The Ethnic Minority Question and Rohingya Crisis in Contemporary Myanmar

Mukherjee, Kunal (2019) The Ethnic Minority Question and Rohingya Crisis in Contemporary Myanmar. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 39 (1). pp. 26-43.

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The recent humanitarian Rohingya crisis has once again put Myanmar onto the centre stage of global media attention. The aim of this paper is to look into the ethnic minority question in contemporary Myanmar. The paper has a special focus on the Muslim Rohingya community. The paper argues that problematic race relations in Myanmar today should not be viewed in isolation but should be seen as a part of a historical continuum. The British colonial policies of divide and rule, political leaders and their obsession with Buddhism in the post-independence period and xenophobic tendencies during the long years of the military junta have all collectively contributed to the very complex situation in which the country finds itself today when it comes to race relations. Meaningful democracy and economic development have been advocated as the way forward especially for the more peripheral parts of the country where there is a strong ethnic minority presence.

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Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs on 14/02/2019, available online:
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