The elections in Myanmar finally come to a close with Suu Kyi-led NLD’s landslide victory. The military establishment has accepted defeat. Suu Kyi, who can't be the president, has made it clear that she would be 'above the president'. How should India read Myanmar now and act to safeguard its interests?
In the case of Myanmar and Aung San Suu Kyi, the battle for democracy is far from over. Gateway House’s Amit Baruah blogs about Suu Kyi’s recent visit to India and the Indian government's possible role in ensuring that a lasting democracy is inaugurated in Myanmar.
In the case of Myanmar and Aung San Suu Kyi, the battle for democracy is far from over. Can India use its leverage with the Myanmar government to ensure that a lasting democracy is inaugurated in that country?
As India and the world welcome the recent democratization of Myanmar, this presents India an opportunity to increase its access to South East Asian countries as well, especially with members of ASEAN which still have catching up to do – particularly Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.
Although freeing Aung Suu Kyi may allow Burma’s military leaders to escape scrutiny for now, their budding nuclear ambitions could rejuvenate international interest in placing pressure on their regime.
Weary of championing Myanmar’s democratic movement, India welcomes its top general Than Shwe in July 2010 and even allows him to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial in New Delhi
New Delhi has sympathy for the troubled nation, but energy needs and relations with China are complicating the equation