Under the headline “Burma: Complicated issue for Indian intellect”, Mizzima is carrying a lengthy report on a Burma-related academic conference recently held at northeast India’s Manipur University. Some extracts follow:

Manipur University reverberated for two whole days with Burma her land and people. The echo still lingers in this new central varsity as the two-day Asian seminar on ‘The Land and People of Myanmar (Burma)’ concluded in the senate hall, Canchipur campus on December 7 evening.

The seminar’s effort was to recall Burma’s geography, history, culture and people’s discontent as well as different aspects of the country and life in this new era.

Almost all the speakers among the resource persons who attended the seminar felt that though Burma is in the immediate neighbourhood of India, most Indians along the Indo-Burma border have little knowledge about their neighbours.
They were also of the opinion that Burma is the most complicated of countries among south Asian nations.

Like always, the full report is well worth a look.