THE NEWS DESK:Taslima Nasreen to Indians:
Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen, currently living in exile in India, says Delhi should change its stance on the Rohingya and provide shelter to them.
In an interview with News18.com, she said it was up to Delhi to decide whether the refugees were a security threat.
She said the Rohingya posed similar threats to Bangladesh but Dhaka provided them shelter.
More than 400,000 refugees arrived in Bangladesh since the beginning of Myanmar’s latest crackdown on the minority, which the UN dubbed “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”, on August 25.
Indian officials claim that about 40,000 Rohingya came to India illegally four or five years ago from Bangladesh where they had gathered after fleeing persecution in Myanmar.
Delhi is now trying to deport the Rohingya over alleged terror ties. The Indian supreme court is hearing an appeal filed on the behalf of the Muslim minority to stop their expulsion.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has been criticised for not speaking out against the persecution of the Rohingya.
Taslima said she would still request the Indian government to reconsider its decision.
India, she said, is a democracy and much stronger than other neighbouring countries.
“All Rohingyas are not terrorists. And maybe some of them are, but if they live in India I believe Indian government can check terrorism much better than Bangladesh government can do or Pakistan can do,” she said in the interview.