The Rohingya challenge to India’s diplomacy
India's approach of influencing Myanmar's behaviour requires patience which Bangladesh doesn't have as Rohingyas continue to flow in
An estimated 300,000-plus Rohingya refugees from Rakhine State in Myanmar have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh in just about a fortnight. This latest wave of refugees is a direct result of the crackdown by security forces in Myanmar after attacks by a terror group, Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), on 25 August killed a dozen security personnel. Until last week—when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on a visit to Myanmar—New Delhi merely condemned the terror attack and avoided talking about the security crackdown and the refugee situation. India’s position was much to the relief of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s government, which is facing widespread criticism for its handling of the Rohingyas issue.