National News

Rohingya crisis: Citizens urge Modi not to forcibly send asylum seekers back to Myanmar

In a letter to the prime minister, the signatories asked New Delhi to try and cease the violence carried out in Rakhine state.

Fifty-one personalities have come together to appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to not forcibly send back Rohingya refugees to violence-hit Rakhine state in Myanmar. In an open letter to Modi, the signatories have asked India to try and stop the persecution carried out by security forces in Myanmar.

The signatories to the letter include Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, former Union minister P Chidambaram, academic Nivedita Menon, former Home Secretary GK Pillai, actor Swara Bhaskar, activists Teesta Setalvad and Harsh Mander, writer Anil Dharker, mediaperson Pritish Nandy, activist and politician Yogendra Yadav and journalists Sagarika Ghose and Karan Thapar, among others.

The signatories said it would be against India’s humanitarian principles and its obligations under international law to deport the asylum seekers and refugees currently residing in India. “At a time when the Rakhine State is literally burning, more urgent and immediate steps are needed to stem the current wave of violence,” the letter read. Until the violence, gangrapes and arson against the Rohingyas come to an end in Myanmar, they enjoy the right to stay in India, according to international law, the letter said.

“India’s justification to deport the Rohingya is premised on the false assumption that all Rohingya people present a potential threat to the national security. This is simply not the case, and the evidence to support these assertions have not been held up,” it said.

The signatories further said the solution to the crisis does not lie in the deportation of the refugees, but in ending the state-led violence in Rakhine state. “India’s credibility as a net security provider for our neighbours in the region would be severely compromised if we fail to act on behalf of our broader interests in the region,” it added.

Supreme Court to hear Rohingya refugees’ plea on Friday

On Friday, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, will hear petitions challenging the Centre’s decision to identify and deport Rohingya refugees.

In August, the Centre had announced that it was planning to deport all 40,000 Rohingya refugees living in the country. On September 18, the Centre told the Supreme Court in an affidavit that the continued illegal immigration of Rohingyas to India had “serious national security ramifications and threats”. It claimed that inputs from security agencies indicated that some of the refugees had links with terror groups in Pakistan.

The Centre’s plea was in response to a PIL filed by two Rohingya immigrants, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, who said they had taken refuge in India after escaping discrimination, violence and bloodshed against their community in Myanmar.

We welcome your comments at letters@scroll.in.
Sponsored Content BY 

When house hunting is as easy as shopping for groceries

The supermarket experience comes to a sector where you least expected it.

The woes of a house hunter in India are many. The dreary process starts with circling classifieds in newspapers and collecting shiny brochures. You flip through the proposed and ready designs that launch a hundred daydreams on the spot. So far so good. But, every house hunter would attest to the soul-crushing experience of checking out a disappointing property.

The kitchen of a 2BHK is carved from the corner of the hall, the 3BHK is a converted 2BHK, the building looks much older than in the pictures…. after months of reading the fine line, and between the lines, you feel like all the diagrams and highlights seem to blur into each other.

After much mental stress, if you do manage to zero in on a decent property, there’s a whole new world of knowledge to be navigated - home loans to be sifted through, taxes to be sorted and a finance degree to be earned for understanding it all.

Do you wish a real estate platform would address all your woes? Like a supermarket, where your every need (and want) is catered to? Imagine all your property choices nicely lined up and arranged with neat labels and offers. Imagine being able to compare all your choices side by side. Imagine viewing verfied listings and knowing what you see is what you get. Imagine having other buyers and experts guiding you along every step while you make one of the most important investments in your life. Imagine...

MagicBricks has made every Indian house hunters’ daydream of a simplified real estate supermarket a reality. Now you have more than a pile of brochures at your disposal as the online real estate marketplace brings you lakhs of choices to your fingertips. Instead of bookmarking pages, you can narrow down your choices by area, budget, house type etc. Just so you aren’t hit by FOMO, you can always add a suburb you’ve been eyeing or an extra bedroom to your filter. But there’s more to a house than just floor space. On MagicBricks, you can check for good schools in the vicinity, a park for evening walks or at least an assured easier commute. Save time and energy by vetting properties based on the specs, pictures and floor plans uploaded and have all your niggling concerns addressed on the users’ forum.

Shortlisted a property? Great! No need to descend down another spiral of anxiety. Get help from reliable experts on MagicBricks on matters of legalities, home loans, investment, property worth etc. You can even avail their astrology and Vastu services to ensure an auspicious start to life in your new home or office. With its entire gamut of offerings, MagicBricks has indeed brought the supermarket experience to real estate in India, as this fun video shows below.

Play

Get started with a simplified experience of buying, renting and selling property on MagicBricks here.

This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of MagicBricks and not by the Scroll editorial team.