending the implementation of the CAA.

Right now these Hindus are living in limbo. Many stay on long-term visas (LTV) or try to convert their pilgrim vias to LTV. Those with LTV manage to get some documents like Aadhar and PAN and work permits for private jobs at best. Their children struggle to be admitted to public schools. Legal electricity and water connections are denied to their camps.

In many places, they are viewed with suspicion by local authorities and sometimes forcibly evicted. But they get minimal benefits from the state, because they are neither citizens nor refugees. Some of them appealed for refugee status, but were denied because government sources told them “something big” (CAA?) was in the works. A webinar organized by shed light on some of the bureaucratic hassles these refugees face.

One activist we spoke to gave an example of bureaucracy: Those who arrived before 2015 can have their LTV extended even though their Pakistani passport has now expired. Others must first renew their Pakistani passport. For this, they have to go to the Pakistani High Commission in Delhi and pay a considerable sum, which is usually impossible for poor families struggling to survive.

The harsh truth is that hundreds of refugees have been forced to return to Pakistan due to the uncertainty and poor living conditions in Bharat.

So, at the bare minimum, if CAA is not implemented anytime soon, the Pakistani Hindu refugees should enjoy refugee status and equal treatment with Rohingyans. If the Modi government does not act quickly, it risks a serious erosion of enthusiasm among its cadres as disillusion sets in seeing the government backtrack on various issues over the past 2 years.

Another learning for Hindus is that we need Hindu organizations at all levels, especially religious ones, to educate the masses on these issues and start putting pressure on the secular state. Mere cultural nationalism is apparently not enough to make the Hindu voice heard in the corridors of power.

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