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Burmese Way to Socialism in the Context of Manipur

Once a grand plan, the Burmese Way to Socialism promised a better life for our neighbours but it died a natural death because it was too ill-conceived; however, even after nearly three decades of its extinction, it offers some perspective into the ongoing armed conflicts in its neighbouring areas, most notably in Manipur



The former Revolutionary Council of Burma made the framework of the Burmese Way to Socialism after establishing the Burma Socialist Programme Party (BSPP) in 1962. In the introduction of this economic treatise that heralds socialism in ‘Burmese ways’ it is mentioned under ‘Our Beliefs’ that:

The Revolutionary Council of the Union of Burma does not believe that man will be set free from social evils as long as pernicious economic systems exist in which man exploits man and lives on the fat of such appropriation. The Council believes it to be possible only when exploitation of man by man is brought to an end and a socialist economy based on justice is established; only …

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