Feb 18 13 A Talking Point

In the early 50's after quelling the multi-color insurgencies the then AFPFL Government under Premier U Nu initiated an Economic Plan for Burma known as Pyidawthar Economic Plan.

On the National Day in November in the late 40’s the then Thakin Nu gave a speech expressing the real wealth of the Union: “We must show ourselves equal to the rich natural resources of our country.

For our masses to come up to standards of living befitting the natural wealth of our country we must all work to the limit from this day and hour.  If we all resolve to do so, with one mind, I shall predict that within five years at the longest, this country of Burma, bountifully provided by nature --- will see once again such a golden age as Pagan, in the days when Shin Izza Gawna was exercising the magic of his alchemy”.

That was what Thakin Nu envisaged and he had been working “Towards a Welfare State”.  His government was strong enough to emulate an economic model and plan ahead for the betterment of the masses. 

From August 4 to 17 of 1952, the AFPFL government initiated a Conference in Rangoon, which was known as “Pyidawtha Conference” with specific application as “Local Self-help” or “Community Cooperation”. The Conference agenda was as follows: August 4: Prime Minister’s opening speech “Towards a Welfare State”; August 7: Minister Bo Min Gaung – “Plan for the Devolution of Powers”; August 8: Minister U Ba Swe – “Democratization of Local Administration”; August 9: Minister Bo Khin Maung Gale – “Agricultural and Rural Development Five-Year Plan”; August 11: Minister U Kyaw Myint – “Target for Economic Development”; August 12 Minister Thakin Tin – “Land Nationalization Plan”; August 13: Minister U Ba Saw – “Development Plan for the Underdeveloped Areas”; August 14: Minister M. A. Raschid – “Housing Plan”; August 15:  Minister Mahn Win Maung – “Transport and Communications”; August 16: Minister U Than Aung – “Education Plan”; August 17: Minister U Khin Maung Latt – “Medical and Public Health Plans”. 

Premier U Nu's “Towards a Welfare State” marathon speech lasted four and one half-hour in which he expressed strongly that he looked forward to the “time when every family in Burma would possess a house, a car, and an income of Kyats 800 per month” and he stressed “your country is rich enough to provide these amenities”.

Premier U Nu following the example of the Government of Iran in employing foreign firm to compile a report on economic resources, instructed Secretary for the National Planning U Hla Muang to find a suitable firm for the similar task for Burma. U Hla Maung recruited Knappen-Tippetts-Abbett Engineering Company [KTA], which enlisted Pierce Management [mining specialists] and Robert R. Nathan Associates [RRNA] [a group of economists].

Robert Nathan had been a “lieutenant” in the 1930’s of President Roosevelt in the New Deal Program and was dubbed as a “Brain Child of Roosevelt”. KTA was first funded by the US and had arrived in Rangoon in 1951. The Government of the Union of Burma notified the US Government that the aid program “would be brought to an end on June 30, 1953”. The Burmese Government footed the bill and kept the KTA until they completed their studies.

Robert R. Nathan Associates and the Minister of National Planning and the staff of the ministry hit off well.  RRNA with its Resident Head, Mr. Lou J. Walinsky along with Professor Hagan was employed as economic advisers to the Ministry of the National Planning. Lou Walinsky was later appointed as the Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister.

One day after appointment Premier Nu asked how old was Walinsky. According to Lou Walinsky, “U Nu showed disappointment on his face after he learned that I was one year younger than him. I can understand an Asian way of thinking that someone whom a person seeks advice from should at least be older than the person who seeks advice”. To more disappointment, Premier Nu found that Bob Nathan was two years younger than he was.

The Government of the Union of Burma made a few structural changes in order to meet with the new challenges in implementing their “scheme”. The Agriculture and Rural Development Corporation [ARDC] under the Chairmanship of U Nu, the Industrial Development Corporation [IDC] under the Chairmanship of U Kyaw Nyein and the Mineral Resources Development Corporation [MRDC] under the Chairmanship of U Tin were established.  In the Parliament, the Minister for Industry and Mines U Kyaw Myint announced: “these corporations will be set up on business principles and will operate on business lines – they shall be free from departmental rules and restrictions which are now an effective barrier to carry out any work of development”.

