Myanmar’s best known monk named Thidagu Abbot Nya Neik Tha Ya delivers the most ill-informed, ignorant and racist speech on religion and conflicts in Burma and around the world.
His speech addressed to the visiting US delegation specializing in freedom of religion touched on the history of religions,pre-colonial India, colonial era migration, post-colonial Mujahideen uprising in Burma, Rohingya affairs & ethnic conflicts in the military-ruled Myanmar.
Compare, for instance, the portrayal of Muslim India by this racist, ignorant – but highly popular and respected – monk with Amartya Sen’s well-researched discussion of Muslim India – tolerant, liberal and intellectual Islamic rule.
Another glaring example of Thidagu’s ignorance: He discussed Southern Philippines without understanding the 400 years of history behind Christian conquest of the originally Muslim islands. Similar ignorance is on display when he discussed Southern Thailand – without understanding the colonial era deals between the Kingdom of Siam and the British, the history of Malay ethnic Sultanates, etc.
Nya Neik Tha Ya is also a mentor and protector of self-style “Buddhist bin Laden”, the hate-monger in Wirathu who has declared his intention to ‘starve the Muslims of Myanmar and eradicate them from the land’ in Mandalay at a Sangha Congregation as early as 2002. x
Most disturbingly, many on-line netizens of today’s Myanmar gave him a thunderous round of applause. (See the comments below the posted speech of Thi Da Gu).
Here is an except relevant to the Rohingya persecution.
(Compare his revisionist/distorted history of Mujahideen uprisings with speeches by General Aung Gyi, deputy chief of staff of Burmas Armed Forces in 1960 – and Prime Minister U Nu, particularly on Burma’s policy of religious freedom and fairness, both delivered at the time of the Muslim separatist movement in the 1950’s).
ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္တစ္ခြင္မွာ အဂၤလိပ္အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ခဲ့တဲ့ အႏွစ္တစ္ရာနီးပါးမွ်ကာလပတ္လုံး ဥေပဒမဲ့ ၀င္ေရာက္ေနထိုင္ခဲ့ၾကတဲ့ ဘဂၤါလီေတြဟာ (၁၉၄၈-၄၉) ခုႏွစ္မ်ားမွာ မူဂ်ာဟစ္အမည္နဲ႔ သူပုန္ထျပီးေတာ့ ျပည္နယ္ေတာင္းခဲ့ၾကတယ္။ Musulim State ထူေထာင္ဖို႔ ၾကိဳးစားခဲ့ၾကတယ္။ အဲဒီအစၥလာမ္းမစ္ မူဂ်ာဟစ္သူပုန္ေတြကို ဗမာ့တပ္မေတာ္ဟာ အၾကိတ္အနယ္ တိုက္ခိုက္ခဲ့ရဖူးပါတယ္။ ဒီကေန႔ေတာ့ သူတို႔ဟာ ဘဂၤါလီလို႔လည္းမေျပာဘူး။ မူဂ်ာဟစ္လို႔လည္း မေျပာဘူး။ ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာလို႔ ေၾကညာျပီးေတာ့ သူတို႔ကိုယ္တိုင္ သူတို႔အိမ္ေတြကို မီးရႈိ႕ျပီးေတာ့ သူပုန္ထဖို႔၊ သီးျခားနယ္ေျမေတာင္းဖို႔ ၾကိဳးစားေနၾကပါတယ္။
See the entire speech here: