New Delhi - The ongoing persecution of the Rohingya population in Myanmar once again highlights the pathetic condition of the stateless ethnic group. For decades the Muslim Rohingya population in Myanmar has faced discrimination at the hands of the majority Buddhist Burman community. In fact, since the time Myanmar – formerly known as Burma – gained independence from the British in 1948, the Rohingyas have been treated as aliens by the Burmese authorities. Progressively strict citizenship criteria were enacted that excluded the Rohingya from the country’s officially recognised 135 ethnic groups.

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Rudroneel Ghosh is a Jr Assistant editor with The Times of India, India's largest English daily.