Book title: MYANMAR: Demicratisation Foreign Policy and Elections
Author(s): Amrita Dey (Ed.)
ISBN: 9788182748798
Publication Year: 2016
Binding: HB
Pages: 176
Price: Rs. 895
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About the Book:

The Myanmar poll results of 2015 has once again proved to the world that public opinion is unanimously in favor of genuine democratization in the country, democratization  as epitomized by the self-sacrifice of its opposition leader, party workers, students, journalists, Buddhist monk population, young and old, against any-sort of a quasi/proxy military rule at the centre. Since 2011, the military-turned civilian administration in Myanmar has undertaken formidable changes on all fronts- political, economic and socio-cultural to promote `democratic transition` there. But freedom has never been whole-hearted, as there are clauses in the Constitution that still empowers and protects the military, favors their vested interests in the booming extractive sectors of the economy, and fails to adequately address issues of real internal conflict and tension, human rights violation against minorities and deters real participation of regional population in the overall development process of the country.

The two-days International Conference at Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata, India attempted to debate and examine the merits and demerits of the democratization process in Myanmar, the country`s preparedness for the elections, it`s handling of ethnic and religious issues. And the way these developments are perceived by immediate neighboring countries, including India and China, the two Asian giants jostling for more economic power and with whom Daw Aung San Suu has vowed to maintain good relationship in future. 

This edited volume has been the culmination of the team work of the head of MAKAIAS, the Myanmar Consulate in Kolkata, the administrative and library staff, Fellows/RA`s, students, scholars and think-tanks from Kolkata, India and abroad.



About the Author:

Dr. Amrita Dey is an M.A and PhD in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (with Southeast Asia as her specialization). Having graduated from Presidency College, Kolkata, she has taught as a Guest Lecturer in the Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, University of Calcutta at the M.A Part II level for more than three years. She has also worked as a journalist of the English Daily, The Statesman for three years. Her publications includes her own book on Sea Piracy and Maritime Terrorism in South and Southeast Asia: Implications for Regional Organizations, Perspective articles, chapters in edited books, Conference Proceedings and articles in national and international journals of repute. She is presently working as a Research Fellow at Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies in Kolkata on the project titled, India and Myanmar Relations: Paving the Way for Constructive Engagement, (post 2010). 

You can reach her at amritadey27@gmail.com



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