Burma’s Independence Day

Press Statement
Sean McCormack, Spokesman

Washington, DC
January 2, 2009

Burma’s Independence Day

Sunday, January 4, 2009 marks the 61st anniversary of Burma’s independence from British rule. We wish to express our warmest wishes to the people of Burma on this occasion. As we reflect on Burma’s independence struggle, led by General Aung San, we are reminded of our own history.

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19th. July Martyrs’ day, General Aung San (Video)

19th. July Martyrs’ day, General Aung San (Video)

19th July Martyrs Day

19th July Martyrs Day

Azarni day or Martyr’s Day is held on 19th July annually in Burma/Myanmar. It is held to mark the assassination of its founding father and independence leader along with his cabinet on this day in 1947 at 10:37 AM. This year marks the 59th anniversary of this martyrs’ day. Assassinated cabinet members were General Aung San, U Razak, Mai Pun Saw-Bwar Gyi Sao San Tun, Mann Ba Khaing,Takhin Mya,  U Ba Win (Elder brother of Aung San), and Dedoke U Ba Cho, Ministry secretary U Ohn Maung and body guard of U Razak, Ye Baw Ko Twe also died at this incident.

They were gunned down by power-mad men and believers of the rule of might. It was an event that has not been forgotten to date. The people are still sorrowing, bleeding and weeping over similar events till this day is ironically perpetrated by the Myanmar Tatmadaw, which is originally supposed to protect the people from all the dangers. 

Usually top government officials, foreign diplomats, local dignitaries and families of the eight comrades assassinated along with Aung San laid wreaths in a solemn ceremony. But nowadays, Myanmar/Burma’s annual commemoration is downgraded to be attended by one minister and without his daughter, imprisoned opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

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General Aung San’s speech: What is politics?

What is politics?

Some of us have been going still, consciously or unconsciously, about the same old way of “dirty” politics.

But is politics really “dirty”?

  • Certainly not.
  • It is not politics which is dirty,
  • but rather the persons who choose to dirty it are dirty.

And what is politics?

  • Is it something too high above us to which we can just look up in respectful awe and from which we refrain, because we are just mortal clay in His hands and cannot do it?
  • Is it, as some charlatans, roaming occasionally about in distant nooks of our country, used to prey upon the credulous imagination of some of our people, the kind of thing capable of being set aright only by fanciful tales and legends?
  • Is it a dangerous ground which we must be wary to tread and might as well avoid, if we possibly could?
  • Is it just a question of “race, religion and language” forever, as we were once wont to say?

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Renaissance of the Aung San’s speeches (English)

Renaissance of the Aung San’s speeches

 We decided to reprint our beloved Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s father, General Aung San’s speeches because even the sight in written words or the voice of uttering his name “Aung San” bring back the tender memories in most of our Burmese hearts and minds and could remind us his farsighted, wise politically correct ideas and awakens the political consciousness. Although he died young; his thoughts, beliefs and advises were far advanced and even better than most of the Burmese leaders and Military Junta Generals.

People remember what he stood for: honesty and hard work, unity and discipline, and such homely virtues they talk of these as the ‘Aung San way’, the way they must, or should try to follow.

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General Aung San (Song Re-edited version)

New curriculum excludes general Aung San

Jun 26, 2008 (DVB)–The military regime in Burma has removed a speech and writings by the late independence hero general Aung San and peace architect Thakhin Kodaw Hmaing from this year’s basic high school curriculum. 

‘People’s Assembly’, an excerpt from a speech by general Aung San, and ‘The elders and the young’ and ‘When Thabyay sprouts’, an essay and a poem written by Thakhin Kodaw Hmaing, will no longer be studied on the 10th standard curriculum this academic year.


A Rangoon high school student told DVB that teachers had not explained to students why these texts had been taken out.

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