Bhopal: Terming the Rohingya issue as serious, a senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader today said that “outsiders” should not be allowed to stay in India beyond a specific period, and suggested that a policy be formed to deal with the refugees.
More than a million Rohingya people have left Myanmar to escape the violence following military backlash against the Muslim minority after militants raided police posts on August 25. Many of the Rohingya refugees have come to India.
“No outsider should have the right to stay in the country after a definite period. This is a serious issue and the country should think deeply before allowing them in,” RSS general secretary (Sarkaryawah) Suresh Bhaiyaji Joshi said.
He was talking to reporters in Bhopal on the last day of the three-day meeting of the Akhil Bhartiya Karyakari Mandal, a top decision-making body of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
“It should be pondered why they were expelled from Myanmar. When (the Myanmar government) realised that because of them there is a problem in the country, they expelled them,” said Joshi, who is the No. 2 in the RSS hierarchy.
“Earlier too, such people came to our nation and settled in places like Hyderabad and Jammu,” he said.
Joshi suggested running a background check on people coming to India in large numbers. “If we don’t check the background of people coming to the country, then that will pose a threat to the nation’s security.”
“Those who arrived here secured Aadhaar and PAN cards and got their names included in the voters’ list. They did not come to take refuge… They have come under a conspiracy,” he said.
Joshi also wondered why the Rohingya did not go to their neighbouring nations like China and Indonesia. “Taking this into consideration, our country should make a policy for them.”
When pointed that some people in India were backing the Rohingya refugees, he said there was a need to find out who these people were and what was their background.