Saturday, November 13, 2010


'I extend my support and solidarity with the recent peaceful movement for democracy in Burma....and the early release of fellow Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.'- His Holiness the Dalai Lama, 23 September 2007

Myanmar juntas today made final arrangement for the release of the most prominent Burmese Democratic leader and the Nobel Peace Laureate Madame Aung San Suu Kyi from her lakeside villa prison. After prolong hiatus, people of Myanmar applauded with rejoice and triumph of hearing the news of her release, which clearly shows the unfathomable desire for freedom and democracy in Myanmar.

Myanmar for the last couple of decades was blended with trauma under the bloody realm of Military Juntas which makes headline every other day. Rangoon, despite being a member of United Nations plainly nullifies the international principles on human rights and carries out her own rigid control over its people, which is deeply a cause of concern for the United Nations. Myanmar paid no heed to the repeated calls and sanctions imposed by the International communities as it was silently supported by People's Republic of China (PRC).

The regime was earlier not ready to reconcile with the National league for Democracy leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi who is serving more than 14 years of house arrest. Last year,when her extended house arrest term was supposed to get over, the military played a foul game to put her behind the four walls and accused her of breaching the security which is related to the intrusion of an American man, John William Yettaw into her house. The trial of a crime, which she had not committed will far begone with the victory of justice and freedom, ultimately resulting in his release. She had for years, paid the price of Military's security lapse.

While observing Myanmar, it reminds me of its similarity with Tibet under the Chinese communist regime. The only difference is that Myanmar is ruled by an insider whereas Tibet is ruled by an outsider (Chinese). And the similarity between the two can be distinguish into two parts: 1) The nature of politics, and 2) freedom struggle.

The similarities between Myanmar and Tibet on the nature of politics:

1) The political anarchy and the gross human rights violation are widely seen in both the states. People have no freedom and the fundamental rights and the freedom of expression and belief are violated.

2) People in Diaspora represent the voice of those voiceless people in Myanmar and Tibet.

3) In China, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is strongly backed by its military and in Myanmar, the military rules.

4) Both the CCP and Military Juntas act above the law of land and there is an absence of rule of law.

5) In both Myanmar and Tibet, China and India plays a great role.

6) Medias are tightly controlled by both the governments by using censorship and tight surveillance. Party propaganda and Military indoctrination are the only source of information. International medias are restricted.

7) Both China and Myanmar accuse international communities of interfering in their domestic matters.

8) Democratic reforms in both the states are stage managed by the ruling military regime.

The similarity between Myanmar and Tibet on the freedom struggle:

1) Both have an exile government, Myanmar's exile government is based in the United States and Tibetan Government in Exile is based in Dharamsala, India.

2) Both practice non-violent approach in resolving the problem.

3) Both have a charismatic leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Tibet and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for Myanmar. Both were honored with Noble Peace Prize, Congressional gold Medal, Sakharov Prize, Honorary Canadian Citizenship and others.

4) Both the leaders were inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and his non violent freedom struggle.

5) Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is under house arrest and His Holiness the Dalai Lama is in exile.

6) Both the leaders pursue for democracy.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi relentlessly tried to democratize Myanmar since the time she visited her ailing mother in Burma in 1988. The Military regime with the support of China feared that her popularity after winning the general election in 1990 might jeopardize the military rule over Myanmar. PRC supports the present Rangoon junta's for their ideological, economic and strategic reasons.

Tibetans for the past five decades had suffered greatly under the Chinese military regime and can understand the suffering of the people of Myanmar. In this struggle for freedom and democracy, Tibetans in all over the world stand by you, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and support the democratic movement in Myanmar. His Holiness the Dalai Lama in his message on 23 September 2007 mentioned, 'I extend my support and solidarity with the recent peaceful movement for democracy in Burma....and the early release of fellow Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.'


This is an updated piece of my previous writing on May 27, 2009 in

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