Sunday, November 4, 2012

India-Burma Relations - Prospects, Expectations and Concerns

Press Release
3rd November 2012
Dimapur, Nagaland, India

A one-day workshop on India-Burma Relations: Prospects, Expectations and Concerns was held at AIDA Complex, Dimapur on November 3, 2012. The programme was jointly organised by Burma Centre Delhi (BCD) and Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) and hosted by Dimapur Press Club.

Various speakers emphasized on the reforms process in Burma and joint development process between India and Burma especially northeast region with special reference to Nagas. Serious concerns were raised on the problems faced by the ethnic people in Burma including the Nagas, Chins and Kachins who are marginalized politically, economically and socially.

Burmese ex-MP and Chairman of BCD, Dr. Tint Swe said India should look at Burma from different angles. He said if stability and security is the key for India’s eastern border then it must be of the Northeast. He said people from the Northeast should be consulted on developmental projects affecting the people of the region. Now political solution for NE is possible as Burma becomes a constitutional state, he said. “For that reason political resolution is preferred to military solution. If the development is also on agenda, it should be for the entire region i.e. areas on both sides of the international border,” Dr. Swe added.

Chairman of Nagaland Development Outreach a branch of Nagaland Baptist Church Council, Dr. Hukashe spoke about the educational activities that the NBCC was taking up in the Naga areas in Burma. Underscoring the importance of development, he also emphasized on the emotional attachment among the Naga people living in different areas.

Eastern Naga Students’ Association, general secretary, Y. Khomong highlighted the problems faced by Nagas in Myanmar on development front especially road and education. He requested the NBCC to continuously pray for the Eastern Nagas.

The workshop was attended by noted social peace activist from Nagaland, Niketu Iralu; coordinators from BCD, Dr. Alana Golmei and Kim; Kabi Gangmei of Asia Pacific Baptist Aid Shillong; Suanmoi Guite of Zomi Human Rights Foundation, Manipur; Pastor Ginglamthang of Zomi Baptist Church, a Chin from Burma; Rev Khevihe from NBCC; U Saw Sa Chairman of Naga National League for Democracy. Around 40 participants from different parts of Northeast and Burma attended the workshop.

Issued by
Burma Centre Delhi
Contact: Dr. Alana Golmei +91 996-829-1645