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Rohingya Massacre: The truth, the lie and the propganda

Blind in one eye after being beaten in the head during forced labour, this man fled from Burma in the mid 1990’s and is one of an estimated 300,000 undocumented Rohingya now living in the southern part of neighbouring Bangladesh. Pic: Greg Constantine.

A very sad series of events are going on in the current day Myanmar. In the state of Rakhine, Muslim Rohingyas and Buddhist Rakhines are raping, killing and looting each other from the last two months. The online community is abuzz with the news of the violence that is going on there. I am always shocked by the horrific inhuman acts that are caused due to religious intolerance, differences and prejudices.

I write this article with a heavy heart but I have to bring out the truth. The news about the Rohingya massacre is mixed with truth, lie and heavy propaganda. I think that it is my duty to separate the truth from falsehood.

Read here in details:

Who are the Rohingyas:


  1. The origin of the word Rohingya is disputed. Some Rohingya historians like Khalilur Rahman contend that the term Rohingya is derived from Arabic word ‘Raham’ meaning ‘mercy’.
  2. Arakan (old name for Rakhine state) was a fertile land under the British conquest. It was sparsely populated. The Britishers encouraged people from the Bengal state to settle in Arakan.
  3. Millions of Muslims settled in Arakan during that period. They worked in Paddy fields and were an important unit of the growth of British Economy.

The Birth of Myanamar (Burma):

  1. Burma became an independent state in 1948.
  2. The majority of people living in Burma are Buddhists. Even though, the Buddhists as well as many Muslims fought together for the independence of Myanmar, a group of Muslims (Rohingyas) started to ask a separate nation for themselves after independence.
  3. A Mujahid party was created by Rohingya elders in 1947. They supported Jihad for the creation of a new state in in Arakan.
  4. The Mujahid party was very active until 1962 when after a coup de etat, General Ne Win came to power.
  5. Rohingya movement for autocracy was suppressed with an iron fist. Thousands of Rohingya were persecuted for the next two decades.

Citizenship issues for Rohingya:

  1. Rohingyas are basically not considered the citizens of Myanmar by the government.
  2. They have been given no rights and there is no law to protect them as Myanmar citizens.
  3. According to Amnesty, Rohingyas are the world’s most persecuted minority.
  4. The 1982 law, enacted by former military ruler Ne Win, recognises the 135 national races in Burma but specifically excludes the Rohingya. It replaced the 1948 citizenship act, which stipulates that any person who has resided in Burma for more than two generations is entitled to citizenship.
  5. Statelessness is a major issue with the majority of Rohingya people. Many cases of torture and human rights abuse against Rohingya have been documented by International organisations. Greg Constantine, the writer of newly published ‘’ Exiled to Nowhere’’ recounts many heart breaking stories from Burma. He recounts the story of 20-year-old Kashida who had to flee to Bangladesh with her husband. The Burmese authorities had denied her permission to get married, but when they discovered she had married in secret and was pregnant they took away all her family’s money and cows and goats. They forced Kashida to have an abortion, telling her: “This is not your country; you don’t have the right to reproduce here.”

The Truth of the Violence:

  1. On May 28, 3 Muslims including 2 Rohingya raped a Rakhine Woman in Arakan state in Myanmar.
  2. On June 4, a mob attacked a bus in Taungup, mistakenly believing those responsible for the murder were on board. Ten Muslims were killed in the reprisal attack.
  3. Retaliatory attacks have started since then between Rohingya Muslims and Rakhine Buddhists.
  4. According to government figures, approximately 80 people have been killed in the riots. Around 90,000 people have become homeless.

The Lie of the Violence:

  1. Many Muslims on TV and internet forums are saying that thousands of Muslims have been killed in Myanmar. We have no evidence to prove that allegation.
  2. Not only the Myanmar government, Independent NGOs but also international Human rights organizations have said that around a 100 people (including Buddhist) have been killed in the violence.

The Propaganda of Violence:

  1. Social networking sites and Blogs are abuzz with the pictures of Rohingya massacres. Most of these pictures are utter lies. These false pictures of gruesome violence on Muslims are propagated to induce widespread hatred in the minds of Muslims in different countries.
  2. These pictures are also used as a tool by terrorist and Islamist political groups to hire recruits for their purpose.
  3. Let us analyze a few famous pictures here.



This picture was taken in 2010 after an earthquake in China and captures the efforts put in by the Tibetans to help rescue the victims. Now, Islamic political parties and some other elements are sharing this image as Muslim killing and their slaughter in Burma.

This picture is a classic case of shady media reporting and false propaganda.

Do read the comments in this picture and see how gullible Muslims are easily fooled by propaganda.


