Book: "Burma: A Nation at the Crossroads"; Written by Roger Benedict; Published by Random House; Priced at 12.99 pounds (Rs.1,134.90)
For more than 50 years, Burma has been ruled by a succession of military regimes which rank among the most oppressive dictatorships in the world. Accused of crimes against humanity, they have brutally mistreated their people. But in the last couple of years, the pace of change in Myanmar has been breathtaking. Much is now hoped for. However, Myanmar is one of the most ethnically diverse nations in Southeast Asia: there are roughly seven major ethnic groups living along its borders.
They have a long history of conflict with the government and have been cruelly treated by the current regime. Their future affects the country as a whole, as Benedict Rogers explains. Drawing heavily on his many fact-finding visits both inside Myanmar and along its frontiers, he gives a unique appraisal of the current ethnic situation and its implications for the nation as a whole.
IANS, 30 June 2012