In 1984, Winston was told by a thought criminal that there are two means to maintain persistence of dictatorship. The first is to make the people starve so that they couldn’t have time to think about politics. The second is to deprive the people of education so that the people could have no intellectual capacity to revolt against the government. In an essay that won a prize of my
When I saw Su Su Nway, the winner of the Humphrey prize award in 2006, and her comrades were violently pulled out by thugs of the government in the Hle Dan demonstration this year, I felt that now the barbers were officially given a position in this country. The September Economist Journal showed this violent photo with a heading, “The Charter for thugocracy”. The word thugocracy could be a naïve term in the field of journalism and I wander if Buddha had already used this neologism in deciphering Kosala’s dreams.
I had a very close friend who had the habit of stealing and were somewhat belligerent in behavior. He used to borrow from me some money frequently at the time of my days of
In her “Finding George Orwell in
I remembered my most admirable Burmese author, the editor of the Burma Guardian Newspaper, Shwe U Dawn (the pen name that means the golden peacock), was awarded the National Literature prize because of his translated book of Animal Farm. However, he didn’t directly use the name, Animal Farm for his translated book title. Being so good in abstract things or probably a forerunner for late happenings in Burma, a title that was dreadfully disgusting in nature came out from his instincts, and the title was “The Land of Vampires”.