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Monday, February 8, 2021

For solidarity with the people of Myanmar (The Economic Times)

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The military coup in Myanmar curtails democracy, limited and imperfect as it was, in one of the poorest countries. The military takeover came hours ahead of the swearing in of the newly elected parliament. India has, along with other countries, expressed concern at the developments and called for upholding the rule of law and democratic process. Democracy requires work and support. Stronger, more mature democracies must provide support required by newer democracies, without becoming prescriptive.


The coup is no bolt from the blue. The military never relinquished power. Under the 2010 constitution, day-to-day functioning of the government had been handed over to an elected president and parliament. However, the military retained a decisive position — 25% of seats in parliament were reserved for the military. The contest between Aung San Suu Kyi-led National League for Democracy (NLD) and the military that had marked the previous 30-odd years continued. Myanmar has had two elections since, Suu Kyi’s NLD won both. At 399 seats, the 2020 tally is an improvement over the 2015 one and had the potential to intensify the contest with Suu Kyi pushing for constitutional changes. China’s blocking of a UN Security Council statement on Myanmar complicates the situation, particularly in the region.


India has made clear its support for restoration of democracy. In the long run, the people prevail over dictatorial regimes and it pays to forge ties of solidarity with the people. At the same time, India must respect the sovereignty of nations and the wrong-headedness of outsiders trying to export democracy to a nation. New Delhi has to deal with whatever government is in charge at the moment, and work with other democracies, to herald the desired change.


Courtesy - The Economic Times.

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