Burmese scholar-activist Maung Zarni discusses the relationship between scholarship, activism, and truth-telling; his childhood in Burma and his formative influences among other topics.
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Zarni argues that contrary to the view of western journalists and Burma experts, which promotes the empirically false conception of the Tatmadaw as "the glue" that keeps the country's ethnic groups together, the Tatmadaw has been the single most divisive and destablising institution in the diverse ethnic nations that formed a voluntary Union of Burma in the last days of the British rule post-WWII.
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FORSEA Dialogue on Democratic Struggles across Southeast Asia: A Natural Alliance between Thai and Myanmar Democratic Struggles
Dissidents and leading scholars of Thailand and Myanmar, Pavin Chachavpongpun and Muang Zarni, will reflect on the emerging alliance between the two democratic movements in their respective countries and their determination to end the two militaries' usurpation of state power.
Putu Oka Sukanta, a well known literary figure in Indonesia, dedicates a poem to the people of Myanmar who are struggling for democracy and human rights. The work is presented in English – translated by Gulah Wandita – and its original Bahasa Indonesia.
In their one-hour discussion, Pavin Chachavalpongpun and Maung Zarni, the Thai and Burmese exiles who co-founded FORSEA, draw lessons from the two countries’ vicious cycles of military coups – going back almost a century, in the case of the Kingdom of Thailand and six-decades in the case of post-colonial Myanmar.
Myanmar has just made headlines with its coup. Thailand and Myanmar are no strangers to coups. For almost a century, Thailand has been locked in a vicious cycle of military coups. Its counterpart in Myanmar, the Tatmadaw, has also been playing king and kingmaker alternately since the late 1950’s.
The Dialogue on Democratic Struggles Across Southeast Asia will shed light on how Myanmar’s Big Lie – democratic transition / “fragile democracy" – has gained currency worldwide over the last 10 years since Myanmar military rolled out its constitutional government lead by ex-general Thein Sein in 2010.