On the other front, the Social Planning Commission under the Chairwomanship of Madam Aung San Khin Kyi, the widow of Bogyoke Aung San to co-operate with the mission from the United Nations Technical Assistance Administration led by Dr. J. F. Bulsara of India.            

Once severely criticized with no understanding what were studied and planned to implement, even by Cartoonists ridiculed, Pyidawthar Plan seems rebound. At the time Pyidawthar Plan was introduced, Burma, a newly emergence young country experienced a very strong American Tornado severely. Burma filed a complained against American stooge KMT at the United Nations [UN] that had intruded Burma after Chinese Communists routed them. In retribution U.S. Government under President Eisenhower exercising PL 480 [Public Law 480] distributed rice free of charge to the countries that were importing rice from Burma. Thus, Pyidawthar Plan was nipped in the bud. As President Kennedy once said: Nothing succeed like success but failure is an orphan.

U Aung
2/18/2013 11:10:11 AM

 အမ်ိဳးသားလႊတ္ေတာ္ ဥကၠဌ ဦးေအာင္ခင္ျမင့္ရဲ႕ အျမင္မွာ (တနည္းအားျဖင္ န၀တ-နအဖ-စစ္အစိုးရ ခုအစိုးရရဲ႕ အျမင္လို႕လဲ ဆိုပါစို႕) ျပည္ေတာ္သာစီမံကိန္းဟာ စိုက္ပ်ိဳးေရးကို အေျခခံပီး လုပ္တဲ႕အတြက္ မေအာင္ျမင္ဘူးျဖစ္သြားတာလို႕ ယံုၾကည္ၾကတာ ျမင္ရပါတယ္။
ျမန္မာ့ဆန္ တင္ပို႕မႈဟာ အဲဒီကာလကအေျခအေနမွာ ကမၻာ့ ဆန္တင္ပို႔မႈ အမ်ားဆံုးႏိုင္ငံ ျဖစ္ခဲ့တယ္ဆိုတာ အဲဒီကာလမတိုင္ခင္ကပင္ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံဟာ စိုက္ပ်ိဳးေရးႏိုင္ငံ တႏိုင္ငံျဖစ္ခဲ့တယ္ဆိုတာ လူႀကီးမင္းဗိုလ္ခ်ဳပ္ေျပာင္းမ်ား နားမလည္ရွာဘဲကိုး။
၁၉၅၀-၆၀အတြင္းက စပါးစိုက္ဧက ေထာင္ေပါင္း တစ္ေသာင္း သံုးရာေက်ာ္မွာ ဆန္တန္ခ်ိန္ ေထာင္ေပါင္း ငါးေထာင္ႏွစ္ရာနီးပါး ထြက္သည္။ ၁၉၅၉-၆ဝ ျပည့္ႏွစ္၌ လယ္ယာထြက္ကုန္ တန္ဖိုးက်ပ္ ၁ ၁၅ဝ ဝဝဝ ဝဝဝ အထိ ရရန္ ခ်မွတ္ထားေသာ လုပ္ငန္းစဥ္မ်ားလည္း ပါရွိေပသည္။ ဒီစီမံကိန္းအရ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံရဲ႔ လယ္ယာက႑ကို မပစ္ပယ္ပါဘူး။ ဒါေပမယ့္ သီးႏွံတခုတည္းကို အားကိုးေနရ တာမ်ဳိး မဟုတ္ဘဲ စက္မႈဖြံ႔òဖိး ထြန္းကားေရးကိုလည္း လုပ္မယ္။ မွ်တေအာင္ ေဆာင္ရြက္မယ္ ဆိုပါတယ္။

