Sunday, October 14th, 2007


WHEN ARGUING for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council or assuring the Bush administration that India can be trusted with American nuclear technology – even though it has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty – Indian officials recite the mantra that India is the world’s biggest democracy. But India’s shameful collaboration with the military junta in Burma that has been arresting and killing Buddhist monks and civilian protesters raises a serious question: Is India betraying its democratic values for the sake of its great-power ambitions?

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Burma’s defiant military junta captured a leading ­dissident who had been on the run for weeks as its official mouthpiece warned “national traitors will soon meet their tragic ends”.
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