Thursday, 20 December 2012

AUNG SAN SUU KYI

AUNG SAN SUU KYI 

        Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is the Nobel peace prize winner pro-democracy activist of Myanmar.
        Her father was General Aung San who achieved independence of his country from the British in 1947. But he was assassinated by his rivals. Her mother was a well-known diplomat of Myanmar, Khin Kyi. Aung San Suu Kyi went to London for higher studies and completed her education at Oxford and the school of Oriental and African studies. In England she married Michael Aris and they had two sons.
In 1988 she returned to her country to look after her ailing mother. At that time Myanmar was facing political unrest. There were agitations for the democratization of the country. But the mass movement was suppressed by violent military actions.
            Aung San Suu Kyi decided to fight for the democracy. She deeply believes in the non-violent ways shown by Mahatma Gandhi. Along with the like-minded people, in September 1988 she founded National League for Democracy. In 1989 she was put under house arrest.
            Her party won the 1990 General Elections, yet the military continued in the power. There were protests even on the international levels. She was awarded the Sakharov prize in 1990. Then in 1991 she was honoured with the Nobel Peace Prize. She used the prize money for the welfare oh the people of her country.
           In 1997 her husband Suffered from cancer, but he was not given visa in Myanmar. Aung San Suu kyi was told that if she left for England, she wouldn’t be allowed to enter again. Thus she could not meet her husband even when he died.
           In 2002 she was released from the house arrest, but in May 2003, there was an attack on her and her supporters were injured. She escaped, but was arrested later and kept at the Insein Prison in Rangoon. In September 2003 she had to undergo a surgery and after that she was released from the prison, but kept under house arrest.
           There were repeated protests from the countries all over the world. Powerful nations like United States of America tried to put diplomatic pressure, still the fighter for freedom is under house arrest.
Myanmar's iconic pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi 

Myanmar's iconic pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi 

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