Monday, November 17, 2014

An Open Letter to Ban Ki Moom by Dr. Aye Chan

An Open Letter to Ban Ki Moom.
Dear Ban:

The term you used, So-called “Rohingya” was a brazen insult to the people of Myanmar. You have said, you used the term for it has been accepted by the United Nations and International community. However, has been certain that you and United Nations have bluntly supporting the Tyranny of Majority on the Rakhine people from the Rakhine State of Burma. I am a historian and I have written many treatises about the etymology of that term, although you are ignoring. “Rohingya” derived from the Bengali corruption of “Rohong,” “Roshang,” and “Roan,”that all refers to Rakhine. French scholar Jacques Leider, U Khin Maung Saw, and I have proved that with Bengali, and British colonial administrative records. It is sure that “ja” is “man” in Bengali.Therefore, “Rohingya” refers to Rakhine and “Rakhine Ethnic Identity.” If they use that term to call themselves it is surely a snatch of national identity. A French man will call a German “Almany.” But the Frenchmen despite of any objection will never use that term for their national identity.

In this letter I will give you only two excerpts from original documents. Francis Buchanan, who travelled on survey in Southern Bengal and Northern Arakan (Rakhine State) in1798writes:


“Among the hills immediately behind Wanuc, I found a joom of the people by the Bengalese called Mugs. (Buchanan 1992:48).


All Bengalis both from Arakan and Bangladesh call Rakhine Mugs till now. Furthermore:


“Various part of the Hills in the neighborhood are inhabited by Mugs from Rossawn, Rohhawn, Roang, Reng, or Rung, for by all, these names is Arakan called by Bengalese [Francis Buchanan in Southeast Bengal. Dhaka University Press. 1992. P 31).


There are plenty of examples. I can give even the writings of the Bangladeshi scholars. The East
Pakistan District Gazetteer eplains as follows.


“The Arakanese were inhabitants Arakan or Roang, which lies to the south of Chitttagong….
Ooang of Rakhine Muaughs who are found in the Cox’s Bazar District are decendents of the
Arakanese [East Pakistan District Gazetteers: Chittagong District. SNH Rizvi(Ed) pp. 114- 115.)
It is certain that Rohan, Roan refer to the Rakhine People. They have made strenuous effort to take away Rakhine’s own ethnic identity from Rakhine people to make their own identity so that they can lie they are not the illegal immigrants. The President of a Superpower Nation and The United Nation general Secretary are accepting it. Without thorough investigation, Barrack Obama follows. It has been very imprudenct of him. Ban, you have proved himself most incompetent Secretary General of the United Nations giving such nonsense speech in Rangoon.


Aye Chan
Professor of Southeast Asian History, Kanda University of International Studies
(November 14, 2014)

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