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India political row underscores Rohingya refugees' cloudy future

Minister's retracted tweet highlights questions of policy, security and religion

Children from the Rohingya refugee community play outside their shacks in a camp in New Delhi in 2018.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- A controversy has erupted in New Delhi over the future of Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled persecution in Myanmar five years ago this week.

The complex issue -- which involves questions of security, refugee policy and the government's Hindu nationalist bent -- became even more muddled due to an Aug. 17 tweet from Hardeep Singh Puri, the minister for urban development and housing in the Bhartiya Janata Party-led government.

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