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Pantanaw National Day 1929
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16 November 1920 - 1929

Pantanaw National Day 1929

မြန်မာဘာသာဖြင့် ဖတ်ရန်

16 November 1920 is the Myanmar's first "National Day", which marked the student boycott of 1920 against the Rangoon University Act of that year. This is a photograph of "National Day" at the National school in Pantanaw 1929. 23 year old U Nu is on the far right. 20 year old U Thant is standing third from the right. Both were Pantanaw schoolmasters and close friends. The Rangoon University Act was intended to establish a very exclusive Cambridge-Oxford style residential university in Rangoon. Student protests against this was also more generally a protest against the colonial education policies. The protests led to the establishment of a "National College" (which did not last) and "National Schools" such as the one at Pantanaw. This was at time of fast rising Burmese nationalism, quickened by developments in Ireland and especially India. The General Council of Burmese Associations had just been formed and the GCBA in 1921 decided to mark the first anniversary of the student protests as the first "National Day".

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