It is a well-known fact that Panglong, a small town in the Shan State was the birth-place of the Republic of the Union of Burma (Myanmar). The national leaders of the Hill peoples or the ethnic minorities such as Kachins, Shans, Chins and Kayahs combined their efforts to retain their national aspirations. To attain their cherished goals, they joined their hands together with the more advanced Burmese led by Bogyoke Aung San and his AFPFL Party. In fact, they surrendered some part of their own sovereignty to form a strong central authority (Government) to safe-guard their rights against the British colonial schemes of that time.
Thus, the national unity laboriously forged by the Founding Fathers at Panglong, gave birth to a new nation which was fervently intended to become a genuine Federal Union. But, unfortunately, Bogyoke and his comrades were assassinated and the death of Bogyoke was a great loss for all people of Burma. The course of events proved to become different from the Panglong spirit which aspired for genuine federalism. So, the young generation of the 21st century must study or at least must try to know about the historical developments of the country; that they may somehow prepare themselves as future leaders to remodel or reshape the destiny of the Union in the right direction.
By, Kachin Research Group
The Society for Promotion of Kingdom Value Burma (Myanmar)