(အဲဒီကာလကလို႕ ေျပာရတာက ခုကာလမ်ားမွာေတာ့ လယ္ေတြလဲ စစ္တပ္ကသိမ္း ခရိုနီေတြကအေျခာင္ႏိႈက္ လယ္လုပ္မဲ့လယ္သမားေတြလဲ ကမၻာအရပ္ရပ္ကို လြင့္ပါးလို႕ လယ္လဲပ်က္ လယ္သမားလူတန္းစားပါေပ်ာက္လုဆဲ ကာလမို႕ပါ။ ) အမွန္တကယ္ ဖြံ႔ၿဖိဳးေသာႏိုင္ငံ ျဖစ္လိုလွ်င္ စက္မႈႏိုင္ငံ ထူေထာင္ရမည္ဟု ဗိုလ္ခ်ဳပ္မႉးႀကီး သန္းေရႊက မိန္႕ခြန္း ေျပာဖူးသည္။ စက္မႈႏိုင္ငံျဖစ္ဖို႕ စက္ရံုလာေဆာက္ရံုနဲ႕ ၿပီးသြားပီထင္တဲ့ ေရႊညဏ္ေတာ္ေၾကာင့္
ျမန္မာ့စြပ္ၾကယ္စက္က ထုတ္တဲ့ ျခင္ေထာင္၀တ္ခဲ့ရတာ က်ေနာ္တို႕သက္တန္း ၅၀တန္းေတြ လက္ေတြ႕ေပါ့။

ျပည္ေတာ္သာ စီမံကိန္းတြင္ စက္မႈစီမံကိန္း လမ္းတံတားစီမံကိန္း ဘက္စံုပါသည္။ (ဘိတ္က ျပည္ေတာ္သာဆိပ္ေက်ာက္တံတားစသည္)
၁၉၅၂ ခုႏွစ္တြင္ ျပည္ေတာ္သာ စီမံကိန္း အျဖစ္ ေရအားလွ်ပ္စစ္ထုတ္ယူရန္ ႀကဳိးစားခဲ့ၾကေသာ္လည္း ျပည္တြင္း စစ္ေၾကာင့္ လုံၿခဳံေရး အေျခအေနအရ ျဖစ္ေျမာက္ေအာင္ျမင္မႈမရွိဘဲ ရပ္ဆုိင္း သြားခဲ့ရသည္။
ယခုစစ္အစိုးရ ၾကံစီေနေသာ နယ္ျခားေစာင့္တပ္ဆိုတာာမ်ိဳးလဲ စီမံကိန္းထဲမွာပါသည္။ တပ္မွအနားယူလာေသာစစ္သားေဟာင္းမိသားစုမ်ား အလုပ္အကို ေနရာအိမ္ေျခစီစဥ္ေပးသည့္အေနႏွင့္ နယ္စပ္တေလ်ာက္ ရြာတည္ ေဒသထြက္ကုန္ထုတ္လုပ္ငန္းႏွင့္ ႏိုင္ငံစည္းရိုးတေလ်ာက္ ကာကြယ္ပီးသား စီမံကိန္းမ်ိဳး ပါ၀င္သည္။
က်ေနာ့အျမင္ ျပည္ေတာ္သာ စီမံကိန္း မေအာင္ျမင္ရျခင္း အေၾကာင္းရင္းတရပ္မွာ အာဏာရ အဖြဲ႔အစည္း အတြင္း ႏို္င္ငံေရး ကြဲျပားမႈမ်ား ျဖစ္ေပၚလာၿပီးေနာက္ အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရး အမႈထမ္း၊ အရာထမ္းမ်ား အတြင္း အက်င့္စာရိတၱ ပ်က္ျပားမႈ၊ လာဘ္စားမႈမ်ားေၾကာင့္ဟု ယူဆသည္။
ျခသတင္းႀကီးလွသျဖင့္ ဦးႏုက (ဘီအက္က္စ္အိုင္) စံုစမ္းစစ္ေဆးေရးဦးစီးဌာနဖြဲ႕ေစပီး စံုစမ္းေစရာ ၆လအတြင္း (၁၉၅၃ ခုႏွစ္ မတ္လ ၁၆ ရက္မွ ၾသဂုတ္လ ၆ ရက္အထိ) စ သံုးးလုံး စာရင္းအရ အမႈၾကီးေပါင္း ၁၁၆ မႈႏွင့္ ပါဝင္သည့္ အမႈထမ္းေပါင္း ၂၂၅ ဦး - ယိုဖိတ္မႈ တန္ဖိုး ေငြေပါင္း ၄၁၆ ၂၄၉ ဝ၇၃ က်ပ္ဟု လာဘ္စားမႈမ်ားကို
ေၾကာက္ခမန္းလိလိ ေတြ႕ရသည္။



