Rakhine , Burma to Myanmar etc.have recently been made, the cen-turies old name of ethnic Rohing-ya has however been branded asa name created by anti-state ele-ments in post-independent Burma.It simply gives a grim picture onthe status of the Rohingya race.Now the Rakhines are on the sideof nepotism while the Rohingyasare confined to ruthlessness. Inpost independent Burma, Rakh-ines were in better position. TheBurma Territorial Force (BTF),mainly Rakhines, during 1948-50unlashed a reign of terror againstthe Rohingyas. Their action was asif the continuation of 1942 Rohing-ya Muslim massacre by the Rakh-ines. In 1942 the Rakhines mas-sacred 100,000 Muslim Rohingyasburned down over 300 villages and80,000 fled to Bangle.During Ne Win era’s the Rakhineshad been used as tools to oppressthe Rohingyas.The Rohingyashave been oppressed, repressedand exterminated by the Bur-mese and Rakhine people and bySPDC at worst. However, Rohing-yas have been continuing to existthrough thick and thin, keeping nostone unturned exploring all ven-ues for a lasting solution to theirlong-standing problem so as tolive peacefully and honorably intheir ancestral homeland of Ara-kan with dignity, right and justice.Moreover, Rohingyas have beenlooking forward and welcomingthe Rakhines to lunch a movementagainst the cruel junta in Burma.Ethnic Rohingyas are a mixedblooded people having their ori-gin in the following ethnic peoplesduring a long course of their es-tablishment in Arakan. (a) Local Pre-Aryan, Aryan andMongolian, that is, Hindu and Ra-khine (local converts)(b) The Arab and Persian traders(c) The Pathan army of Gen.WaliKhan and Sandhi Khan of 1429and 1430.C.E, Turkish, Afghan andother Muslims from Sonargaon,Gaur and other parts of Bengal.(d) The Mughals of Shah Shuja’sfollowers.(e) Bengali captives or slaves.(f) Various ethnic nationalitieswho entered Arakan as officials,including Prime Ministers, Minis-ters, courtiers, judges, physicians,soldiers of both cavalry and infan-try, merchants, traders, labourers,workers and sailors who were soonabsorbed in the general popula-tion.
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niversal man can notforget his history. His-tory is mirror of lifeand measurement of its perfor-mance. It is through this mirrorthat others can know of a peo-ple who can as well know them-selves properly.
We the Rohingyas of Arakan havemore than 1300 year-old traditionand history of our own. We can notabandon and cynically consign it tooblivion. For centuries there hadbeen rise and fall of many civiliza-tions in Arakan: Hindu, Buddhistand Islam. Muslims remained pre-dominant throughout the gloriousperiod from 1430 A. D. until Bur-mese occupation of Arakan in 1784 A. D.Islam was first introduced in Ara-kan during the period of someHindu dynasties that preceded theChandra dynasty (788-957 A.-D) bySufis, Mystics, Arabs, Moorish andPersian traders within 50 years of the advent of lslam (i.e., 610-660-A D.).The Muslim population went on in-creasing during the long period of 5 centuries following the conquest