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    Rohingya means Rakhine: Dr. Aye Chan

    U Htay Lwin Oo

    Bangkok, Thailand: Dr. Aye
    Chan, a history Professor, Kanda University of International Studies, Japan had
    repeated again and again  “ Rohingya mean
    Rakhine” and “Rohingya language is Rakhine language”  at International seminar on Rakhine history
    (Arakan), held at Mahidol University, Bangkok on March 9, according to U Ye
    Lwin, former history lecturer who attend the seminar.
    “Dr. Aye Chan, repeated
    again and again while U Htay Lwin Oo – racially Rakhine but scholar- questioned
    with references book – “A Comparative Vocabulary of Some of the Languages
    Spoken in the Burma Empire in 1799 ″ by Francis Buchanan – which mentioned
    Rohingya is the native of Arakan and their language with comparing others
    languages. U Haty Lwin Oo pointed out the pronunciations – Sun, Mon and earth –
    which is similar to recent Rohingya languages. He also appointed out with
    report that Rohingya means Mohammedans (Islam religious). After seeing the
    references book, Dr. Aye Chan said Rohingya mean Rakhine and after again seeing
    languages he again said the Rohingya language is Rakhine Languages
    (Arakanese).”
    We received the information
    of the International seminar on Rakhine history (Arakan), which will held in
    Bangkok and hope that the organizers will invite some Rohingya leaders as it is
    an international conference. But, we don’t get any information. So, We – I, U
    Ye Lwin, U Tha Aye and Mohamed Khan- reached Bangkok on March 8 and tried to
    contact the organizer, but we failed. At last, U Htay Lwin Oo tried by him
    selves to get permission for at last 12 Rohingya leaders and actives where got
    only four persons including U Htay Lwin Oo, said U Kyaw Min, former NDPHR MP.
    Rohingya participants  at International seminar on Rakhine history
    (Arakan)
    We are happy while the
    participants greeted to us at last when I appointed out documents which were
    published in the early periods and giving me the microphone to spoke to Dr. Aye
    Chan in the seminar where the organizer only allowed the participants to write
    questions on a paper which was also censored by first two monks and mediator.
    It is not sure, the questions will answer by scholar or not. It is very
    difficult to ask questions and challenge. I am very lucky, to able to speak and
    challenge, said U Htay Lwin Oo.
    “The aim of seminar is to
    introduction of Rakhine history to the international community, to correct a
    continued description of Rohingya by international media that is not recognized
    by successive Myanmar governments, and to bring reliable references of Rakhine
    history from international historians,” said Kyaw Thaung, one of the
    seminar’s organizers.
    But, Dr. Abid Bahar said,
    “So far so good but a detailed understanding shows the seminar wanted to prove
    that there were no Rohingya in Arakan. Rohingyas are being labelled as
    “Bengalis” If Rohingyas are from Bangladesh why Bangladesh doesn’t
    want to accept them? Also why are there boat people in the sea? So the question
    was not about Rohingya existence in Arakan but was to deny Rohingya existence
    in Arakan. Surely the present seminar by the known sponsors was to comply with
    the government’s official policy of Rohingya genocide.This is a Rakhine
    sponsored conference. Knowing it very well the Western speakers Jet Pilder,
    Stephen van Galen were keeping their agenda in line with the sponsors and tried
    to be more superficial to scratch on the surface of Arakan history.
    Unfortunately however in the name of their participation their names were
    cleverly abused by the Rakhine sponsors.
    The Eleven Media Group
    published, “History Professor Aye Chan of Kanda University of
    International Studies, Japan, traced the increased cross-border settlement from
    1826 to 1975 as Chittagong natives moved in to become the majority in Maungdaw
    and Buthedaung townships. In his talk “From Rakhine cross-border
    settlement to ethnic violence.” History tells us otherwise. There were
    waves of Rakhin Mogh and Rohingya influx into Chittagong as a result of
    Bodapawa’s invasion in 1784. Then the 1942 Rakhine killing of Rohingya led to
    further influx that continued through the 50;s through 1978, 82-83 and till now
    but Chan said the Bengali Muslim population increased from 58,255 in 1871 to
    178,647 in 1911, when they represented 94 per cent of the population in
    Maungdaw and 84 per cent in Buthedaun. He also explained Muslim rebels’
    destruction of Rakhine villages.” 
    What can you expect from Aye Chan who is a known xenophobe and
    coauthored a book identifying Rohingyas as 
          “Viruses?” Dr. Abid
    Bahar, pointed out the direction of Media group and seminar.
    “The Eleven Media Group’s
    published the identity of U Htay Lwin Oo as a Bengali activist which is not
    true. He is a racially Rakhine but a scholar.”


    Dr. Aye Chan said the name
    Rohingya was officially coined from the 50’s but he didn’t say before which
    they were known as “Muslims of Arakan” In doing this he also cleverly
    ignored the fact to the people present that the name “Rakhine was also a
    new term officially adapted during the 1920’s before which they were identified
    as the “Mogh,” said Dr. Abid Bahar.
    Thus, deliberately ignoring
    historical facts, including a xenophobe among the speakers, the latter
    particularly is likely to ignore the reliable references of Rakhine history.
    While the hidden objective of the seminar was served, no doubt it provided
    disservice to humanity, to the continued suffering of the Rohingya stateless
    people, Dr. Abid Bahar remarked.

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