“၇၅ႏွစ္ေျမာက္ စိန္ရတု နဂါးနီ”

ျမန္္မာ့လြတ္္လပ္ေရးအေၾကာင္း ေျပာမယ္ဆိုရင္ နဂါးနီိစာအုပ္အသင္္း နဂါးနီိစာေစာင္ နဂါးနီိသီျခင္းးတို႕သည္  ကုိလုိနီ ေခတ္အတြင္းက အမ်ဳိးသား လြတ္ေျမာက္ေရး လႈပ္ရွားမႈႏွင့္ ဆက္စပ္ၿပီး ေပၚေပါက္ခဲ့သည့္ အမွတ္အသားမ်ား ျဖစ္္သည္္။ “နဂါးနီ”ေၾကာင့္ အမ်ဳိးသားေရး လကၡဏာသည္ ပုိ၍ ေပၚလြင္ ထင္ရွား ေစခဲ့သည္။ အမ်ဳိးသားေရး စိတ္ဓါတ္ကို ပ်ိဳးေထာင္ေပးခဲ့သည္။ ထုိစိတ္ဓာတ္ကပင္ အမ်ဳိးသား လြတ္ေျမာက္ေရး လႈပ္ရွားမႈကုိ လြတ္လပ္ေရး ရသည္အထိ ဦးေဆာင္ သြားခဲ့သည္ဟုဆိုႏိုင္ပါသည္။

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အခ်ိန္လြန္ကာႏႈတ္ဆက္ၿပီးမွ ျပည္ဖံုးကားလိုက္ကာၾကားက ေခါင္းျပဴပီး သီခ်င္းလာဆိုတဲ့ ”ၿငိမ္းေစ“  ထာ၀ရျပည္ဖံုးကားကို ၂၀၁၁ ဒီဇင္ဘာလမွာ တကယ္ခ်သြားေပမဲ့

အခ်ိန္လြန္ကာႏႈတ္ဆက္ၿပီးမွ လိုက္ကာမက် မီးမၿငိမ္း ဆိုင္းမရပ္လို႕ အညြန္းမဲ့ဇတ္ကို အတိုင္းမဲ့ကျဖစ္ေနတဲ့ “ကမၻာမေၾက” အရွိန္လြန္ကာဆက္ေလွ်ာက္ေနဆဲပါ။





[Stuff and nonsense – lies] [Wheeler, one who deceives in an endearing way] [Using deceits as scaffolding]

Maung Thar Kyaw

The Statement, dated October 30th, and with the Place mentioned as: Sane Lai Kan Thar, the name of the State Guest House: ‘from 13:00 to 13:55 Daw Aung San Su Kyi [ASSK] came to see Union Minister U Aung Kyi, as she was invited by the Government of the Republic of Myanmar’ was issued.

At the Meeting the discussion dwelled on the situation where ‘the State is providing necessary assistances [meaning Constitution Amendments, for example, I guess]; and, in order to have economic development views on the importance of freedom of trade, and free circulation of currencies were also discussed’. And also, ‘the progress of the State’s undertakings to obtain perpetual peace initiatives with ethnic armed groups and the people that should be included in the amnesty were discussed’. Meetings in the future shall convene is agreed.

Details of the entire Meeting were not disclosed, as usual. This is the fourth time such Meeting had taken place.

After the Third Meeting between the two factions the Statement mentioned that the President was considering Amnesty, to join hands in controlling the flow of the Irrawaddy River, to bring in into legal folds of the people who are undergoing armed rebellion; and peace and rule of law were discussed.

After meeting with Aung Kyi twice ASSK met the President Thein Sein in August in Naypyidor. Soon afterward, over 200 so-called political prisoners were released under Amnesty Order. So-called political prisoner because the Governing clique consistently mentioned there is no political prisoners in Myanmar though there are plenty. There is some truth in the government’s claim that there is no political prisoner because no one was arrested under political issues but rather on criminal charges - for example: currency law, or disturbing public tranquility, etc.

