The Jungle Rule in Burman Democracy
A late post for lse-ideas
A month is over and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was on LSE theatre show. The festive mood after her release seems to disperse though she is still claiming to call an online conference for ethnic reconciliation. Her news is banned in local journals at all. Moreover, only 19 infamous political prisoners are released yet after the elections. Democracy does not seem to dawn in Burma while new parliamentary laws are strictly endorsed by the ruling junta prior the first assembly. The official poll count is announced with 76.62% though exotic news like over cent percent and unstable poll turnover for some constituencies were appeared in the Burma dailies. Electoral fraud cases against the USDP are delayed to call to the court. Parliament will be totally occupied by the junta’s proxy USDP and army seats even if it is convened in early January.
Democracy honeymoon is over and also the game is over. The old tricks from the GDR socialist era are still repeating in the war-trodden Burma. Just read in a Facebook status of a Rangoon writer, “No more interesting news in local journals, please share us what you guys found.” The internet connection is still as slow as during the election days and many sites are still blocked. Cartoonists and some Rangoonians who were quite active in Facebook up to Aung San Suu Kyi’s release fade out though the current updates are not according to ‘People’s Desire’.
In the meanwhile, the Burmese version of Joan of Arc is busy with meeting of political forces or who defeated or vote-rigged in recent elections to start humanitarian services. But the junta could not ignore her visit to a HIV care home in Rangoon suburb and started attacks on her in Rangoon dailies, as same as before her house arrest. When Aung San Suu Kyi asked to visit a leading Burmese journalist, he replied her to clean her house (NLD) first before moving any bigger aim like national reconciliation. Though some ethnic parties who won some handsome seats in local areas denied cooperating with USDP, they are either reluctant to deal with NLD and other outlawed political forces in non-institutional politics. To be worse, the sparks with ethnic guerrillas will turn widespread civil war in Burma’s eastern states soon. How come the newly bottled ethnic M.Ps interferes, with enthusiasm to do party businesses by trying licenses from the junta, in wars against their lands and cousins? Situation is not much differing from the 1950s civil war years. More complex political scenario is lying ahead as the snake ladder game.
Aung San Suu Kyi has already warned the election campaigners to take a good lesson from the junta’s trick though native political prophets are still urging to avoid ‘radical’ and emotional agitating stand in the new era from the ‘Hluttaw’ (Parliament for Burmese), i.e., lacking both public interest and trust. Not good news to share at last from the NLD quarter is the junta will only allow the civilian politics as under the army and its proxies’ political state, which is seemed not to be a wrong prediction.
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