Tying in with Razib’s previous post (does Sylheti=Bengali) on different types of Bengalis & Bangladeshis I thought I would link to this short post about the grave threat to the survival of Burmese Muslims (Quilliam now calls for urgent action on this issue too).
They seem to be persecuted for their desiness (are there other types of Burmese Muslims and how do they fare in modern day Myanmar?) and we have covered a fair bit on this weblog about the Rohingya:
To my mind ethnic cleansing is never justified and what irks me deeply when people discuss Bhutan is how the peace loving and docile Bhutanese were quite efficient in expelling their Nepalese immigrant minority (in the perverse logic of refugee politics the Nepalese were settled in the United States as part of third country resettlement). The world must not allow a repetition with the Rohingya and even though Myanmar presents huge economic potential; the racism seemingly endemic to Asia & unfortunately this mindset (in light of growing south-south migration) cannot be condoned. As an aside I’ve heard that in Nairobo the African members of the national cricket team couldn’t play in the prestigious Asian-dominated cricket clubs because they weren’t members. This is simply unacceptable and “middle-man” minorities have to dispense with the myth that the natives can’t do business; it’s a post-hoc justification (from my now fairly extensive experience in Frontier Markets I’m extraordinary impressed by the entrepreneurial energy and drive that native Africans have for their continent- simply inspiring and a new hope for a continent crippled arguably by aid and patronage).
In another case of the Ummah failing/neglecting its people; young Thai Muslims (or are they ethnic Malay?) are now oding on the native hallucinogenic plant Kratom Leaf. When the life of a Pakistani or Pattani youth warrants as much attention as a Palestinian one we’ll finally see the seeds of equality sprouting.
Finally and finally some interesting articles on the very impressive growth of the Bangladeshi diaspora. It seems that historically fast-growing ethnicities like the Nepalis and Bangladeshis would have benefited being in an United India since they would have had migratory outlets for their population growth like the Biharis who were able to move to the Punjab and Mumbai (but are now doing so in declining number thanks to strong state growth in Bihar itself).
Some more links: