“Every national and every person born of parents, both of whom are indigenous nationals are citizens by birth. Even though they are Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Burma, Mon, Rakhine and Shan, they are not national races if they permanently live in other countries, not in Myanmar. Same national races who have settled in Myanmar after 1824 are not indigenous races. So they are not citizens by birth. The law also states that national races who acquire citizenship of other countries and persons born of parents, both of whom are those foreign citizens cannot become Myanmar citizens,” Section-5, of 1982 Citizenship Law,
There was a legendary love story which albeit ending in a tragic estrangement , between a police officer Diraj Bhattacharya and Ma Thin, daughter of a local Rakhine landlord, during British period.
LOVE SYMBOL PRESERVED: This well at Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar district serves as a remembrance of the legendary love, albeit ending in a tragic estrangement, between then police officer Diraj Bhattacharya and Ma Thin, daughter of a local Rakhine landlord, during the British period. Continue reading “Are these people really citizens of Burma?”
“Citizenship is a basic right for it is nothing less than the right to have right,” Earl Warren, former U S Supreme Court Justice.
For over 800 years, from 1044 to 1885, the Burmese lived under an absolute monarchy. All legislative, executive and judicial powers were concentrated in the hands of the monarch. Justice was administered by issuing royal commands. As the loyal subject of the kings, the people needed to surrender all their wills at feet of the kings. They had neither rights nor liberties nor a say in the affairs of the state. Continue reading “Playing with color of cards”
Derek Tonkin’s latest article has appeared in his website, Network Myanmar. I had no intention to take a crack at Derek Tonkin’s piece. After all, he is working for the murderous Myanmar regime promoting its cause and advocating for outside investment. His opinion is highly biased. And as I have noted a few times, he does this devil’s job in a sly way abusing history to fit his ulterior motives. Nevertheless, I felt obliged to point out some inconsistencies in his latest article. Continue reading “Is Derek Tonkin Delusional or simply Silly?”
In early February this year, the Myanmar parliament approved a proposal by President Thein Sein to allow people with temporary identification “white cards,” most of whom were Rohingya, to vote on a referendum on constitutional amendments to the country’s junta-backed constitution, which could come as early as May. Obviously, as most keen observers would tell you the government measure was a face-saving one under international pressure and never meant in intent and purpose. Continue reading “Is Myanmar playing politics with the White Cards?”
In a country that has been infested with the blight of unfathomable racism and bigotry for decades, rumors are enough to trigger communal riots. And if the press, priests, public servants and people’s representatives are all working in cahoots as a party to a very sinister program – which I have been calling a “national eliminationist project” – one does not have to be Einstein to understand the impact of such false rumors. And that is what happened to Mandalay in central Myanmar (formerly Burma) in July of last year when we witnessed anti-Muslim violence there. It was all part of a highly orchestrated criminal program with deep support at every level of the local and central government. Continue reading “‘Hidden Hands’ Behind Communal Violence in Myanmar – I told you so”