Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Myanmar on Tuesday amidst global condemnation for the ongoing genocide of Rohingya Muslims by the Burmese army in Rakhine state. Among other engagements, Modi also held talks with Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, with whom he shared ‘drinks.’
However, Modi made it very clear that he did not share the world view on the brutal violations of human rights of Rohingya Muslims when he officially confirmed that India shared Myanmar’s concerns over the “extremist violence.”
Modi’s first bilateral visit here comes at a time when the Myanmarese government led by Nobel laureate Suu Kyi is facing international pressure over the 125,000 Rohingya refugees that have poured across the Bangladeshi border in just two weeks after Myanmar’s military launched a crackdown in the Rakhine state. More than 400 Muslims have reportedly been slaughtered by people, now widely being termed as Buddhist terrorists.
Meanwhile, two photos of Modi with Suu Kyi have become topic of intense social media conversation on social media platforms. In the first photo Modi is seen standing with the controversial Nobel Laureate while posing for a photo. In another photo, the two were seen sharing a laughter over drinks although it’s not clear whether the fluid in the champagne glass was alcohol or plain water.
When asked to choose suitable caption on Janta Ka Reporter’s Facebook page, this is how our followers reacted;
Sadik V Jamal wrote, “A Genocide King meets a Genocide Queen,” while Mohammaed Samir Shaikh said that “MODI stands for “Murderer of Democracy in India.”
Mahadev Naik wrote, “He is celebrating because he destroyed India’s #Economy , #FreedomofJournalist , #Democracy, and more things that hurt our nation.”
Rohan Singh Chouhan implied that the striking similarity between them was the “Genocide of Muslims in both the countries.”
In reference to Modi and Suu Kyi holding drinks, Anupam Roy wrote that it was to celebrate the “Rohingyas’ killing.”
Hisham Osmani felt that it was corroborative of the fact that “Birds of same feathers flock together.”
The Centre’s Narendra Modi government has decided to deport thousands of Rohingya refugees currently staying in India. The government’s decision has been challenged in the Supreme Court, which has agreed to hear the case and even asked for a detailed reply from the government. Rohingya Muslims are one of the most persecuted ethnic groups in the world. It’s in this context that India’s Hindu nationalist party has faced condemnation for forcing the refugees back to Myanmar, where they are certain to face hardships and even deaths.
The same Indian government has, in the past, offered citizenships to Hindu and Sikh refugees from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The double-standard of the Indian government has baffled the constitutional experts, who have reminded the secular structure of India as a country