|BURMA: Nationalism and Ideology
An Analysis of Society, Culture and Politics
Shwe Lu Maung
ISBN 984 05 1114 9 1989 134pp 215x136mm HB Tk.225.00 US$20.00
What happens in Burma has considerable implications for those who live in South and South East Asia.
In this book a former Burmese guerrilla and a dissenter of the military regime, brings forth the complexity of Burma’s present political and social dilemmas. He traces its roots in the historical and cultural diversities of Burmese people, in the feudal and colonial heritage of the country and in the stormy whirlwind of the modem political doctrines.
It is the author’s opinion that Burma today stands at the crossroads of socialism preached by Ne Win, communism of the Burma Communist Party, democracy-based Federation of Burma and the disintegration of the present territory into feudal states.
Shwe Lu Maung examines all the issues most succinctly and presents the readers with valuable information on Burma.
Dr. Shew Lu Maung hails from Arakan of Burma. As a Rangoon University student, his ambition was to become a member of parliament. Opposing the military government which came to power through a coup in 1962 he joined in a guerrilla force, but left the jungle a year later to become a demonstrator at the University of Rangoon.
He won a Colombo Plan Fellowship and in 1976 earned a Ph.D. in reproductive endocrinology from the University of Wales, UK. In 1982 he joined a group known as the Political Exiles of Burma which merged in 1987 with the Committee for Restoration of Democracy in Burma (CRDB). He worked as Secretary, CRDB, Bangladesh Chapter.
With thirty scientific papers and two Burmese short stories published, this is his first book on politics. He presently works as a research scientist at the University of Missouri, Columbia, U.S.A.