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A Political History of Myanmar

Myanmar: A Political History by Nehginpao Kipgen, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016; pp xvi + 230, 745.

‘Burma’ All the Way

My Conscience: An Exile’s Memoir of Burma by U Kyaw Win, Eugene, Oregon: Resource Publications, 2016; pp 254, 1,886 (paperback).

Myanmar: Conflicts over Land in a Time of Transition

Secure and just land tenure, and sound management of land and natural resources are crucial to easing conflicts between farmers, the State, and extractive industries. This paper underlines that Myanmar cannot hope to achieve inclusive social and economic development without a just and comprehensive framework that protects the land rights of small farmers, ethnic minorities, and the poor. A lack of participation and transparency in land management, coupled with legal and institutional weaknesses that work in favour of big capital rather than small farmers and the rural poor, poses a major challenge to the country's social and economic reform programme.

Calcutta Diary

Charged with hijacking a Thai Airways plane at Bangkok airport in November 1990 to highlight the Burmese nation's struggle against the ruling junta and shuttling ever since between New Delhi, Calcutta and the second additional sessions court at Barasat, Soe Myint has scrounged a living through stray journalistic writings. A collection of these writings, Burma File: A Question of Democracy, was recently released by the venerable Lakshmi Sehgal. That is all she, and the rest of us, can do for Soe Myint for the present. Ours is a democratic country, civil liberties are respected here, but then we are also an integral part of George W Bush's war on terrorism.

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