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Rohingyas : The Crisis of Identity – Jammu Voice

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Rohingyas : The Crisis of Identity

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By Satish Sharma

Declared as a ‘stateless entity’ by the country they call home, rejected by others, the Rohingyas are living in despair and desolation. Virtually stateless, they’ve been fleeing Myanmar, seeking refuge wherever destiny takes them.

In recent years, tens of thousands of Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh and other neighbouring countries like India, Malaysia, Pakistan etc. amidst a military crackdown by the Myanmar army, on insurgents in the western Rakhine state. There are also reports that the army is burning villages and laying landmines along the border.
Horrifying stories of mass killing, rapes and arson have emerged, which has been refuted by the Myanmar government as being false and distorted.
About one million Rohingyas are estimated to live in the western Rakhine state, where they are a minority. After the outbreak of communal violence in 2012, more than 100,000 were displaced. Thousands of them were forced to settle in the camps where their movements were restricted. Unable to travel or even move out of the camps, many Rohingyas have been trapped at the Myanmar-Bangladesh border since August 2016.

Why is it happening?

Rohingyas : The Crisis of Identity

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Rohingyas claim that they are one amongst Myanmar’s many ethnic minorities, originating from Arab traders and other groups who have been in the region for generations.
The Myanmar government, on the other hand, has refused to accord them an ethnic minority status, has denied them citizenship and instead has declared them as stateless entities and illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.
Being a predominantly Buddhist country under decades long military rule, there has been a longstanding history of communal mistrust, which has been exploited at times.

Rohingyas : The Crisis of Identity

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International take on the issue
Today hundreds of thousands of undocumented Rohingya are living in ignominy in Bangladesh, India and other neighbouring countries, after having fled there over many years.
A UN spokeswoman in 2009 described the Rohingyas as “probably the most friendless people in the world”.
Today the plight of the Rohingyas has briefly captured the world’s attention and seen some strong criticism and protests emerge from Myanmar’s Muslim-majority neighbours.
The UN human rights office recently said, for a second time this year, that abuses suffered by the Rohingyas could amount to crimes against humanity. It also said that it regretted that the government had failed to act on a number of recommendations it had provided, including lifting restrictions of movement on the Rohingyas.
It has called for an investigation into the recent allegations of rights abuses, as well as for humanitarian access and aid to be given to them.

Rohingyas : The Crisis of Identity

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India’s take on the issue 
As part of ‘Operation Insaniyat,’ the Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday , September 2017, sent relief aid to Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh following fresh violence in Rakhine State.
India’s relief measure comes after Bangladesh put pressure on the Indian government, following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s lukewarm response to the Rohingya crisis during his recent visit to Myanmar.

Rohingyas : The Crisis of Identity

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Although PM Modi talked about “extremist violence” perpetrated by Rohingya militants, he did not make any mention of the massive humanitarian crisis that has put tremendous pressure on Bangladesh to host incoming refugees.
Deputy interior minister Kiren Rijiju had claimed that India would deport 40,000 undocumented or “illegal” immigrants back to Myanmar, citing security threat reasons.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh recently said that  Rohingya Muslims are illegal immigrants and not refugees who had applied for asylum in India. He further stated that there is a procedure to get refugee status and since none of them have followed this procedure, they will be treated as illegal immigrants and deported.

Rohingyas : The Crisis of Identity

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Why India considers them as a security threat?
The Rohingyas have been associated with a history of armed militancy since the 1940s, when they tried to secede from Myanmar and create a separate Islamist state.
Even in Indonesia, police say they have foiled an IS-linked bomb plot targeting the Myanmar embassy.
J&K police claim that here too, In India, they are involved with militant groups.
Burmese, Bangladeshi and Indian intelligence agencies have found Pakistan’s terror groups hiring Rohingyas from Bangladeshi refugee camps, training and arming them in Bangladesh and using them for terrorist activities in India.
After the 25th August 2017 incident in Rakhine, Kashmiri separatist leaders called for protests in the valley against the killings of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, which turned violent. And people of Jammu find this connection worrying.
There are claims that many of these refugees have managed to get voter cards and PAN cards and other national identities, which is possibly a major threat to the security system of the country.

