Author: Hein Htet Kyaw

The Khomeinis of Burmese Theravada Buddhism: Buddhist monks, Military Junta & Political Buddhism

Myanmar has been in turmoil for eighteen months since the military overthrew a democratically elected government in February 2021. During these eighteen months, people in Myanmar have lost their houses, dreams, loved ones, and belongings. In response to the war crimes committed by the military junta and their reactionary fascism, people all over Myanmar have decided to take up arms against the cou...

Sex, Race, Religion, & Class in Myanmar

Myanmar’s military had been terrorizing its people since 1962. In 1962, there was a student uprising against the military coup. As a result, the whole student union building of Yangon University, the largest and oldest university in Myanmar, was blown up, and the students who tried to escape the bombing were shot. This is just one example of the many incidents. I hope the readers can imagine the c...

Anti-Colonial Legacy of Burmese Buddhist Monks: from Revolutionaries to Reactionary Ultranationalists

Myanmar, a country well known for its famous ancient Buddhist temples and pagodas, popular for its vipassana meditation practices, has a rich culture distinctly influenced by Buddhism. That said, it’s inevitable that Buddhist monks, who are responsible for missionary purposes, play a vital role in shaping that culture. Role of Buddhism in Burmese history The involvement of Buddhist monks in shapin...

Burmese Atheists struggle against Buddhist fundamentalism

It has been over a year that Myanmar is under the totalitarian regime of the Burmese military. This is something most international media wrote. The reality is that for over 7 decades we had been under the totalitarian regime of the Burmese military except for the recent 5 years governed by the National Democratic League. Burmese people generally are too busy with their daily struggles. Most of th...