The people of Myanmar have long suffered under the iron fists of their nationalistic dictators. But after a very long time, the sunshine of democracy is shining over the beautiful lands of Myanmar.  Aung Saan Suu Kyi, the Nobel peace laureate is an incumbent leader of the lower house of Myanmar government. She has a huge public support and political clout to bring about a major change in her country. She must take strong actions to stop the violence in Rakhine state. She must also make provisions to officially recognise the Rohingya people as the citizens of Myanmar. There is no other solution to the plight of those poor people.

Anyone who reads my article, Please sign this petition and share it on Facebook. We want huge international pressure on Myanmar to give citizenship rights to Rohingya Muslims.


About Bobby-Allen

I am a business student, biotechnology graduate, free thinker and rationalist living in my own dream world, floating along with the speck of dirt that we call earth. I love reading books, traveling, movies, music and all the amazing things that this life has granted us. Though only a few among us appreciate their true value. I consider myself a seeker, for truth and salvation. I have looked for the truth in human emotions, feelings, dogma, superstitions and now I have only come closer to the perimeter of truth which just keeps on shifting further and further away. Hope one day I reach my goal, the post where I have tied my dreams.


8 thoughts on “Rohingya Massacre: The truth, the lie and the propganda

  1. Kudos for bringing out the truth so well. I was shocked with these pictures being posted on facebook as atrocities against Muslims. It is a pity that the Muslims are propagating false stories with pictures of different incidents. Well. nothing more can be expected of them. May God show them the right away.

    Posted by Sidd | August 2, 2012, 1:07 pm
    • I object your statement “nothing more can be expected of them”… u dont face wat we face.. We see a lot of such pics by hindus, named killings of cow and killings of hindus, Stop thinking lik dat, stop hating muslims, U have made a image. U knw wat we face, if we have a hindu frnd nd go to his house his family members ask him to send me outside. I didnt get a house for rent in hindu area coz i am a muslim. I vl show u thousands of muslim house where hindus are living happily. Please improve your thinking. Clean ur mind first.

      Posted by Syed Moiz | August 3, 2012, 3:44 am
      • @Syed Moiz…your above reply tells a lot about general Muslim mentality …you people always feel that Muslims are victims..but the fact is that Muslims are victims of their own people are responsible for the spread of wide spread hate against Muslims…in the name of allah you have destroyed temples..burned down their holy places calling them as infidels and have waged jihad against other religions killing many Innocent people thinking that you will go to heaven by killing the so called kafirs.Even this terror in burma was started due to muslims raping a bhuddists girl..godhra was started by muslims the ahyodhya was started by any war or any riot muslims are the main cause of these events..first change your mindset..change your quran where people of other religions are shown as your enemies..yes quran clearly AsKs muslims to kill people of other religions ..what can we expect from a muslim…

        Posted by PEAK_PLAYER | September 25, 2012, 10:42 am
        • well said!
          i am indonesian, muslims here have the same thinking as him. they thought they are the victim while other jihadists are busy burning, bombing, other religion buildings.

          Posted by pembawa pete | October 27, 2012, 8:03 am
      • Please… I somehow sympathise with the Muslim religion, but give me a break… how Islam was spread from Middle East to the north half of Africa, Balkans, all the Central and South Asia, plus Indonesia, and luckily 3/4 of India escaped… how?? By… peaceful missionaries? NO! You learned to be invasive by violence, and you jump victimised if long cultural and religious wounds still hurt… not your wounds, of course! Other people’s wounds!

        Posted by HolyCow | January 12, 2013, 10:16 pm
  2. It is really an eyeopener. It reveals another side of the story. We generally do’nt sought details before acting upon any issue and get carried away which begets another issue. So, think 100 times before you act.

    Posted by AMIT VISHWAKARMA | August 14, 2012, 3:40 pm
  3. Thats really sad but thats the mentality of a human hater, one point which is good to know and not everyone knows is that, 99.9% of wars, the revolution and the recession around the globe are engineered by people in the shadow. These people control everything you hear, everything you read, and everything you see. They have managed to indoctrinate an entire populace to their way of thinking. they have created a new political order, economic order and the religious order. Their ultimate goal is global domination and they will stop at reach their goal.

    They first defame before destroying it, be it human (Michael jackson), religion (Islam) or political (global recession).

    Muslims are without any plan or goal and thats the result of iraq, palestine,Afghanistan and many more countries…

    Do ur reach before commenting ….

    Posted by Peacemaker | April 3, 2013, 4:55 pm
    • Islam is very much a part of the indoctrination and deception. As much as Muslims claim to be discriminated against, they also tend to engage in human rights violations everywhere where they have power. The “people in shadow” love Islam because it allows them to manipulate wars into existence anywhere in the world, then blame it on Muslims, which often leads to a larger conflict.

      Posted by Veritas | September 26, 2013, 2:13 pm

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