Rohingya Crisis: Humanitarian motives can not undermine national security; India must resist coercive pressures


A blow to the wrist of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNHRC) seems to have forced a change in Rohingya’s policy of India. India has previously announced that it will “act under the law” and deport about 40,000 illegal immigrants in different parts of the country. About 14,000 more are registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

On Monday, however, Union Minister of Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju told the Hindu that there are no plans yet to push them out. He added that only states have been asked to identify illegal immigrants and “act by procedure.” The minister also appeared extremely sensitive to criticism from the human rights body.

The security threat posed by the Rohingya affluence is well documented, and we will explore it further. But this rise is proportional to the image of India as a “soft state.” It suggests that India remains vulnerable to coercive behavior when it comes to non-negotiable issues such as national security. All you need for India to perform is just the right amount of thrust.

Liberals and human rights agencies have framed the argument exclusively within the parameters of humanitarian crises. It has been argued that India is insensitive in ignoring the plight of the stateless Rohingya and that its claim to be a liberal democracy is hollow.

UNHRC chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein has deplored India’s plan to deport illegal migrants who have fled because of violence in Myanmar and reminded India of its “due process obligations and universal principle of non-refoulement “with” increased intolerance towards religious minorities and others in India. “