Union Law Minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday wondered how could senior Congress leader P Chidambaram be "oblivion" about national security issue vis-a-vis Rohingya immigrants. "Chidambaram has been country's Home Minister. He had replaced Shivraj Patil in the wake of November 26, 2008....How can he be completely oblivious to issues of national security. This is the very big question," Prasad told reporters when asked to comment on several eminent citizens including Chidambaram and Shashi Tharoor writing a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to rethink about India's stand on Rohingya immigrants issue. “As an aspiring global leader of the twenty first century, India cannot afford to adopt a short-sighted approach to what has now become a monumental, global crisis. Our actions must now align with our ambitions. In the absence of strong, international leadership, India has the opportunity to craft a bold, new approach and pave the way for a new kind of leadership”, they said in the letter.
The letter was also signed by former Union Home Secretary GK Pillai, lawyer Prashant Bhushan, NCP leader D P Tripathi, lawyer Kamini Jaiswal and human rights activist Harsh Mander. On Tharoor signing the letter, Prasad said, " Tharoor often shoots from his mouth but why is people like Chidambaram gave his name to this".
The Union Home Ministry had told the Supreme Court that Rohingyas were a threat to national security and the Government cannot allow them to stay in India. The letter from eminent citizens including the likes of Chidambaram has said that the Indian government should make use of "diplomatic clout" to pressure the Government of Myanmar to end the security crackdown in Rakhine, respect the rule of law and ensure the eventual safe and unhindered return of those Rohingya who wish to return to Myanmar.