August 20, 2016

Upholding nationalism is national concern

The democratisation of a country will meet with little success if it lacks an intellectual society, especially in the age of globalisation. As a young democracy, our country is in urgent need of reliable human resources capable of upholding our national literature, culture and historical heritage.
Careful consideration should be given to the issue of revitalising national solidarity, as it can guarantee stability and development. To satisfy this immediate need, the government should do everything in its capacity to create a society where democracy survives through gradual change in politics.
Yesterday, we celebrated our 95th National Day. That significant day dates back to the 10th Waning Day of Tazaungmon in 1282 Myanmar Era (5 December 1920), when students protested against the Yangon University Act, written by the British colonialists. Its annual celebration became a staple of Myanmar nationalism throughout the colonial era and the effort to restore independence from the British Empire. In the post-independence period, the event is observed to commemorate the national unity demonstrated in the fight against imperialism.
The onus is now on all of us to retain the national fervour our predecessors handed over to us, while also preserving our patriotism and keeping our culture intact.


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