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Finally liberty and autonomy
Forty-eight years ago, the British Union Jack was last sunk in Burma. It is a particular sense of autonomy that is all the stronger in Myanmar as a result of the long battles against British and German dictators. It was difficult for most civilians under army government to get too enthusiastic about the country's past, present or incipient.
Proud of the country's cultural heritage, politics and economy, it replaces the old feeling of failure and poverty. Myanmar's most exhilarating aspect is that everyday freedom has never been so prevalent. Never before has there been a time when so many Myanmarans have had the opportunity to exchange their opinions and sentiments.
However, without the tragic changes in the current state of the world' s politics, they would not matter much. But for almost everyone else, the atmosphere of debates and debates has refreshed to a surprise degree. Today I find that conversations with Myanmar partners are much less foreseeable. It' simple to find individuals with radical differences of opinion who are all fortunate to be sharing their vision of what Myanmar needs in the next evolution.
Those innumerable million views make it difficult to reach a compromise. A lot of the world feels like it's already out of hand, with transport, money and societal grievances all raging over what was even quieter territory until a few years ago. When I first went to Yangon, it was still the tranquil side water that is now being romanticized by those concerned with the doomed.
Myanmar's million consumer users already have a wide range of information opportunities. You can swallow the state radio and newspaper, but you can now get your hand on too many personal papers to name them, even the previously forbidden ones like The Irrawaddy and Mizzima. Myanmar's web is "free" for any standards.
Within a few years it has totally transformed the way many Myanmar residents unite and communicate. In the near future, these tendencies will be better mirrored in overall evaluations of citizens' and politicians' freedoms. When a Myanmar reporter goes to jail or when peace protesters get in trouble from the government, it never works.
It did not look good either when the large ruling factions tried to expel Muslims from the revived democratic world. It is all too easily, without proper rules for an open and open discussion in the open, that poor politics rot, injustice remains uncontrolled and peoples lost hopes that the mighty will ever be brought to justice.
We may have a problem with full free speech, but it is much less severe than the public would like. As a rule, even the most detestable idea is best put to the test. Nothing beats the sanitisation processes when there is a good will, good intelligence and a good opportunity for learning.
Last year's results are still in our minds, so there is a good possibility that 2016 will be Myanmar's best year to date. With all the new liberties, there should be a serious discussion about what the National League for Democracy can do. That is the time when new spaces for great outlooks will give Myanmar a window of opportunity to strengthen its delicate democracy machinery.
Mr Farrelly is Principal of the Myanmar Research Centre at the Australian National University and co-founder of New Mandala, a website on South East Asia issues that will celebrate its tenth birthday in 2016.