A few months ago, I visited the grave of U Thant in Yangon. The memorial to the fourth Secretary-General is sadly neglected - windblown paper rests on the steps to the mausoleum. Although a fence surrounds the site, a policeman guards the grave - presumably to prevent people from gathering there. When U Thant was buried, the students used the occasion of his funeral to demonstrate against the military regime. Since then, the students have been banished to campuses in the countryside and few people come to visit the grave of perhaps the most undervalued Secretary-General.
"Reflections on a forgotten Secretary-General,"
Culture Mandala: The Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies:
1, Article 8.
Available at: http://epublications.bond.edu.au/cm/vol7/iss1/8