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Date: Fri, 1 Dec 1995 17:21:16 +0000
Subject: Main opposition party in India adopted a policy on Burma support
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Main opposition party in India adopted a policy on Burma supportive 
to Aung San Suu Kyi.

India is the largest democracy in the globe where party politics is 
unique. The dynesty politics has been ahead of opposition during the 
last five decades. But major opposition party or a front has a definite 
role in the parliament. The opposition leader enjoys a rank of the 
Prime Minister. The best opposition can bring a better democractic 
administration.

While the most popular Congress party in India is trying to defend 
its title in upcoming polls in the second quarter of 1996, the BJP is 
gaining a tremendous success in its campaign. Interestingly, the BJP, 
the key opposition party had adopted a foreign policy on Burma which 
is quite dynamic. In the BJP menifesto, on page 6, it says:

"The BJP has viewed with great sympathy the struggle for restoration 
of democracy in Myanmar under the dynamic leadership of Aung San Suu 
Kyi and will extend its  full support to the task of reconciliation 
and reconstruction in that country with which India has a long border 
and age-old ties of religion, culture and history."

Dr. I.P. Singh, ex-embassador to Rangoon and of the External Affairs 
Cell of the BJP said in India no matter what political party is, they 
all have a common policy of Burma that is pro-democracy. "But, he
added, BJP's policy is clear and so cleverly worded". But he is 
not happy with the present Indian policy on Burma and commented 
in an article in the "World Affairs":

"The question that arises in one's mind at this juncture is:   Does the 
above picture of Burma have any impact on the thinking of the 
policy-makers in New Delhi? The answer is:  perhaps not. An indicator 
of this was the strange coincidence that at the Nehru Award ceremony 
for Aung San Suu Kyi at Rashtrapti Bhavan, the to persons who were 
conspicuous by their absence were the ambassador of Myanmar and the 
Prime Minister of India. It is therefore safe to assume that hard 
ground realities do not seem t be guiding the thinking of the foreign 
policy-makers of South Block according to a press report even Chin 
has promised to the Thai defence minister, Chavalit that it will 
cease supporting the build-up of Burmese armed forces. It is high 
time that the mandarins in South Block wake up to the gong from the 
great golden Shwedagon pagoda of Rangoon."

Note: South Bolck stands for External Affairs Ministry.
          Rashtrapati Bhavan stands for President Palace.

Tint Swe