In his former work, Burma in the Family oj Nations, Dr. Maung Maung has already gained an international reputation as a student of public affairs in Burma; in this new book he earns fresh laurels. It is mainly in two parts. In Part I he traces the genesis of the Constitution and in Part II he explains it. The first part outlines the constitutional progress of Burma under British rule, the changes under Dr. Ba Maw during the Japanese occupation, and further developments until the attainment of independence by the Anti Fascist People's Freedom League. Nowhere else can one find such a clear and comprehensive account of the political evolution of Burma since 1931, doubly significant by the Saya San rebellion and the birth of the Thakin movement; its value is enhanced by the reproduction of three documents not otherwise readily accessible: the interim Constitution under the Japanese; the Panglong Agreement, in which the Hill Peoples undertook to co-operate in framing the Constitution for the Union of Burma; and the original draft Constitution which the AFPFL published in May 1947 for consideration by the Constituent Assembly.
|Edition description:||Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1961|
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Table of ContentsI. The Story of the Constitution.- I. Annexation and British Rule.- 1. Death of a Dynasty.- 2. Pacification.- 3. Education and Ideas.- 4. YMBA enters Politics.- 5. The GCBA.- 6. Dyarchy.- 7. The’ saya San’ Rebellion.- 8. Separation from India.- 9. The Government of Burma Act.- 10. Young Heralds of a New Age.- 11. The ‘Year of Revolution’.- 12. The Coming of War.- II. War and Japanese Occupation.- 1. The Burma Independence Army.- 2. Military Administration.- 3. ‘Independence’.- 4. Resistance.- III. Liberation and Fulfilment.- 1. Return to Rangoon.- 2. Aung San and the AFPFL.- 3. The Rise of Hope.- 4. Drafting the Constitution.- 5. Fulfilment.- II. The Constitution at Work.- I. Form of State.- The Choice of Democracy.- II. Fundamental Rights.- 1. Citizenship.- 2. Equality and Freedom.- 3. Religious Freedom.- 4. Economic Rights.- 5. Constitutional Remedies.- III. Peasants and Workers.- 1. Land Nationalization.- 2. Workers.- IV. Directive Principles of State Policy.- 1. ‘Pyidawtha’.- 2. Economic Planning.- 3. Science and Culture.- V. The President.- 1. The First Citizen.- 2. Powers and Privileges.- VI. Parliament.- 1. The Popular Will.- 2. Law-making.- 3. Powers and Privileges.- VII. The Union Government.- 1. Political Parties.- 2. Legal Structure.- 3. The Attorney-General.- 4. The Auditor-General.- 5. The Services.- 6. The Defence Services.- VIII. The Union Judiciary.- 1. Independence of the Judiciary.- 2. Organization and Functions.- IX. The States.- 1. The Choice of Federation.- 2. The Shan State.- 3. The Kachin State.- 4. The Karen State.- 5. The Kayah State.- 6. The Chin Special Division.- X. Amendment of the Constitution.- 7. New States.- 8. Secession.- XI. International Relations.- 1. The Ideal.- 2. The Law.- 3. The Practice.- XII. General Provisions.- 1. The National Flag.- 2. Official Language.- 3. Foreign Capital.- 4. The Public Service Commission.- 5. Interpretation.- XIII. Transitory Provisions.- 1. State Succession.- 2. Provisional Matters.- XIV. End of an Era.- 1. The Break-Up of the AFPFL.- 2. General Ne Win’s Government.- Appendices.- I. Opinion of the Law Officers of the Crown on annexation of Burma.- II. The constitution of Burma under Japanese occupation.- III. The Panglong Agreement, 1947.- IV. Draft constitution approved by the AFPFL convention, May 1947.- V. Members of the constitution drafting committees, and staff, Constituent Assembly, June-September 1947.- VI. Prime Minister U Nu’s motion in the Constituent Assembly to adopt the constitution, September 24, 1947.- VII. The Constitution of the Union of Burma, with amendments.- VIII. The Constitution Amendment Act, 1951.- IX. The Constitution Amendment Act, 1961.- X. Boundary Treaty between Burma and China, October 1, 1960.- XI. Chronology of Events.