Thursday, September 27, 2007
Whatever happened to 'Myanmar'
A few years ago, The BBC dropped the name 'Burma' and started calling the country 'Myanmar'. I remember wondering where this new place called Myanmar was. And now that I've become used to using the new name, the Beeb has switched back to using 'Burma' again. There must be a reason for this. Perhaps someone will post a comment. I'm fascinated by this running story. A beautiful woman, daughter of the nation's Independence hero, and worshipped by millions behaves with a dignity and poise that puts politicians across the world to shame. Its a long running tragic story of a country reported to be stunningly beautiful, which has fallen into the hands of villains. Whenever I hear people tell me that they have no interest in politics, which has no impact on their lives, I think to myself that they need to spend a little time in a place like Myanmar - or Zimbabwe.