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India Should Not Tolerate Rohingya Muslims, Says Chief Of Premier Social Sciences Body

Even as thousands of Rohingya Muslims are fleeing Myanmar to escape violence and persecution at the hands of the country's military and police, the chief of India's premier body on social sciences believes they should not be tolerated in India.

The Hindu today reported on the remarks made by Braj Bihari Kumar, who heads the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), at a seminar recently organized by the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR).

Speaking at the public event, Kumar said, "This nation should not tolerate them as part of India."

Earlier this year, Kumar succeeded prominent academic S.K. Thorat as the head of the ICSSR, an autonomous body established by the Indian government in 1969 to promote social studies research.

Kumar, 76, served has the editor of two journals, Dialogue and Chintan Srijan, published by Astha Bharati, a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting "India's unity and integrity."

The online news outlet, Scroll, has previously reported on the opinions that Kumar has professed over the course of years, including, "There is none in India, who has suffered more due to intolerance than Narendra Modi."

Kumar's remarks come at a time when the Modi government is making a legal case to deport Rohingya Muslim refugees from India, branding them as national security threat. The central government's position has been condemned by human rights activists and lawyers who argue that even those who are not citizens are guaranteed protection under the Indian Constitution when they are on Indian soil.

Kumar's remarks come at a time when the Modi government is making a legal case to deport Rohingya Muslim refugees from India, branding them as national security threat. The central government's position has been condemned by human rights activists and lawyers who argue that even those who are not citizens are guaranteed protection under the Indian Constitution when they are on Indian soil.


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