The late Chao Tzang Yawnghwe had said “Given a correct perception and grasp of political and historical realities and politics by Burmese leaders, there seems little reason why national unity cannot be achieved without resorting to war and bloodshed”.
I agree with him. However, I feel that unity can only happen when there is complete trust and equality between the two sides and not one trying to control or influence the other. It has to come from the heart, and it has to be sincere and genuine on both sides, and it takes time to build a good relationship. Unity cannot be forced upon another.
Speaking as an exiled Shan woman, but having Burmese friends as well as Shan friends from varied communities, to some extent I have an idea of how both sides feel about the situation of Burma.
In any race and any society, there are people who have wise, ethical and caring attitudes toward their fellow men and there are also people who are evil and selfish.
And there are also many Shan and Burmese to get along and live together very well.
However, we cannot turn a blind eye on the situation of Shan people as a whole. There are many reasons why for Shans in Shan State and other parts of Burma there is mistrust of the Burmese and it is because of how they’ve been treated in the past and in the present. As long as they don’t make waves, and as long as they please the regime by going along with whatever they impose on them and keep a low profile, they are to some extent safe. Our history and heritage has been destroyed and lied about, and we are not allowed to celebrate Shan National Day.
I’ve been told that many Shans in Burma call themselves by Burmese names and speak only Burmese language in public. It is as though they are frightened to be Shan. Continue reading “Unity among the Peoples of Burma by Feraya”
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