September 15, 2016

Diversity does not have to lead to enmity

As our country is home to 135 ethnic minorities, it is natural that there is racial diversity with a mishmash of ethnic traditions and cultures. Their separate entities do not have to result in separatism. Despite this, cracks began to appear in the exercise of devolution soon after independence, forcing the relations between the central government and the ethnic groups to cool considerably.
What is abnormal is the battle for supremacy in the country’s politics. History bears witness to the fact that political perplexity only reinforces instability and violence, which are mutually reinforcing. Encouragingly, the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference demonstrated that all the ethnic nationalities unanimously concurred with the idea of urgent need for political reform in the pursuit of peace, national reconciliation and inclusive economic growth.
With the new, democratically elected civilian government in place, there is no better time than now for us to be united by a sense of common humanity in turning ethnic diversity into national prosperity. On the whole, humanity can be interpreted as commitment to peace and respect for others.
It is, therefore, undeniable that the time has come for all of us, regardless of our differences in race, culture and faith, to broaden and deepen our cooperation across a range of the country’s development goals. There is every reason to believe that unity in diversity has the potential to blend different perspectives and make them work for common good, thereby speeding up a dramatic change in creating opportunities to establish a democratic federal Union in the interests of all the ethnicity.


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