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Britain's Boris Johnson accused of 'incredible insensitivity' after caught reciting colonial-era poem in Myanmar

Britain's foreign secretary has been caught reciting a colonial poem, which has him being accused of "incredible insensitivity". 

The colourful politician Boris Johnson was at the sacred Buddhist site Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar, when he began reciting Rudyard Kipling's poem, The Road to Mandalay, reported the Guardian. 

Myanmar was colonialised by Britain between 1824 and 1948. 

Andrew Patrick, the UK ambassador to Myanmar told Mr Johnson, "You're on mic, probably not a good idea," as Mr Johnson said, "The wind is in the palm trees and the temple bells they say..". 

"What?" Mr Johnson said. "The Road to Mandalay?"

"No," Mr Patrick said. "Not appropriate."

Mark Farmaner, director of the Burma Campaign UK told the Guardian it showed "an incredible lack of understanding especially now we are seeing the impact of Buddhist nationalism". 

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