|Images: Benoît Cros|
The fighting peacock is flying over Rangoon. As Burma goes to the polls for its first election with the participation of the National League for Democracy (NLD) since 1990, the party’s symbol is everywhere in Burma’s former capital. Hundreds of cars have been transporting NLD supporters through the streets of the city. Dressed in white shirts and the traditional longyi, the majority are young people, their faces covered with NLD stickers, singing the party song: ‘Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is back, the time has come, we must win.’ The people on the streets applaud them, and even some prisoners being transported in a police van join in the fervour. ‘22 years later, our time has come. I’m confident we will win this election,’ says enthusiastic 77-year-old U Htun Oo, one of the veteran NLD members who contested and won the 1990 polls before the military regime decided to cancel them.
Romila Thapar addresses invitees at the
Southasian relaunch of Himal Southasian,
IIC, New Delhi, January 2013.
China, Southasia and India
On May 19 2013, newly appointed Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in New Delhi for a series of meetings with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The visit is Keqiang's first outside of China since assuming power in March.
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