There are visible changes taking place in Burma. And we expect a pro-active role by the Indian Union government as many Southeast Asian countries are actively engaging with the ruling government in Burma (Myanmar or Brahmadesh), argues Dr. Tint Swe, an exile Burmese politician who is living in New Delhi for two decades. Chairman of Burma Centre Delhi (BCD), Dr Swe also revealed that the western countries are very fast and active in this enterprise and Japan follows suite. China has been there for a long time, but India’s hand is still short, he said while addressing an interactive session in Assam.
Organized by the BCD in collaboration with Journalist Forum Assam (JFA) the interactive session on ‘Changing Policies in Burma : Opportunities and Challenges’ held at Guwahati Press Club today (March 9), where a report on ‘India-Burma Relations: Trends & Developments (1990-2011)’ was also inaugurated.
The purpose of organizing a one day Interaction Session on Burma is to update civil society, media and social activist in India on the current situation evolving in Burma, to assess challenges and opportunities of political reforms, and to come up with an appropriate strategy to respond in a constructive approach. The meeting was attended by various civil society groups, journalists and activists of northeast India.
Dr. Alana Golmei, coordinator of BCD cautiously pointed out that the continuing waves of reforms in 2011 and 2012 including the release of several prominent political prisoners by the Burmese government in January gave optimism to many international observers, people in the country and governments around the world that Burma is finally on the track to reforms.
The session was also addressed by C. Lalremruata (from Zo Indigenous Forum), Philip Sumi (from Morung Express), academician Dr Jagadindra Raichoudhury, musician Kishor Giri, activist Sujata Nayak, journalists Rajib Bhattacharya, Nava Thakuria, Anup Sarma, Naresh Mitra etc. A report on India-Burma Relations: Trends & Developments (1990-2011) compiled & published by BCD was launched by Rupam Baruah, President of JFA. Contributors include Indian and Burmese Parliamentarians, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Mani Shanker Aiyer and Dr. Tint Swe; Social activist Jaya Jaitley; Intellectuals, Analyst and Researchers C. S Kuppuswamy, Dr K.Yhome, Prof Ganganath Jha, Prof Baladas Ghoshal; Strategist and Security Analyst Rahul. K. Bhonsle, Anil Bhat; Journalist Subir Bhaumik and Satya Sagar etc.