ASSK met with Aung Kyi nine times under the previous military government but there was no substantive result whatsoever came out.

The Government came into existence on January 31, 2011 under the caption of the Government of the Republic of Myanmar with its President elected by the Union Parliament, a former military officer General Thein Sein. Many opinionated this General is a Dove – a soft liner, and his Deputy President Thiha Thura Tin Aung Myint Oo [Shit Loane], another ex-General is a Hawk – a hard liner; all baloney; they all are one liner, i.e. for the prosperity and welfare of the Armed Forces, meaning the top and upper echelon of the Army, under the guise of democracy.

New Guise needs, of course, new format and that new format is what the new government is formatting or formatted by the military junta before the State Power was transferred and implementing it as planned. Whether former SG Than Shwe is pulling the string from behind or is he still involved in day to day affairs are all irrelevant, though his State managed private office near Oatparta Thati Pagoda in Naypyidor is hooked with Online TV honing in onto the proceedings of the Union Parliament. He knows or he is privy to know who is behaving or misbehaving in the Union Parliament but whether he is watching the TV is something yet to be known or playing his favorite games.

The Executive, Judiciary, and Legislature were formed and on March 30th the State Power was transferred; the military junta SPDC was dissolved. The Ministry of Interior had given warnings to NLD Chairman Aung Shwe and Secretary ASSK in the last week of June to stop all its political activities as NLD is no political party according to the Party Registration Law of the Union Election Commission. The Ministry warning emphatically mentioned that NLD’s actions were intentionally motivated against the Law.

On top of that Union Election Commission had warned with a letter dated April 5th to all 37 Registered Political Parties not to communicate with illegal political entities. Presumably, political circles as well as diplomatic community considered the warning was directed towards NDL.

Though the new government’s changing color is visible it is still noticeably unruly. The disregards of public opinions as well as international barrages remain as the hallmark of the Thein Sein’s Administration.

Disregarding its own Ministry’s Order Thein Sein allowed Minister Aung Kyi to parley with ASSK and even invited her to Naypyidor and received her exclusively where all political leaders from the Registered Political Parties are treated shabbily at the same occasion.

The Constitution was amended proposed by the Union Election Commission regarding the Membership where criminals cannot be party members or a political entity cannot register if its members are serving criminals. That phrase has now been erased for the sake of NLD. That amendment had made eased NLD to avoid the issue of abandoning its own jailed members when and if they apply for Party Registration.

The antagonistic political ogres of Burma are, on the visual body politics, in cordial relationship. One is, up to recent past, enjoyed full support of China and now trying its best to veer off to get into the western orbit. The other ogre has, from the very beginning to present, receives consistent and absolute no-matter-what support from the western camp. It has four Radio stations providing overwhelming support in high volume of propaganda just for one person, viz. Radio Free Asia and Voice of America [two US outfits], BBC [British outfit], and Democratic Voice of Burma [EU outfit] beaming into Burma where people are socket in with one line to support, day in and day out, every day. This ogre is the western group’s horse of Burma and Thein Sein Administration wants to ride along with that horse to the winning post. Is consistent propping up necessitate a leader to become an icon? Yes, it is, at least in Burma, it has been proven!

Within a couple of days NLD will decide whether to register and the outcome is quite predictable: ‘if ASSK is promised to contest in the upcoming By-election then NLD will allow to Register by ASSK regardless of party or public opinion’. Does it mean: ‘if she is not allowed to contest in the upcoming By-election’ then NLD will not be permitted to register by ASSK? Quite likely so, as all the past behaviors indicated that: ‘person is superior to policy’, and the ‘party is dispensable’.

So far, there is no knowledge that the outcome of the Aung Kyi-Su Kyi Meeting had agreed whether ASSK will be allowed to contest in the election. If that is the case the amendment of the constitution will be a major issue. At the end of the day, one faction will sure to swallow the other like python. No on

e knows, which one will come out as the python and which one is Mai Dwe Lay.

Maung Thar Kyaw

Taiwan, November 3, 2011.


