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India’s silence on Myanmar will affect the idea of India- She should act now

by Rinku Khumukcham
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There is no official report on how many youths and teenage as well as minor students had fled their country Myanmar and are presently taking shelter in Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, even as the number of Myanmarese taking shelter at Mizoram is estimated to be over 500.
The instruction of the Indian government to prevent entries of Myanmarese to the Indian soil even though assuring all humanitarian assistance has left the Government of all border stated neighbouring Myanmar to follow the instruction of the Indian government as the matter is in the Union list and state has no power.
A news report about many Myanmar citizens trying to enter the country through Moreh side had been courteously made a return to their country, even after knowing that they have been sent to die to the bullets of the Myanmar Army – the Tatmadaw. The world knows Myanmar is even worst than the wartime situation as Tatmadaw fires live bullet killing over 700 people, by not sparing even 6 years old kids. The whole of Myanmar is in chaos with the Pro Democrats coming to the street and protesting the military coup.
Almost all western countries, including the EU and US as well as Australia, have imposed sanction on the Military junta. India still has not openly given any remark over the development in Myanmar, thinking that a little mistake would affect the internal security of the country. However, China’s stand is made clear as they are in the upper hand to play anything in the political theatre of Myanmar no matter the democracy come to power or the Tatmadaw overthrow the democrats.
The United Nation has condemned and had all records of the barbaric killings happening in Myanmar, Japan and South Korea had taken the development with extreme seriousness and has even condemned the Military action in the most heinous way.
There may be technical reasons for the UN Security Council to directly intervene as China and Russia are permanent members of the UN Security Council.
It has been nearly 2 and half months that the crisis in Myanmar continues and it is likely to go on more days, weeks or perhaps months. Or in another sense, the Tatmadaw may rule the country for years as they seem to have the resources and weapons to kill and challenge the civilian movements.
The latest news received here in the border area is that as many as 100s of youths below the age of 18 has been made an escape from their Country and are illegally taking shelter at various villages in the border. They were forced to escape their country as the Military pull up from their respective home and force them to join the Military force.
Talking to some media representatives, who met them at some undisclosed villages in Indian site, those children who are presently taking shelter said that some of their friends have been forcefully recruited to the military. Some manage to escape and are taking shelter in border villages in Indian site.
Those who manage to escape while talking to the media stated that the newly recruited youths were provided, alcohols, drugs and guns and were let free to act – even at the cost of killing lives of those protestors.
According to Aljazeera reports, the Myanmar military has the highest number of Child Soldier. This was, however, denied by the Tatmadaw. Still then as we now have factual evidence of Child (under age) being recruited as soldiers, it is time that the world community act by interfering with the happening in Myanmar.
India as a neighbouring country should be the main campaigner as the idea of India is to promote and safeguard Democracy.
Instead of keeping silent, the need of the hour is to provide shelter at some specific areas at Border states to make sure that the government of India has been providing humanitarian service to the people of the neighbouring country.
As for border state, allowing the people of Myanmar to take refuge until the crisis ended is a much by framing some regulation. The Union Home Ministry order to seal the border and to send back those escaping from the bullets of the Myanmar Military will not help those entering the country using any means. If they mixed and settled among us it will again be another problem for all the border states, which have been facing an influx of illegal migrants.
It is already 2 and half months and Now India should immediately announce its clear stand that is feasible in implementation.
Watching a neighbour’s house burnt for some personal gains will make India a bad name in the near future. IN the present crisis inside Myanmar- India should not remain as a mere spectator. It will affect in the near future.

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