End of military rule in
Sajiad Ahmed Rumy , 10th September 03:
It is good news indeed that Burma
is marching towards democracy, a long demand of its people of that country. We
were surprised to read the news that the new Burma Prime Minister General Khin
Nyunt has offered a roadmap to democracy and we hope that it finally works to
end 40 years of military rule. Under a democratic set up the potential of the
country and its people will find many avenues of flourish. The country will
hold free and fair elections under a new constitution.
But it reminds us of the debacle in 1990 when the popular party was denied the
opportunity, as the military junta did not want to relinquish power to the
people. They also did not care to listen to the public demand to release
popular leader Aung San Suu Kui and others who have
been fighting for democracy in Burma.
Many of the South Asia
countries have seen ruthless military rule for decades. Though
pursuance of effective programmes, experiencing torture and deaths, the people
in most of these countries could finally establish democracy. The story
of the creation of Bangladesh
is unique in this respect. The people had fought a vicious mix of Pakistani
military and civilian autocracy for decades and after a successful guerrilla
warfare driven the occupied forced to oblivion. Had the country not been free
today, it would have existed only as a colony of West Pakistan
and nothing better. If fact no nation can blossom with all its potential under
a military rule as the men in uniform never allows to take
long-term plans for development with civilian involvement.
We hope the military junta in Burma
will keep their words by holding a free and fair election in the immediate
future after releasing all political prisoners. Burma
has a lot to offer to the world community from its rich basket of culture,
traditions, values and religion.
It will also benefit by opening its door for new ideas and technologies that
are need to modernise a country.#