Burmese society is unique. With extended family system Burmese are laid back, or rather happy go lucky.
Sayar-Dagar relationship, or, the bond between the Sanghas and laymen is deep rooted and has been part of the culture from the time immemorial.
Elderly people spend time at pagodas or the monasteries sharing merits or family gossip, or whatever, and, that is how, unlike the Western society, members of the Burmese society do not need much of psychiatrists’ assistance.
Quiet time, alone, communicating with the Lord Buddha is part and parcel of our heritage we all enjoy tremendously. Visiting pagodas had never needed permission from the authorities.

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Are these happening in Burma!

As long as one enriches him/her-self in the decadences the sky is the limit, as the junta would not bother them, that’s the saying goes in present context of Burma.
Thinzar Win, a Model, could do pretty well on Catwalk and other walks such as Burmanization of Bikini, for example. Just kicked off the blouse and the jeans and leave only bra and the underwear, that becomes Bikini, as simple as that. Look!

Here she is, Thinzar Win, on the right.

Could you still think you are looking at Burmese girls who are posting for this photo in Rangoon? If you think the junta is to be blamed for all decadent aspects, then, your thinking may be inconclusive.

Shwedarling.com, a website for dating and mating prevails in today’s Burma. In 1988 no one could dream that Burma would be at this stage today but it has advanced so fast and so vast.

Infested with nouveau riche in the ngathalau’ economy decadences are abound; instead of tea break at usual hour at or around 4:00 PM now the nouveau riche have new past time at 3:30 PM or so – “Time to squeeze Pau’ Si” at Karaoke bars that are mushrooming through out Burma!

Junta’s policies may have pushed urbanites to that corner but it is just a plain excuse. Getting along by going along is a sin, by all means.

Here is another exhibit to think of!

Moe Hay Ko, another Model, good at Catwalk as well as other walks – bed walk [?] smooching somewhere in the quiet corner!
These girls really have come out of Burmese cocoon – hi ri. u’ ta’ pa. [Shame and fear of sinning] for sure.

Mind you dear reader – the decaying culture of the people is unfathomable, especially the urbanites, the sponsors of such decadences, and, contemplate what reforms would be needed for our beloved country. Mind you, the tiger would never change into vegetarian out of pity for animals!

Salamani Kantchalar!

Burma was under absolute monarchy from 1044 AD until 1885 AD and was under different dynasties. The Monarchs yearned to possess White Elephant; i.e. to claim as the Owner of the White Elephant or Sin Phyu Shin, or, if they have more than one White Elephant, then, Sin Phyu Myarr Shin!

One White Elephant-crazy king even commanded to retrieve a dead elephant floated down the river that had resemblances of White Elephant and kept in his palace and claimed he was the Sin Phuy Shin.

White Elephant is considered to represent the power and glory of the Owner and the White Elephant would appear, according to the myth, only if the Ruler of the country has strong Power and Glory.

Burma has dictators since 1962: viz. Ne Win, Saw Maung, Than Shwe; and, all of them seem to believe that they were the royalty somehow or other. The last dynasty, Koane Baung, ended with His Majesty King Thibaw. The prophecy had it that there would be 13 Koane Baung kings to reign Burma. Thibaw was the 11th and two more kings are yet to reign. Ne Win presumed he was the 12th Koane Baung King! Saw Maung seemed to have believed that he was the reincarnation of King Kyan Sit Tharr of the Pagan Dynasty, and, Than Shwe believes he was the reincarnation of King Thar Lun.

During Thar Lun Than Shwe’s reign, a White Elephant was sited in the jungle of Rakhine State. With pomp and pageantry the White Elephant was brought to Rangoon, the then Nay Pyi Daw and kept in the highly decorated pavilion that befits only to the royalty with special elephant guards, etc., so on and so forth. All the necessary arrangements were carried out by MI and its Chief Lt. Gen. Khin Nyunt who believes he was the reincarnation of Bayint Naung of Taungngoo Dynasty, though he never got to the top most spot of the junta’s ivory tower. The propaganda mill was fanning at high speed that the current rulers of Burma have highly auspicious power and glory so much so that the White Elephant was presented by the Nats [Resplendent being worthy of veneration].