Rohingyas : The Crisis of Identity

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So what lies ahead?
The Rohingya issue is undeniably a massive humanitarian disaster. But such issues are best solved locally.  Myanmar along with the UN and other international agencies, needs to find a solution to this issue.
Meanwhile, it is important for the neighbouring countries including India, to look at the Rohingyas, both from a humanitarian and security point of view, until a solution to this issue is found.

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Ayurvedic Perspective of Sleeplessness

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By Dr. Milan Singh

Sleeplessness originates in More-Excess air elements

Acc. : Ayurveda

Introduction:-

Ayrurveda holds that the human being is precipitated from a higher,
subtle consciousness, and has taken on “coursings” such as ahuman
body. It is said that 5 elements fire, water, air earth and ether makes
human body collectively all to Ayurveda.

We, will focus on the air elements qualities and actions according
to the parent science of polarity therapy. Ayurveda for treating
sleeplessness, a disturbing common disorder today.

The air element is the second in density of the 5 elements
comprising the human body, mind and consciousness. Prana (life force)
expressed as the air elements govern’s movement (rajas guna) and
agents of movement such as the human nervous system, sensory
systems, respiratory system, structural system, peristalsis, association,
choice and ascension.

It characteristics qualities are dry, light, cold, mobile, subtle and
changeable. Its main sites are the calan, joints, skin, ear canals,CNS

and “marna” points. Here begins the daily journey of winding down into
sound, restorative sleep.

The air, element also maintains auric field and negative electrically
charged polarities and its chakra and meridian movements. There
begins the journey of reining in the mind each evening. The mental
channels are under the jurisdiction of their owner who can develop life
affirming habits.

The air element, when balanced and in its right places, functions
to govern timing such as coordination of digestive values opening and
closing, blinking, maintainable and endocrine order, cellular
communications and cosmic awareness. When imbalanced, subjective
signs such as gasses, sleeplessness, joint popping , sensory
impairment, constipation, vertigo, auditory delusions, anorexia,
forgetfulness, fears or treamors can develop.

SUB DOSHAS

The air element expresses in 5 element system and pathways in
human life.

Prana (inspiration, assimilation, sensory communication), Vetana
expiration, speech, motor communications), Samana (abdominal

digestive oscillation), Apana (pelvic elimination, stabilization grounding
etc. and vyana (cordial, lymphatic and thermal circulation)

For example, sleeplessness calls for downward moving
protocols while respiratory diseases such as Asthma, bronchitis,
pneumonia, copal etc. involve more upward or Udana. Related
disturbances.

AIR ELEMENT BALANCING PROTOCOLS

Marma points are thought of in Ayurveda as doorways to the
higher consciousness, awareness of these doorways helps awaken
insight into the ones symptoms causative factors. Through still point
contacts, prana is invited to restore its natural balance by experiencing
letting go of under physical, emotional or spiritual pain. Exhalation
becomes an important pathway of wariness of choice. Retaining the
mind and body for stillness is more important for vata person, who can
become more easily influenced by sensory stimuli such line
temperature changes, sound etc.

Pranasthana:-

Means to restore stability and balance to prana life, by focusing
on protocols to contact its main sites and doorway. The respiratory,
CNS, Endocrine system and facial systems are all important sites of

prana, affecting habitual subconscious inhalations of life forces. The
pulmonary grid sites of the thoracic cavity, both front and back serve as
important doorways for deepening the inhalation and exhalations.

PRANAYAM AND PRANASTHANA

Ancient yogic breathing practices help retain the minds pattern’s
from agitation to claimless, from self centeredness to self centeredness
easily at home, one can practice anulom-viloma, alternate nostril
breathing, making the breath deeper fuller and more silent with each
lack successful breath, leading to mastery over one’s breath and one
thoughts.

By remembering ones true stillness, the mind is restored one
refreshed.

At home, use a late afternoon tea of equal valerian, hops and
chamonails. At bedtime, about 9:30 pm in winter and 10:30 pm in
summer, take a warm bath c 1/3 cup sesame oil rinse, towel dry and
sleep deeply visually informed (piita) sleep deprivation unprocessed or
undigested visual images can build up in the grey matter and fascia,
when one’s mind is busy at midnight and moreso when the eyes are
exposed to radiation, pitta increases in the nervous system, burning the
balances of nairo –transmitter’s and harmones. By reading to fall asleep

as compared to sitting for meditation in the evening ones eyesight will
gradually weaken. Meditation gives emphasis to restoration and repair
of cells, similar to deep sleep. At home eye drops of castor oil can be
used at bedtime, it help in falling asleep quickly. Once asleep, pitta is
more likely to remain asleep.

