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NATIONALISM UNDERMINES MYANMAR’S TRANSITION TO DEMOCRACY

NATIONALISM UNDERMINES MYANMAR’S TRANSITION TO DEMOCRACY
Sangkat Chakto Mukh, monument to democracy in Phnom Penh, Nov 2014. Wikimedia Commons

 

By Mon Mon Myat

The Irrawaddy-Dec 27

Political scientist Benedict Anderson observes in his book “Imagined Communities” that nationalism has “roots in fear and hatred of the Other, and affinities with racism.” As some political parties and local institutions revitalize nationalism, Myanmar’s democratic transition has not progressed far as expected.  Racism and extreme religious beliefs have regenerated nationalism in Myanmar after it was concealed inside a closed society under authoritarian rule for almost six decades. During the so-called democratic transition under former president U Thein Sein’s government, nationalism was officially endorsed.

Read more at: https://www.irrawaddy.com/opinion/nationalism-undermines-myanmars-transition-democracy.html

First published in: The Irrawaddy

 

31/12/2018 in ASEAN, Opinions, Regions, Viewpoints

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