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India on Myanmar coup: We believe rule of law and democratic process must be upheld | India News


NEW DELHI: Myanmar slipped back into military rule on Monday, when the Tatmadaw or the military wrested control of government, detained political leaders including state councillor, Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint.
Reacting to the early morning events, India expressed “deep concern”. “India has always been steadfast in its support to the process of democratic transition in Myanmar. We believe that the rule of law and the democratic process must be upheld. We are monitoring the situation closely,” said an MEA statement.
India, like China, refrained from outright condemnation of the developments. China said it had “noted” the developments and hoped for “stability” under the Constitution. India has deep security and developmental stakes in Myanmar. So it has believed for some time that New Delhi would have to work with all shades of the political spectrum there.
Western governments have roundly condemned the military action, demanding the immediate release of the political leaders. Myanmar has already been under western sanctions on the Rohingya question.
India did not subscribe to sanctions earlier and is unlikely to do so now since New Delhi does not believe they actually solve any problems.
In fact, India and China will be on the same side if the Myanmar issue comes up for discussion in the UN Security Council. India joined the UNSC as a non-permanent member in January.
The coup was not entirely unexpected. Diplomatic sources have been apprehensive of this after the military and their party, USDP, challenged the results of the November 2020 elections where the NLD under Aung San Suu Kyi secured a sweeping victory.
Remarks by the military commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing further intensified these fears, leading many western governments to issue cautionary statements. He was quoted as saying, “The Constitution is the mother law. We have to follow the Constitution. If the law is not obeyed, we must abolish it. Even if it is the Constitution, we must abolish it,” the military chief told trainee officers.
However, the most recent statement by the military junta says they would impose emergency in Myanmar for a year and hold elections afterwards.



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