September 1, 2018

The Enemy Within, a book covering the recent events in Burma

At some event in 2015, a attendee from Burma was optimistic as the news of elections came in. She said that Burma will one day be like Singapore. I wished her luck and replied Before it becomes like Singapore, it will become like India”. I think people do not fully comprehend the complexity of a large, diverse country. When one enemy disappears, seemingly nice people have the urge to find a new enemy and co-opt the old one. Add to that the fight for a common resources in a time where quickly grabbing onto something can make you rich when the real estate boom hits.

This is a recent book I read that described precisely that. You will probably need another book for a clearer history of Arakan (Rakhine state) but overall the book provides a snapshot of the recent happenings.

https://www.amazon.com/Myanmars-Enemy-Within-Buddhist-Arguments/dp/1783605278

The clip below has the author speaking about the book.


Burma Books


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