Thursday, October 04, 2007
In a spineless display of courage, the Indian government is silent on the pro-democracy movement in neighbouring Burma. By their silence they have proven that they do not care for human rigts, democracy etc which they themselves claim to uphold so often. They have failed to practice what they preached and have thoroughly let down a neighboring country that desperately needs its help to free itself from a military junta that has ruled dictatorially for over 40 years. Its sad to hear external affairs minister saying that sanctions should be the last resort when national and international expectations are that India would do much more than that. If sanctions are the last resort, then what's the first, invite the leader of the junta for a state dinner with the president. India has by its silence expressed its solidarity with the wrong side of the struggle and not where it should rightly be, with the peace loving people of Myanmar. It is imperative that India stirs out of its lethargy and do its utmost to free the burmese people from the clutches of the dictators and let the burmese people choose the person that they want to lead them. The freeing of activist leader Aug suu kyee would be the first step to take towards achieving that end.