Immigrants have always been the topic of debate and discourse in almost every developed, and developing country. The recent Rohingya – India immigration has taken the furor to a whole new level. When the Burmese government refused to view a particular ethnic group as citizens of the country, it sounded pretty much like another Asian-Peninsula-Country-crisis. But when the government gave a go-ahead to the massacre of the innocents, who were slaughtered because of their descent, matters aggravated. The following years witnessed the flux of immigrants into neighboring countries drawing attention not only to the ethical implications but also to economical and political structures.
One the one hand, is the ethical dilemma of being a humane government, while on the other hand rests the responsibility of maintaining economical and military security. Various religious groups, for various different reasons (an article to itself), have aided the refugees in multiple ways. While it is imperative that we allow room for the sentimental, it is equally important to gauge the economic and security variables.
It is not for me to argue, whether we should let them enter (and/or stay) or not, but I would like to give a brief outline of the hows and the whats of this crisis. Minority ethnicity groups have always been persecuted and will continue to be until the norm of categorization change. The emotional aspect of mankind will naturally point towards aiding the refugees and letting them find asylum in India. But what we do not realize is that the sentimental might overpower the rational. When Arnab Goswami made the comment of India not being dumping grounds, I believe he was right. Am I advocating an anti-refugee status quo? Absolutely not! What I am trying to say is that we have done quite a lot in terms of allowing refugees into our country. Millions of Rohingyas have settled in places around the border. No, settled is not the right word. There have been cases where the immigrants have routed the native dwellers of the area. With the influx of immigrants, the security concerns at borders have gone up. Various cases of security compromises are being reported. Furthermore, this sudden outburst of immigrant influx has painted a question mark on the economical stability of India.
But will we compromise on ethical requirements to keep our economy strong? Will we ignore security concerns? Will we use force to keep the immigrants out? Will we let our economy fall fragile for immigrants? All these questions will eventually boil down to the argument of the greater good of the greater number.
It remains an open question which will require much more than just an article as to whether we should go ahead with letting them ‘dump’ into India, and in either of the alternatives, how will we ensure a balance of ethics, security, and economy. A question that I will leave unanswered.