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Derek Tonkin from London :

The statement that British colonial records "show Rohingya living in the region for hundreds of years" is not correct. In no British official or private documentation is the word "Rohingya" to be found. The British recognised that the Arakan Muslim community included both "old" settlers from the 15th Century onwards, who were quasi-indigenous, and "new" settlers who arrived during British rule. The former were classified from the 1921 Census into an "Indo-Burman" Group, thus recognising both their Indian and Burmese heritage (and indeed most of them spoke or used Rakhine Burmese), while the latter were classed among the broader "Indian” Group. By the 1930s the descendants of the "new" outnumbered descendants of the "old" settlers by at least four to one.

The "old" settlers included distinct ethnic groups like the Heins, Myedu, Zerbaidi and Kaman, while the "new" settlers were ethnic Bengalis mostly from the Chittagong Region. Together, old and new represented a veritable kaleidoscope of ethnicities, but are now subsumed by the contrived, monolithic ethno-political movement known as "Rohingya".

Apr 21, 2017 07:25 AM

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Richard :

Bengali muslims are hijacking the name Rohingya.
All the muslims who using the name Rohingya are identity thieves.
Rohingya mean Rakhingtha (Rakhing people) by Chittagonian Bangali accent.
Same as Burmese call "Rakhing" as "Yakhine". Bengali dialog do not have "Ra" sound. So they used nearest sound "Ro".
So, they call "Rakhingtha as "Rohingya". All the Rakhingtha (Rohingyas are Buddhist) nothing to do with the name Rohingya and Bengali muslims.
The Bengali-Muslim ( Rohingya) have been terrorists since 1942.
The statement that "Rohingya" become terrorists because of long oppression and discrimination against Rohingya is wrong as "Rohingya" has been already terrorists before Burma military regime born in Burma.
They are only thinking to make population grow, relocating into other countries for the propagation of Islam.

Mar 28, 2017 01:48 AM

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