Painful and Meaningful Reconciliation in Peace for Burma by Nai Banya Hongsar

By Nai Banya Hongsar, Mon Writer Club – Brave new Burma is under the effort of national reconciliation for peace and unity with the sincerity of political leaders among Burmese and Non Burmese elites that attract further investment and market economy in resource rich nations at one of the poorest country in Southeast Asia. It is a long road to peace and a painful journey for reconciliation. Mission is possible with sense of unity for diversity and unity for common purpose of serving the people for a better place to live and enjoy human’s experiences of enlightenment in the Buddhist dominated cultural rich land.

A peace deal signed by delegates of the government and New Mon State Party this week has indicated that both parties agreed ‘to continue talks on national reconciliation, based on political compromises with participation of representatives of domestic national political parties and democratic forces’.

Political compromise is the factor that will test this peace deal with other unprecedented issues on border trade, local economy and development, access to natural resources and rights to collect levy / fees from local farmers in border and regional areas by both parties. In fact, NMSP has duty of care to it’s over 7000 members for welfare and other healthcare like the government’s public servants. NMSP’s leaders put their faith to the hand of President Thein Sein and peace maker, Minister U Aung Min with sense of unity and reconciliation.

A well regarded Mon leaders, led by Nai Rot Sa, Deputy Chairman of NMSP and his well-informed delegates understood the risk but well calculated the risk factors due to time of circumstances.

According source from Moulmein, top official of the National League for Democracy wishes to urgently meet Nai Rot Sa, as he is regarded the most flexible and pragmatically approachable politician among non-Burmese ethnic leaders for further peace and national reconciliation. Nai Rot Sa built a united voice of 17 cease-fire forces from 1995-2005 during ten year of informal cease-fire deal with the previous military government for constitutional changes at the former National Convention.

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Burma Hope and America Wills in the 21st Century People Liberation By. Nai Banya Hongsar

Perspective: Political of diplomacy has been shaped in my country or origin, Union of Myanmar this week, as approaching to the end of 2011, a year of aspiration and hope for local farmers and other ordinary citizens across the poor nation of isolation in the last sixty years. American diplomacy of ‘carrot and stick’ has played within its own national and regional interest with its assertion to the leadership of ‘Asia Pacific Regions’ by recently echo of President Barack Obama in Australia in early November. It is astonishing event to be watched that the most beautiful two ladies smile and share moment of joyful with white dress on top while a few men are watching behind the hotel door. Business of diplomacy is under the hand of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Burma’s hope for new century. This is my own assertion and hope for a real and genuine of diplomacy for freedom of people, the American dream in 19th century and beyond in the whole world. Continue reading “Burma Hope and America Wills in the 21st Century People Liberation By. Nai Banya Hongsar”

Buddhist monks’ role in Burma’s National Reconciliation by Nai Banya Hongsar

November 1st, 2010

Nai Banya Hongsar : Editor’s Note: We would like to introduce our readers to the third installment in our “Burma Tranformed”. In this installment our writer discusses the role of Burmese monks in Burma’s future national reconciliation process.

Buddhist monks played central roles in Burmese history both before and after the country became independent from colonial rule; for this reason Burma’s military junta’s appalling treatment of monks  should be reviewed by the international community. Many monks have been killed and imprisoned in recent years for their political opinions. Nation-building in Burma cannot be accomplished without the contribution of religion leaders like Buddhist monks. Buddhist monks are the sons of million of Burmese parents. They have the right to have their own opinions on the social issues that impact their parents and siblings and they also have the moral responsibility as monks to protect private citizens from wrong doing.

This essay will examine the military junta’s treatment of monks, many of whom have been vibrant political activists in Burma, between 1988 and 2010. The appropriate role of monks in Burmese politics will be covered. I will explore the role of Buddhist monks as mediators during a reconciliation between democratic forces, including ethnic leaders and the ruling military junta, the  State Peace and Development Council (SPDC).

Monks have long held an important role in Burma’s politics. Buddhist monks served the best interests of kings and the nation as far back as the 10th century. Burma became a Buddhist community under Mon monks in the 7th century. Monks have a long history of being victims of political strife in Burma. In 1757 Burmese kings overthrew the Mon empire, and brutally slaughtered over three thousand Mon  monks in a ‘Fire Burn”, in a group near Rangoon.  The current name of the location is called ‘Thin Gyun Chun – the island of burning robes”. Continue reading “Buddhist monks’ role in Burma’s National Reconciliation by Nai Banya Hongsar”