What is the new name of BurmaSo what's the new name of Burma?
Sung Suu Kyi defends her use of "Burma" as the name of her country.
Myanmar is taking on another name: Well, the Union of Myanmar
Myanmar today christened itself the Union of Myanmar and re-named the country's capitol Yangon, the Working People's Daily said. Myanmar has also been nationalized. Officers said the changes would better mirror Burma's biodiversity. Burma is defined as Burman, the nation's dominating ethnical group, excluding other ethnical minority groups.
Also, the army government stepped up checks on policy writing and re-opened elementary school a year after the class rooms were shut down after outrage. She said she would re-open other colleges, but did not give any concrete data.
Politics in the name of: Burma in Myanmar
This was the first Myanmar held an unprecedented meeting of this size. Thein Sein, President of Myanmar, opened the panel together with Klaus Schwab, President of the World Business Forum. 6. Although the aim of the meeting was to debate the problems of emerging countries in the area, in particular the association of Southeast Asian nations' commercial involvement, a great interest in the socio-economic reform of the hosting countries was obvious.
In the margins of the event, a worldwide television broadcast discussion entitled "Myanmar: The presentation of "What Future" was hosted by Nik Gowing of the British Broadcasting Corporation with around 400 participants. Obviously the discussion about the name of the land was split. Although they all relate to the same land, some used Burma and others Myanmar.
Is the name an issue in Myanmar policy? His name was the subject of a controversial debate that began with the prevailing policy conditions under which he was called. The State Law and Order Restoration Council's junta re-named the land of the Union of Burma the Union of Myanmar. The name of the Rangoon capitol was also change to Yangon.
Burma was the name of the land and Rangoon the capitol during the time of Britain's reign. During the Panglong 1947 meeting and in previous few month's, the Burmese majoritarian group headed by General Aung San tried several times to persuade the border tribe, now referred to as the country's minority peoples, to join the Union.
There has been a profound distrust of other national ethnicities towards the vast majority of the Burmese population since the UK National Government. In these circumstances, the concept of the Union was shaped by Burma to give the various communities under a new Burma of independence a feeling of union and belonging.
If the border population had not consented to join the Union of Burma, the country's autonomy could either have been postponed or only the areas under Burmese occupation could have been recognised as Burma by the British. Two fundamental reasons for the name changes exist. Firstly, the army leadership argues that it is necessary and important to substitute the name Burma with a native name, as it was given or used by the colonizers.
This also means that the use of another name symbolises liberty from the heritage of our city. Myanmar's second point is that the concept of Burma applies to only one group of individuals and the use of Myanmar includes all the nationality of the state. Burma is either known as Myanma or Bama in Burmese or Burmese.
The Myanma is the literal name of the land, while Bama is the land's spelled name. Most of the Burmese are still covered by both the name. Although the name was altered in 1989, the Myanmar population and the multinational fellowship still use two different name.
As an example, the overwhelmingly democratic defenders and some West European nations, in particular the United States and the United Kingdom, are still using the old name. Secondly, the Myanmar administration and its followers and sympathisers, as well as a large majority within the global fellowship, the United Nations Organisation included, are using the new name.
To those who favour Burma, they say it was an anti-democratic administration (military regime) that altered the name of the land without the agreement or mandates of the population. And they also claim that there is no basic distinction between the two denominations, both still refer to a group of persons. For them, the name should only be altered if a democratic administration approves it with the assent of the parliamentary group.
It also argues that the concept of Burma is more easily pronounced and memorable. But with the progressive process of democracy reform in the countryside, the new name has become more common than ever, and the world has begun to recognise it. As the present model of democratisation evolves and the multinational body builds ordinary diplomatic relations with the state, it is likely that the new name will ultimately be used for all formal diplomatic relations, also by the United States and the United Kingdom.
However, the old name cannot be readily forgot or given up by some in Myanmar company, especially by the older generations and within the expatriates group. The old name of the state will remain in Myanmar policy for the time being until a democratic administration formally recognises and acknowledges the name chang.
As the subject is both historic and politically, the use of one name over the other still has policy implications, although both are essentially related to a particular group of group. Mr. Nehginpao Kipgen is General Sectretary of the Kuki International Forum. He concentrates his research on South and Southeast Asian policy, with a focus on Burma/Myanmar.
Writer of a number of international peer-reviewed and non-academic analytic papers on Burma's and Asia's policies. The" Changing of Policies under Bush and Obama Administrations" was released by Routledge in March 2013.