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Religious fervour prevents a secular Myanmar state

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  • Writer: Nehginpao Kipgen
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Like many other countries around the world, Myanmar is a multi-religious state. But religion has been a sensitive issue since its parliamentary democracy of the late 1940s until today. 

Religion has been a source of division in Myanmar society. Religious favouritism was practised during the decades of military rule. One could not be promoted as a high-ranking military officer unless he converted to Buddhism.

As the democratisation process continues, the different branches of government _ legislature, executive and judiciary _ need to take judicious steps to prevent history from repeating itself.

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