a collection of thoughts and writings on Burma
Burma appears to be adopting a new flag, since it last changed in 1974, thirty-three years ago.
According to the New Light of Myanmar,
The Flag is marked with green, yellow and red stripes in a proportionate ratio. On the left end of the green stripe at the top of the Flag is a large white star directing upwards.
- “The Flag is marked with green, yellow and red stripes in a proportionate ratio. On the left end of the green stripe at the top of the Flag is a large white star directing upwards”, 2 Jan 2007
According to the constitutional convention attendees, the color green represents peace, tranquility, and the verdant landscape of Burma, yellow represents solidarity, and red represents valor and decisiveness. The flag currently used was adopted by the Socialist leader of Burma, Ne Win, in 1974. Its cogwheel represents industry, the grains of wheat represent agriculture, and the 14 stars represent the 14 divisions and states in the country. This flag has obviously not overseen radical improvements in industry and agriculture, but the complete opposite, with Burma’s descent in economic terms.
The new flag symbolizes something that may never be achievable in an undemocratic regime controlled by military personnel, anyway. Ceasefires were brokered in the 1990′s between ethnic militias and the junta, but those are rocky. The states and divisions are not cohesive. Perhaps only the red remains true, as the military government is indeed decisive.