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Updated: November 16, 2012 02:16 IST

“Mahatma would have disapproved of India’s stand”

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The Chairperson of the National League for Democracy of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, planting a sapling at Parliament House In New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt
The Hindu The Chairperson of the National League for Democracy of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, planting a sapling at Parliament House In New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, on Thursday said that had Mahatma Gandhi been alive he would have been “vocal” about his “disapproval” of India’s stand regarding her country. “I think Mahatma Gandhi would have been very vocal about his disapproval,” the Nobel Peace Prize winner, who was influenced by the Mahatma, told Karan Thapar on CNN-IBN’s Devil’s Advocate programme. “I think he [Mahatma Gandhi] would have stood by us ... he would have insisted that India stand by us because that was the kind of man he was,” she said.

Ms. Suu Kyi said she was “saddened” by India’s stand, particularly because she felt close to India.

While delivering the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial lecture on Wednesday, she had said that she was saddened that India had drawn away from Myanmar in its “most difficult days” and hoped New Delhi would stand by her country and help it achieve democracy.

However, Ms. Suu Kyi on Thursday said that one had to be pragmatic about it because, “I know that government sometimes take a path which is best for their country rather than best for others.”

Asked if she felt betrayed, given her long association in India, the chairperson of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy replied in negative. “No ... No, I never felt like that. I don’t think we have the right to demand loyalty or support from anybody. We have to work for that loyalty and support. I felt saddened by it ... that was all. It did not stay on my mind. There are many other things we have to think about and many quarters from the globe from where we have to try to get support,” she said.

Ready to contest

Ms. Suu Kyi, who has strongly advocated amendments to Myanmar’s constitution for free and fair elections, said she has no hesitation about contesting for the presidency in the next election due in 2015. “I don’t have any hesitations. What is democratic politics about if we don’t try to win for our party and if my party wins, obviously I would like to be the leader of that party which means the leader of that government,” she said.

Ms. Suu Kyi said Myanmar could move towards the “right path of democracy” only with the army’s support. She expressed her desire to see the army “again as the kind of army my father wished it to be.”

“The powers of the army over the civilian government are woven into the Constitution. So it’s only with the willing cooperation of the army that we can move Burma along the right path to democracy without violence,” she said.

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I think Mahatma Gandhi would have strongly disapproved of Aung Saan
Suu Kyi's stand towards the Rohingya persecution. It's like Nero
fiddles while Rome burns. Suu Kyi remains silent and travels around
the world, while the Myanmar military forces backed by the Buddhist
monks, or vice versa, torture, evict, burn and force the Rohingyas
into Bangladesh in thousands. The Myanmar government should face
international criminal tribunals, and Suu Kyi also has to account for
what she is doing. Over the persecution of the Rohingyas, Suu Kyi is
trying her best to award the Myanmar government with foreign trades
and business. Her indifference towards the violations, which the UN
terms as the most severe persecution currently on earth, has surprised
the people around the region, and has raised the question of her intention. She has tarnished her own image and stand of democracy.

from:  Saidur Rahman
Posted on: Nov 16, 2012 at 09:13 IST

India definitely admires and welcomes Suu Kyi!

Everyone here supports her. BUT, surely she knows how much India needs
oil. Her way? India would not be talking to over half the world ruled by
awful regimes and warmongerers. She simply needs to be practical and get
on with today KNOWING India is and was with her: start major cultural/
trade/ educational exchanges. See if borders can be opened. Work out
art/ museum events and represent a united voice worldwide.

from:  bharati
Posted on: Nov 16, 2012 at 09:07 IST

It is indeed so sad that our country no longer champions respects the values that were championed by Bapuji. Our leaders say they are now involved in "realpolitik," may be, but India which once held its head high due to its morality, today bends its back to cater to the vested interests of its politicians and the MNCs.

The struggles of Ang Sang and Irom Sharmila are similar, and the small people who lead the government of our great nation has failed to uphold the great traditions set forth by our founders.

On behalf of my country, Mam, I apologize

from:  Jorebungley
Posted on: Nov 16, 2012 at 07:17 IST
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