Letters to the Editor — November, 2011
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Letters to the Editor — November, 2011


By THE IRRAWADDY Thursday, November 17, 2011


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Daily Rations

Regarding the article, “Surviving on a Little Hope and 4 US Cents a Day” [February 6, 2009; URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15076]:

It's still not much to live on per day, but 12 baht is closer to 30 US cents, not 4 cents. When my wife was growing up in northern Thailand, a Thai person could live on 12 baht per day for food, as she did regularly. I surely feel for these people. Even the poorest people in America don't have to suffer these kinds of conditions.

Eric


Dream on!

Regarding the article, “Beware of the Burmese Dream!” [January 29, 2009;
URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15026]:

I am Burmese-American and this is the best Obama joke I have read so far. It seems as if one is dreaming of becoming Than Shwe, without knowing who he really is.

rabin bharadwaja


Mahatir the Magnificent

Regarding the article, “Malaysian Muslims to Boycott Coca-Cola” [January 7, 2009; URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=14883]:

I wish Dr Mahatir could go around all the Muslim counties and wake the people up and make their leaders take similar action. We need more leaders like him, Tayyip Ardogan and Ahmedinejad.

Rabia Hyat Khan


United in Our Dream

Regarding the article, “The Battle of Insein Never Really Ended” [February 9, 2009; URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15080]:

Very nice story. It makes me recall memories. Many soldiers from different regions (including non-Burmese) helped the govt protect Rangoon. What did they get? Finally they were systematically destroyed by the govt. How stupid. Now they all know how the junta is (before and now), and why the Karen are fighting for justice and freedom. During that time, there were a lot of educated Karen people. They knew what would happen. But, until now we can’t get unity among the Karen, opposition groups and the other different races. It will still be too far from our dreams. However, one day, if we are united, our dream will come true, surely.

kanyaw


Battle of Insein Revisited

Regarding the article, “The Battle of Insein Never Really Ended” [February 9, 2009; URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15080]:

When Insein was occupied by the KNDO, they were confronted by: (1) hastily trained students from Myoma High School, the University of Rangoon, Faculty of Medicine; (2) Communist and PVO troops; (3) Burmese navy, Burmese Air Force with Oxford Trainers and fire extinguisher bombs. The Chin troops commanded by Brig Blake arrived a few days later and started the offensive against the KNDO. The Burmese Navy also shelled Insein from the Hlaing River. When the Burma Rifles arrived, the offensive was well on its way.

Pe Than Maung


The Irrawaddy’s Burman Bias

Regarding the article, “The Battle of Insein Never Really Ended” [February 9, 2009; URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15080]:

The Irrawaddy—both in printed and electronic magazines—has been considered one of the best of the Burmese publications, both by the people of Burma and the international community. But reading the above article we have some reservations, not only for its journalistic ethics but also of the magazine’s mission. It chooses to highlight only a fraction of the true story where it narrows in on the heroism and sacrifices of the Burman, even though mention was made [about the Chin]: “The most decisive role in defending Insein was played by the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Chin Rifles, fighting on what is regarded as the most strategic battle front of all.”

It would be ridiculous to level the famed and honorable magazine, as harboring the “Mahar Bamar” attitude—even though it is dominated by Burmans and “farang” [Westerners]—when it mentioned that “Tun Tin noted that soldiers from different regions of Burma such as Kayah, Kachin and Gurkha helped to defend Rangoon.” But the fact that most of the ethnic nationalities armies rally behind the Burmese army is because they loved and believed in “Pyidaungsu” (the Union of Burma), the alternative being Communism or one major ethnic group lording over it.

Ethnic nationalities still cherished the dream of Bogyoke Aung San who initiated the union spirit.



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Jady Wrote:
23/11/2011
A million thanks for posting this information.

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