‘Current government of Myanmar is like a military government’IMPHAL | Dec 11
“Though the new constitution of Myanmar has been drafted in democracy and federalism, the current governance of Myanmar is more likely a military government,” said Pyidaungsu Institute, Myanmar director, Sai Oo.
He was speaking as guest of honour today during an interactive session with State Constitution Coordinating Body (SCCB), Myanmar at the Court Hall of the Manipur University, Imphal.
A total of 33 delegates from different states of Myanmar today visited the state for two days as a part of a trip to North East India by SCCB, Myanmar. The delegates consist of representatives from militant groups based on Myanmar (who have cease fire agreement with the government), stake holders and political parties. Earlier, the team have visited Mizoram and Assam.
Sai Oo said, “Manipur and Myanmar have similar political aspirations and we share an identical history as both Myanmar and Manipur have been living under British colonial for long period.”
The motive behind the trip is to learn the system of governance here and let it apply to Myanmar for ending the challenges and difficulties faced in building a society that promotes an environment to enable a peaceful co-existence among the diverse communities of Myanmar, he added.
“Back in 1947, when Myanmar was about to become independent, an agreement was made between the leaders of the ethnic minorities and the general leaders to form a union based on equality, which was never honoured. During the negotiation, the general leaders promised the ethnic groups that during the time period of 10 years, they can choose to leave it if they are unsatisfied with the terms of the union,” said the director.
“The minorities never tried to exercise their rights but they wanted a thesis claiming that they were a separate entity before the union,” added Sai Oo.
10 out of 21 militant groups of Myanmar, who have signed nationwide cease fire agreement with the Myanmar government, have joined the SCCB, Myanmar to enter political dialogues in the aim to build a federal union based on equality and self-determination for all the ethnic groups of the country, asserted the director.
The president of the function, Centre for Myanmar Studies, Manipur University director, N. Lokendro said Myanmar is a country with culturally diverse ethnic communities but it certainly has faced many challenges and difficulties in building a society that provides an atmosphere to enable for a peaceful co-existence among its diverse communities.
“Myanmar today is a deeply divided society along ethnic and religious lines. Ethnicity and ethnic mobilisation have has always been a part of its political set up structures and growth, Successive governments in Myanmar since 1948 have pursued politics of racial chauvinism,” he added.
The current peace process of the country began in August 2011, it has paved a new ideas and ways for searching an answer to future federalism to Myanmar, said Lokendro.
The function was attended by vice-chancellor (in charge) of Manipur University, W. Vishwanath as chief guest, leader of the Myanmar delegates, Victor Biak Lian and Centre for Myanmar Studies, Manipur University programme coordinator, M.C. Arun as special guests.
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