CARDIO-PULMONARY (KAPHA) RELATED SLEEP
DEPRIVATION:

This protocol involves systematically balancing the thoracic cvity
through the inter costal marma points horizontally and the 5 elements.
Both anterior posterior points can be balanced simultaneously for
profound restoration of function while the client relaxes prone. The
marma points Sanskrit names help activate vibrational balance
throughout the points range of structural and functional influence.
Snoring can lead to apnea, a cause and complication of prolongs
sleeplessness so one should practice daily Ujjayi Pranayam

MEDITATION

In Ayurved and Yoga meditation is considered as the first and last
medicine for all symptoms, suffering and delusions forgetfulness of mind
get’s reduced by practicing meditation.

Sit facing eastward in the early morning and evening, ideally in the
same location, each day. The body will look forward to retain the
position in resting mode and mind to introverting, providing deep rest to
the physical and mental stresses of life.

With autogenic suggestions and re-training the mind can become
the servant it is meant to be, rather than a pseudo master, trying to steal
away over in born tranquility yes, the peace lies deeper than the
agitation of worries and anxieties so we must look deeper do meditation
and relax our mind, keep it at calmness and rest so that we can achieve
a sound sleep, longevity vigour and utility.

By Dr. Milan Singh

(Dep. Of AYUSH)

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‘Militants killed in encounters of Jammu & Kashmir were post-2016 recruits’

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Police chief S.P. Vaid explains Shopian, Anantnag operations

All militants who were killed in multiple operations in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday joined the terrorist outfits post-2016, J&K police chief S.P. Vaid told leading National Daily The Hindu on Tuesday.

Mr. Vaid asked people from Kashmir to “introspect” whether the violence aided by Pakistan from across the border “was doing them any good.”

Thirteen militants were killed as security forces launched “coordinated,” multiple operations in Shopian and Anantnag in south Kashmir on Sunday. Three Army men lost their lives in the operations.

The Kashmir Valley saw a surge in the number of local boys joining terrorist outfits after Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani and two others were killed in an encounter with security forces on July 8, 2016.

Pellet guns

Mr. Vaid said a large number of protesters had gathered at the encounter site and there was no way to avoid the use of pellet guns. Four civilians were killed. Scores of them are being treated in Srinagar hospitals for pellet injuries. Some were hit in the eye. Mr. Vaid said, “The mob was pelting stones at security forces at the encounter site. When militants fire indiscriminately, the bullets don’t see if they will hit an Army man or a civilian. It was an open area and tear gas shells and PAVA shells were also used, but they remained ineffective,” he said.

According to Mr. Vaid, this was the first time in many years that an operation of this scale had been launched in Shopian.

He said he hoped the operations did not impact the tourist season in the Valley. He dismissed allegations by Pakistan that “human shields” were used in Sunday’s encounters. “When has Pakistan spoken the truth? Pakistan claims to be a friend of Kashmir but all this (violence) is their doing,” he said.

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Lack of disposal System in Preet Nagar Jammu,Causing Indiscriminate dumping of garbage

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Sir,

I,m a resident of Preet Nagar (Nanak Nagar Jammu).I’m writing to put forward the issue of inadequate garbage disposal in my society.There is a plot beside my home,which has became open dust bin for many people of different areas,as they come to throw their household garbage in the plot.This garbage collection has turned into garbage mountain  and breeding house for many disease causing agents.We have been suffering from years now.Our children are falling prey to many bacterial and parasitic infection and now in rainy season it becomes home to mosquitoes.Our daily life has been hampered due to this,We request the concerned authorities to kindly look into this issue.We urge Jammu Municipal Corporation to clear this garbage mountain as soon as possible.We request the authorities to set up the dustbins and start door to door collection of garbage.Since we have been complaining and pleading for the same from last many years,no one pays heed to our situation.

But Now we expect early redressal of our issue by JMC.

 

 

Yours Faithfully,

Residents of Preet Nagar,Nanak Nagar Jammu

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