Is Rohingya repatriation process ever possible? By Muhaiminul Islam

Is Rohingya repatriation process ever possible? By Muhaiminul Islam

Issue, National

More than one million Rohingya infiltrators are now living in the Teknaf and Ukhiya, southern part  of Bangladesh since 2017 due to the outrage of Myanmar military. Now the question, is the repatriation of this huge Rohingya community anywise possible?
The Rohingya community are woefully victims of dehumanizing hatreds and intrigue of radical Buddhist community and Myanmar military. They had been facing a daunting test at their native land since many decades depriving of all fundamental rights. Many times they were the victims of genocide, ravage, arson and gang-rape. But the persecution against them augmented outclass since August 25, last year centralizing a rumor that some of Rohingya people set fire at a police base. The male Rohingya people were pitched and burnt alive. Most of the females were undergone a horror ambience by being gang-raped by military. Their breasts were cut- down and their vagina were stuck by rod. Their offspring were thrashed against wall.
What are the main obstructs of Rohingya repatriation? We have to stare back at geopolitical issues.
Covering 36,762 km² of Myanmar’s Western coast, Rakhine state is rich in natural resources. In 2004, South Korean company Daewoo discovered 4.5 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves off the state’s coast. This has sparked the interest of China, eager to diversify its oil sources and extend its influence in the region.
Is Rohingya repatriation process ever possible? By Muhaiminul IslamStarting from 2008, China’s state oil company, the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), was permitted by the Myanmar military government at the time to buy gas from the Shwe reserve, in Rakhine’s offshore basin. China’s project to extract gas from Rakhine directly into its territory was realized in 2013 when gas was transported from Kyaukphyu to China’s Yunnan Province through the Myanmar-China Gas Pipeline. The pipeline, whose construction began in 2010, is said to deliver up to 12 billion m³ of gas per year (source – Burma News International) . Also the Rakhine state of Myanmar is an easy access to China to reach  Africa and the Middle East. With a pipeline crossing Rakhine, oil from the Middle East would reach China faster and more safely.
Also India’s interest in Rakhine is not recent. Indian state-owned companies have also invested in the Myanmar-China Gas pipeline. India’s north- eastern have been suffering many decades of insurgencies and are poorly connected to the Indian mainland. The augmented instabilities in Rakhine state of Myanmar may rise the insurgencies of Indian north-eastern region.
Is Rohingya repatriation process ever possible? By Muhaiminul IslamThe honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina opened the border for Rohingya people and pledged them to meet all their basic needs. But Bangladesh cannot bear the freight of this huge Rohingya people perennially. The talks between Bangladesh and Myanmar were executed many times to repatriate of Rohingya people at their native land. A deal was executed between Bangladesh and Myanmar for the repatriation process. But the Myanmar authority are deliberately delaying the repatriation process. Now the big question arises even if the Myanmar authority revoke the Rohingya people will they reconcile all the fundamental rights of Rohingyas? Unless the Rohingyas will never accede to return back to their native land.
In the circumstances above Both China and India can play a big role in the  process of Rohingya repatriation. Honorable P.M.’s recent visit to China and the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s promise to involve Rohingya repatriation process may open a new doorway. But it is prior to conceal Myanmar to ascertain Rohingya’s citizenship, their safety and give them back their estate. Only then the repatriation process is likely to feasible.