Modi and the Rohingya crisis


President Modi of India has openly expressed his support of Myanmar on the Rohingya issue, and sided with Aung San Suu Kyi, describing India and Myanmar as partners in the crisis. He also condemned the terrorist attacks on police forces in the Rakhine state. They are concerned with the security situation in Myanmar, whereas Bangladesh is more focussed on their situation as more and more refugees flood into the country. Despite his support for Myanmar against the terrorist attack in the Rakhine state, in his meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi, he steadfastly avoided any mention of the widespread discrimination and persecution of the Rohingya Muslims. Unlike the 700,000 Rohingya Muslims that Bangladesh has taken in, over all the years that they have been forced to leave their homes in the Rakhine state, India has received just 40,000. Modi vowed last month to deport them all.

This is curious because India have generally had a good relationship with Bangladesh. They have a $7 billion trade deal, set to move to $10 billion. They have other positive agreements such as border agreements. This supportation of Myanmar in the crisis has lead me to wonder if India has not quarrelled with Bangladesh? If not, why has Modi chosen Myanmar over Bangladesh?

What do you think?

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