Suu Kyi and Hopes for a New Burma
Suu Kyi, daughter of a Burmese independence hero, has never been indifferent to the goings on in Burma. She is one of the most potent symbols of peaceful resistance to an oppressive regime.
Chair for the National league for Democracy, Burma, she became one of the world’s best known prisoners after years in jail and house arrest. Suu Kyi became involved in the struggle to replace the military junta 25 years ago.
The Buddhist faith brought a sense of inner freedom during her captivity and Suu Kyi has said that the concept of ‘Loving Kindness’ should govern Burma’s transition to democracy. This lady favours reconciliation rather than revenge.
“I could not as my father’s daughter remain indifferent to all that was going on.”
There is great hope in the country and far further afield that Suu Kyi will lead a democratic Burma after the elections planned for 2015.