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U Nu's liberal democracy and Buddhist communalism in modern Burma

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Publication date15/03/2016
Host publicationBuddhism and the political process
EditorsHiroko Kawanami
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781137574008
ISBN (Print)9781349847471
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The chapter examines whether the religious and communal ideals pursued by Buddhist monks and liberal democratic policies implemented by Prime Minister U Nu during the period of democratization in the 1950s and 60s Burma were ever compatible, and engages with some of the socio-religious issues that continue to generate tension in a country currently undergoing major political reform.