August 19, 2016

National reconciliation can’t wait

It is not an easy task to introduce a democratic system to a country where tyranny and oppression had reigned for many decades. Our used to be such a country. Prolonged authoritarianism had sown the seeds of cronyism and nepotism, with its effects still posing an obstacle to the government working hard to make a difference in the country’s political arena.
As a new democracy, our country still remains fragile, considering the recent rise of aggressive nationalism and feelings of religious dominance, let alone its lengthy internal armed conflict. In dealing with these issues in order of importance, the government seems to be determined to overcome all the obstacles that have been placed on the path to democratic reform as State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has decided to triangulate at the peace conference, known as the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference initially scheduled for August.
It is, therefore, undeniable that the restoration of peace should take on an added importance at a time when the country finds itself in a position unable to afford any more delays in national reconciliation. Martin Luther King once put it that “true peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.”
Similarly, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has recently defined true peace as a state in which nobody needs to bear arms and get ready to fight, stressing that there is no alternative to mutual trust for genuine peace to prevail.


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