The Night Manager is a famous spy thriller novel by John Le Carré, which has been adapted into a television series by BBC One and AMC. The Indian adaptation of the show is now available on Disney Hotstar, featuring a star-studded cast including Anil Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapur, Tillotama Shome, and Sobhita Dhulipala.
The show follows the story of a former Navy officer (Aditya Roy Kapur), who an intelligence agency recruits to infiltrate the inner circle of an arms dealer (Anil Kapoor). One of the unique aspects of the Indian adaptation is its portrayal of the Rohingya crisis. The show’s first few episodes depict the refugee crisis in Myanmar and the plight of the Rohingya people. The show sheds light on the violence and persecution faced by the Rohingya and their struggle to find asylum in neighbouring countries.
While the show has received positive reviews for its performances and production value, it has also brought attention to the Rohingya crisis, with refugees fleeing Myanmar and seeking asylum in neighbouring countries. It sparked a conversation about a problem that has been ongoing for decades. For many viewers, it was the first time they became aware of the situation.
The Rohingya crisis in Myanmar is a humanitarian tragedy rooted in the country’s complex history, marked by ethnic tensions, political instability, and military rule. The Rohingya are an ethnic and religious minority group, primarily Muslim, living in Myanmar’s Rakhine State for generations.
However, in 1982, the Myanmar government passed a citizenship law that excluded the Rohingya from citizenship, claiming they were illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and rendering them stateless. Since then, the Rohingya have faced discrimination, violence, and persecution, with the Myanmar government denying them fundamental human rights, including freedom of movement, education, and employment.
In 2012, inter-communal violence erupted in Rakhine State, with clashes between the Rohingya and the Buddhist community. The violence escalated, resulting in the displacement of tens of thousands of Rohingya from their homes.
The violence further escalated in August 2017 when Rohingya militants attacked several police posts and army bases in Rakhine State, triggering a brutal military crackdown. The Myanmar military responded with a violent terror campaign targeting the Rohingya community. The military burned down villages, committed extrajudicial killings of thousands, and drove over 700,000 Rohingya across the border into Bangladesh.
The United Nations has described the military’s actions as a classic example of “ethnic cleansing” and “genocide”. Despite international pressure, the Myanmar government has refused to grant the Rohingya citizenship or recognize their rights. Since then, the Rohingya have continued to face a relentless campaign of violence, including mass killings, rape, and torture.
India has been involved in the Rohingya crisis due to its proximity to Myanmar and Bangladesh, but India’s role in the situation has been contentious. The Indian government initially welcomed Rohingya refugees into the country. However, in 2017, the Indian government changed its stance, announcing plans to deport the Rohingya refugees living in India, arguing that they threatened national security and deported many of them back to Myanmar. Human rights organisations and the international community criticised the move.
The future of the Rohingya refugees remains uncertain, with many still living in overcrowded camps in Bangladesh. While some have returned to Myanmar, they face an uncertain future due to ongoing discrimination and persecution. The international community has called for the Myanmar government to grant citizenship and recognize the rights of the Rohingya, but progress has been slow, with no clear solution in sight.
While The Night Manager adaptation on Disney Hotstar was produced for entertainment, it has brought renewed attention to the ongoing Rohingya crisis in Myanmar. The show’s portrayal of the Rohingya’s plight has helped raise awareness and shed light on the continuing humanitarian tragedy. However, much work remains to be done to address the crisis. It is essential to continue the conversation and take action to support the Rohingya and ensure that they receive the basic human rights they deserve.