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  • The Great Gandhiji
  • The United Nations
  • Till We Meet Again
  • To My Alma Mater

The Great Gandhiji

  • He was born as Mohandas K. Gandhi. 
  • He was an Indian lawyer.
  • He returned from overseas to lead non-violent boycotts.
  • He was subsequently known as Mahatma, Gandhiji and the Apostle of Non-violence. 
  • He was assassinated by a Hindu Extremist, who did not like Gandhi’s tolerance for non-Hindus.
  • The movie “Nine Hours to Rama” did not fare well in the Box Office.
  • The movie “Gandhi” won an Oscar for Ben Kingsley for his portrayal as Gandhi.
  • I wrote a poem for the Centennial of his birthday.
  • The poem was published in the Working People’s Daily (WPD) on October 1, 1969.
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The Great Gandhiji

A man of true principle
With spirit invincible
He sacrificed his pleasures
Faith and freedom were his treasures

No arms did he carry
No threats made him tarry
No torture or prison
Could change his decision

He led all protests
Despite threats and arrests
All races and creeds
Revered his deeds

He could not see his dreams come true
The whole world grieves his loss too
Though he cared not for fame
His name will indeed remain
In history, O Great Gandhiji

The United Nations

My poem “The United Nations” was published in the Forward Magazine on November 1, 1969. The UN Day is celebrated in October.

I received fifteen kyats for my poem.

U Thant served as the 3rd Secretary General of the United Nations. He is the first Asian to be elected UNSG. U Thant succeeded Daj Hammerjold, who perished in a plane crash.

U Thant earlier served as the Permanent Representative of Burma to the UN. He was preceded and succeeded by James Barrington (ICS, RUBC Gold).

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Till We Meet Again

My poem “Till we meet again” was published in the Forward Magazine on December 15, 1969.

I received fifteen kyats for my poem.

Burma was host of SEAP Games for the second time. The first time was in 1961.

Ko Myint Aung won six Gold medals in Gymnastics.

Jimmy Crampton won Gold in 800 m and 1500 m.

Shimbwegan succeeded Mee Tung Naw as the Marathon Champion.

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To My Alma Mater

  • In our younger days, there is a section “Translations from Burmese Modern Poetry” in the Working People’s Daily.
  • I translated a poem “To my alma mater” from Burmese to English for publication in Working People’s Daily (WPD).
  • I received Fifteen Kyats for my translation.
  • Maung Hlaing Phyo is one of my pen names.
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Poem (Translation of Burmese Kabyar) 

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