The event was a review of two reports, ‘Pushed to the Brink’ and ‘All You Can Do is Pray’ published by Kachin Women’s Association Thailand and Human Rights Watch, respectively. CS Kuppuswamy reviewed the report, ‘Pushed to the Brink,’ which is a compilation and assessment of recent developments in the Kachin conflict aiming to propose policy recommendations to bring the crisis to an end. He highlighted the gravity of the situation by emphasising on the pitiful conditions on the ground with human trafficking becoming a cause of growing concern.
Rita Manchanda deconstructed ‘All You Can Do is Pray’ to highlight the human rights abuses, internal displacement, mass violence, political apathy, and the ethno-religious complexity that have underlined and exacerbated the Rohingya issue. She emphasised the need to amend the 1982 Citizenship Law to recognise the Rohingya with political acceptance and action to address the problem. Jayadeva Ranade made a special intervention on the role, responses, and interests of China in Myanmar, especially with respect to the Kachin conflict. He discussed China’s perception of its interests in Myanmar vis-à-vis its energy and natural resources requirements.
The event also marked the release of eight issue briefs on Myanmar published by the Institute in 2013 as part of The Myanmar Project by its president, Amb Salman Haidar. The project is the special focus of the Institute’s Southeast Asia Research Programme, with substantial analyses and discussions being carried out on the democratic reforms and reconciliation process, internal ethnic unrest, geopolitical motivations, and India-Myanmar relations.