Within a few months after the White Elephant had settled in at the newly built pavilion a Bangladeshi, or, to be more exact, a Chittagonian, or better known in Burma as Khortaw Kalar showed up at the Bangladeshi Embassy in Rangoon, claiming that the elephant at the Pavilion was his elephant that was herded away by the Burmese while grazing in the jungle and requested the Bangladeshi Ambassador to reclaim the elephant from the Burmese junta on his behalf. To cut the story short the Ambassador along with the Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and MI officers went to the Pavilion with the Khortaw Kalar and demanded to prove his claim.

There, Khortaw Kalar stepped out and bellowed: Salamani Kantchalar!

At the very instant the ‘Command’ was heard the White Elephant lifted up his trunk and trumpeted a very loud noise. The ‘Command’ was given for the second time and the White Elephant responded in the same manner again. Then, Khortaw Kalar commanded in more Khortaw words: the White Elephant was under complete spell of commands – sitting, kneeling, etc. Now, the claim was proven to be true and the negotiation was but started. MI ended up paying US $ 100,000.00 from the State coffer as demanded by the Khortaw Kalar for the White Elephant that was supposed to have been presented by the Nats due to the power and glory of the rulers of Burma.

Khortaw did not stop then and there. He added there are four more such elephants in his possession and they were up for sale if the price is right. MI arranged a delegation to accompany the Khortaw to his native village in the no-man’s land between Bangladesh and Burma to inspect the so called White Elephants. There, the delegation found two more White Elephants out of the four and agreed to pay US$ 200,000 a piece.

Burmese delegation could not just take the two elephants away they bought; they need the Khortaw to release the two in the Rakhine jungle for them to herd them back to Burma later as though it was naturally sited. Thus, the usurper royalties of Burma got three White Elephants at a price of US $ 500,000.

Some one got excited regarding the Salamani Kantchalar and traced back how it came into existence! In the anal of Burma there was a time when a Shan Prince by the name of Sao Han Pha, better known as Tho Han Bwa reigned Burma. He was a tyrant by all means; conceited and insolent, and very much anti-Buddhist religion. During his rein many Monks were tortured, killed and extradited to far away places and forced them from learning Buddhist scripture. Tho Han Bwa was the Daman daye [impediment endangering the teachings of Buddha] of his time. Under Tho Han Bwa, some aspects of Buddhist incantations had changed; for example: Buddhan Tharanan Gitsarmi, Dhaman Tharanan Gitsarmi but Sanghan Tharanan was turned into Gunsarmi, and Buddhan Puzaymi, Dhaman Puzaymi, and Sangan had turned into Pu-Jail-mi, just like recent events under Daman daye Thar Lun Than Shwe.

Many Burmese fled to far away places, including Burma-Bangladesh border to fight back Tho Han Bwa and/or other tyrants. There, they deployed Khortaws to attend their elephants. Khortaws were taught to learn ‘Commands’ in Burmese but it was very difficult for the Khortaws to learn the necessary commands for the elephants. By virtue of wits a Burmese gave a ‘battle command or a battle cry’ for the elephants: “Sarr Lho. Ma Nyee Kanazoe Thee”, in rhyme with the actual command. That, Khortaw could learn with not much difficulty. As the time woes on the command Sarr Lho. Ma Nyee Kanazoe Thee had resonance into Salamani Kantchalar!

Ne Win who presumed to be the 12th Koane Baung, Saw Maung who presumed to be the reincarnation of King Kyan Sit Tharr of the Pagan Dynasty, and the cagey sly fox Khin Nyunt who believes he was the reincarnation of Bayint Naung of Taungngoo Dynasty had all but ended badly. Now we have to see how Than Shwe who believes he was the reincarnation of King Thar Lun ended? Is it to believe that those who sit on such chairs excrete such excreta?

As a matter of fact, the real Owner of the White Elephants or the Sin Phyu Myarr Shin actually was the Khortaw Kalar of Bangladesh!

By the way,
All the Usurpers,
Ne Win, Saw Maung, Than Shwe are mere “Suu Yauts”!