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What do the communal riots in Myanmar indicate?

Paper No. 5467                  Dated 20-April-2013

Col R Hariharan

Myanmar’s fledgling democracy faced yet another obstacle to its progress when anti-Muslim violence flared up in Central Myanmar town of Meiktila in March 2013. It quickly spread to six other smaller townships in Thayawady district in Bago Region in Lower Myanmar. According to Human Rights Watch, it also spread to 11 townships in Mandalay and Pegu divisions, where Muslim neighborhoods were ransacked.

Sri Lanka: Attacks on Muslims, a new ball-game

Paper No. 5450                                      Dated 5-Apr-2013

Guest Column: Dr Kumar David

When Lanka’s civil war ended in May 2009 with the extermination of the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) it was thought that thirty years of strife was over and military victory would usher in stability and economic progress.

Myanmar President Directs Security Forces to use Force to Quell Communal Violence

 

Paper No: 5443                                   Dated  29-Mar- 2013

By B.Raman

The violent incidents in Central Myanmar, which initially targeted Muslims, their places of worship and properties at Meikhtila on March 20,2013, have since spread to other areas north of Rangoon and there have been reports of Muslims as well as Buddhists now being targeted often by the same mobs which move on motor-bykes.

Sustaining change in Myanmar

 

Paper No. 5439                                              Dated 28-Mar-2013

By Col. R. Hariharan

[This article formed the basis for Col Hariharan’s presentation “Political and economic change in Myanmar” at the Federation of Indian Export Organisation (FIEO) seminar “Doing Business with Myanmar” at Chennai on March 16, 2013.]

Strategic context of change

Anti-Muslim Rumours Spread in Central Myanmar

 

Paper No. 5436                                          Dated 26-Mar-2013

By B. Raman

Anti-Muslim rumours projecting Muslims negatively have spread to Rangoon from Meikhtila which has been placed under a State of Emergency following three days of Buddhist-Muslim clashes last week.

2. While no fresh fatalities have been reported from Meikhtila, there have been reports of fresh attacks on mosques and Muslim-owned properties in the villages and townships around Meikhtila.

MYANMAR: Buddhist-Muslim Clashes in Meikhtila

Paper No. 5434                                         Dated 23-Mar-2013

By B. Raman

Between 20 and 26 persons are reported to have been killed in three days of violent clashes between Buddhists and Burman Muslims (not Rohingyas) in the central Myanmar cantonment town of Meikhtila since March 20, 2013. Official figures have, however, given the death toll as five only till the evening of March 22.

MYANMAR: National league for Democracy Party Congress

Paper no. 5424                                                            Dated 14-Mar-2013

By C. S. Kuppuswamy

“Even party members say their National League for Democracy is in disarray — suffering from an array of problems including what one called a “leadership vacuum” in the middle ranks.” - Thomas Fuller (The New York Times)

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