Subir Bhaumik, the eminent journalist and academic researcher speaks about the 2020 Military takeover in Myanmar. ‘Myanmar- Back to square One’ is about the third military takeover in Burma, on the day the newly elected parliament was to convene. Bhaumik explains why the Burmese military moved to wrest power immediately after Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD party won a landslide victory for the second time in 5 years. He also highlights future scenarios for Myanmar and how the latest developments there impact India. Subir Bhaumik has been the East India Correspondent of the BBC World Service for the last 15 years. He has reported on North East India and the countries around it for three decades since his previous assignments with Press Trust of India, Ananda Bazar Patrika and Reuters News Agency. As a journalist he has broken some of the biggest stories in North East India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and the Himalayan countries of Nepal and Bhutan.
He was Queen Elizabeth House Fellow in Oxford University (1989–90), during which he completed his first book Insurgent Crossfire (published by Lancers in 1996). He has been a Fellow at Frankfurt University and done projects with prestigious institutions like the East-West Center, Washington. He has presented nearly 40 papers in seminars at home and abroad and written more than 25 articles for volumes edited by leading scholars (some published by SAGE India) like Partha Chatterjee, Ranabir Sammadar, Robert Wirshing, Sanjib Baruah, Samir Das and Jaideep Saikia. He is also a popular TV anchor, a corporate risk analyst and a media trainer. He is the Working President of the Guwahati-based North East Policy Alternatives and a Founder-member of the independent think tank, the Calcutta Research Group.