Shan National Day Revisited Shan National Day Revisited It was an episode that had happened 45 years ago. To be exact, Tai Youth Organisation, Taunggyi was holding a Shan National Day ceremony at State High School (1). The Shan State Head of State, U Tun Aye and his side-kick U Kyaw Zaw were also present, sitting on the first row waiting patiently for the ceremony to start. At the same time, the Pa-O Youth and In-tha Youth were marching in, in formation, with Shan National flag flut 烤肉食材tering at the head of each column, which numbered somewhere around two hundreds, if not more. By Sai WansaiSaturday, 07 February, 2009Soon, the ceremony master, Sai Phong, Chairman of the Tai Youth Organisation announced the opening of the ceremony and all stood up to pay homage to the Shan National flag, accompanied by Shan National anthem. And in line with the agenda, the Shan State Head of State U Tun Aye was invited to 買房子speak. U Tun Aye, being appointed by the then Burma Socialist Programme Party (BSPP), delivered a speech which pointed out that Shan State Day is a more appropriate one than Shan National Day. His argument was that the "state" encompass all the people within Shan State and "national" was narrow in a sense that it only implied that Shan, which he meant "Tai", was the only ethnic group, which was identified with. His speech was met with a sombr 售屋網e mood and a few hand claps coming out of sheer politeness.Then the Shan State Students Association's (SSSA) general secretary of Rangoon University was invited to speak.As far as I could remember, he started out with the phrase that he was filled with happiness and at the same time, sorrowful for being able to be with his compatriots on this most important day. He said he was moved and happy for the invitation by the Tai Youth Organisation, which he s 酒店經紀aw as a progressive move of the Shan patriotic youth group and also had not forgotten their brethren, the Shan university students, who were pursuing their studies in Rangoon and elsewhere far away from their homestead. At the same time, he said that he was grieved with sorrow to hear the distorting of an important “national day” to mean or change it to “state day”, which was a disservice to the Shan people. For many Shan patriot and nationalist, "state" implies 禮服that it has been given by central authority for administrative purpose and way beyond the level of statehood with national identity, whereas "national" means a statehood with its own historical rights and intact national identity. In other words, a political entity with separate statehood and national identity from time immemorial. It is an accepted fact that Shan national identity encompass all ethnic groups residing with Shan State, although the successive Burmese military regime conti 房屋出租nue to portray and rewrite history, depicting that Shan State don't belong to Shan/Tai alone and it is excluding other ethnic groups within Shan State.Shan nationalists and patriots insist that the Shan joined the Union of Burma on equal basis and is in no way a minority within the Union or given an administrative state by any union or central government.And so, SSSA's general secretary went about telling the crowd that by twisting or altering the important day from "national" to "state" day l 有巢氏房屋abel, it is not doing justice to the long-standing historical fact and its people. He further urged the crowd that it was the duty of all patriots to uphold and protect this legacy by all means.His message had touched the nerve of Shan nationalism and understandably, it was met with a long standing ovation for many minutes, while the Head of State and his entourage sat uneasy and grimly for losing face at this gathering.To cap it, Shan State is still a political entity of its own, with its own national identity 室內設計, although still being occupied by the warmongering Burmese military regime and unable to push them out for the time being.In the same vein, it is heartening to see that Shan State Congress (SSC) and Shan State Co-ordinating Committee (SSCC) are, intentionally or unintentionally, toeing the line of Tai Youth Organisation, which was able to work and share common national identity with Pa-O and In-tha Youth organisations, of the 60s to forge unity, understanding, co-operation and co-ordination among all Shan State ethnic groups.Finally 關鍵字行銷, while we may have made false moves collectively or individually in the past, we can now safely assumed that the majority of our people and the organisations that represent them are united in our goal to strive from a non-state nation to fully fledged nation-state, either within the mould of genuine federalism or total independence, depending on the ever changing value and needs of our people and existing international political configuration of the day. End #….(Sai Wansai is the General Secretary of the exiled Shan Democratic Union - Editor) &nb 關鍵字排名sp;  .


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