General Than Shwe – Dictator or Political Ally

“Millitary junta” is the word which is used whenever there is a conversation about Burma or Myanmar, as it is currently known. However, when it comes to knowing about this country, we know very less about this neighbor of our’s. Recently the Burmese Military General was on an Indian visit and he was given a warm reception by the Indian Government. He is the same individual who crushed the democracy of Myanmar and is now Dictator of that country.  He imprisoned ‘Aung San Suu Kyi’, the lady who devoted her whole life just for the cause of achieving the democracy of Myanmar.

According to my view, India should take steps to pressurize the Myanmar Government to restore its democracy or at least release Aung San Suu Kyi, who is in prison for more than twenty years.

I would kindly request the Indian Government to her rescue as she has always regarded India as her second home. She was brought up in India and was educated here. It was India that actually made her realize the importance of democracy and there is no doubt that the Indian Government did recognize her contribution towards Myanmar. She was even awarded the Nehru prize in 1992 by our Government. I personally feel that it is a matter of shame that the Indian Government is doing nothing for her. What is annoying even further for me is that the fact that the Indian Government has made all efforts to welcome that rogue in our country.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest for the more than twenty years and is not allowed to meet any of her family members. During her imprisonment, her husband died of cancer but she was not allowed to see him for the last time. Keeping this in mind, what amazes me is how we can welcome such an individual in our country, where democracy is the biggest strength.

I am not suggesting that India should severe all political relations with Myanmar, however, I am sure there are ways wherein India can handle this situation diplomatically, to come up with some positive results. Well, if the Indian Government still wants to welcome him then they can do it at their own peril because an Indian citizen would never want such an individual to step on the soil of his motherland.


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