02 February 2021
MYANMAR - CORONA VICTIM?
1. [I used Myanmar not as being on all fours
with Sri Lanka but as an example of a country, a state, that was subject to
tremendous international pressure and escaped that encirclement by undertaking
quite considerable domestic reforms of a democratic and democratizing
character; by dramatic political dialogue and opening up. Since Sri Lanka has
never been under a military regime, obviously we start at a much higher point,
but what is important is the method and nature of the response to external
pressure, namely dialogue with political opponents, reform, self-generated
change, replacing a tightly closed system and a permanent siege mentality.]
Dr Dyan Jayatilleke – April 2012 (Sri Lanka Guardian)
co-sponsorship in 2015 of the UNHRC Resolution 30/1 on ‘Promoting reconciliation,
accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka’ adopted by the UNHRC in October
2015, at the Council’s 30th Session, was an example of abject capitulation from
the then-Government. From that position, we have now swung to the opposite end
of absolute rejectionism, by withdrawing the co-sponsorship of the said
Resolution. We have to find a middle ground,” Dr. Jayatilleke opined.
Jayatilleke claimed that while some administrations are capable of demarcating
the middle ground, unfortunately – be it in domestic affairs or in foreign
affairs – the administration led by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has abandoned
the middle path in favour of extremes.] Dr Dyan Jayatilleke – January 2021 (The Morning )
are not always against Opposition parties; quite often they are against
governing parties. The Myanmar coup was not against the Opposition; it was
The lessons for Sri Lanka are obvious. We are on the road to Myanmar and are already halfway there. is helpful in the light it sheds on .Dr Dyan Jayatilleke
All three are above are ‘effects’
based showing a following. In 1 & 3 Dr Dyan Jayatilleke is under the influence of what happened in Myanmar. In 2 Dr Dyan Jayatilleke is under the
influence of UNHRC outcome.
contrast, I identify with the ‘intelligence’ of Mr Swadesh Roy whose ‘insight’
into Myanmar was through the pain of Rohingyas who were :
[After Chinese President Xi Jinping's January
5 visit to Myanmar, MoUs have been signed between China and Myanmar for
construction of the Kyaukpyu Deep Sea Port in the Bay of Bengal, on the
outskirts of Arakan state and for the construction of a Kyaukpyu Economic Zone.
China has long been talking about the New Silk Route or the Twenty-first
Century Silk Route. They are also talking about the China-Myanmar Economic
Corridor as part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
According to the experience of
Hambantota port in Sri Lanka, Myanmar will also be forced to lease the entire
area to China once it becomes part of the port, oil reserve and economic zone.
Myanmar will never be able to return the invested money to China through
profits from this port. Following this policy of ‘build up infrastructure and
occupy it’, China has been successful earlier in areas like Sri Lanka, Laos and
countries in Africa. They will be successful in Myanmar too. Another aspect of
this Chinese economic expansion is that Chinese citizens gradually settle in
wherever they invest. As a result, their citizens stand to benefit from the
employment opportunities at these places. Chinese citizens will also come to
Arakan in future. The Rohingyas have been ousted by Myanmar's army to create
space for the Chinese.]
his Sydney Morning Herald article ‘West
has hard questions to answer about Myanmar coup’ Anthony Galloway confirms ‘insight’
similar to that of Swadesh Roy:
soon after her election in 2015, Suu Kyi turned from angel to pariah over
accusations the military was waging a genocidal campaign against the Rohingya
minority. At times, it appeared the West had assumed the Nobel Peace Prize
winner would live up to the version of her we had created in our heads: liberal
democratic, progressive and multicultural – rather than a nationalist with
As global condemnation
rightly grew over the Rohingya issue, sanctions were imposed on senior commanders
in the Myanmar military and Suu Kyi was shunned on the international stage.
Considering the army
was responsible for the apparent genocide, the takeover by the military for at
least a year won’t do anything to solve the Rohingya refugee crisis.
The development is a
sad indictment of the world’s decline into authoritarianism and the West’s
ineffectual policies to stop it.]
When Ms Suu Kyi joined the military against Rohingya refugees the lady became their
junior. Instead, if Ms Suu Kyi had ‘felt’ for the victims, the lady would
have developed a protective facility within, which would have connected her to
the global powers of democracy. After Rohingya refugee crisis, and in fact due
to it – we learnt about the hypocrisy of this lady.
True Sovereignty is often protected by the natural protection
that is developed through the sufferings of victims. One needs to identify with
the pain of victims as her/his own to identify with this natural protection
which supports the natural solution.
likes of Dr Dyan Jayatilleke tend to project intellectually so they seem to ‘win’
or be on the winning side.
is a warning to the Tamil Diaspora which is also artificially boosting its
side. When one thinks of ‘winning’ against military, one becomes its junior or
senior at the end. Instead one need to take the alternate route of ownership
which naturally brings the support of Universal Powers. Tamil Diaspora which
funded the LTTE would continue to promote war and risk military takeover of
Tamil & Muslim areas in Sri Lanka. Towards this they are likely to have
secret partnerships with others who would help them ‘win’. When they are no
longer connected to the nucleus of the pain of victims it is no longer common
war but their war.
it the Burmese, Sinhalese or Tamils – when they elect those who seems to have
the power to protect them from brawn power – they get military government. The Suu Kyi government
was military government and hence it was easy for the military to takeover. One
who identifies with the victims accesses the nuclear power and transforms from
within. This is the power of minority. This would have protected the BRI’s
negative Energy from its exponential