In 1991, Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights. In her acceptance speech, she called for the world to be “FREE OF THE DISPLACED, THE HOMELESS, AND THE HOPELESS.”
Suu Kyi, a student from the Convent of Jesus and Mary School in New Delhi, had graduated in Politics from Lady Shri Ram College. Suu Kyi later obtained a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and an M.A degree in Politics from St Hugh’s College, Oxford. She was also later elected as an Honorary Fellow of St Hugh’s in 1990.
After graduating, she lived in New York City, and worked at the United Nations for three years, primarily on budget matters. Shortly thereafter, she married Michael Vaillancourt Aris, a British historian who wrote and lectured on Bhutanese, Tibetan and Himalayan culture and history. He was the then State Counselor of Myanmar.
Unfortunately, Aris died of prostate cancer on his 53rd birthday in 1999, in Oxford.
After 1989, when his wife was first placed under house arrest, he had seen her only five times, the last of which was for Christmas in 1995, after Suu Kyi had been released for the first time.
Today, Suu Kyi is under attack for not taking a stand against the brutality and wave of terror unleashed on the Rohingya Muslims.
Am not going to details here, but according to UN reports there have been close to 300,000 Rohingya Muslims, who have crossed over to Bangladesh to escape persecution by the MYANMAR ARMY. Furthermore, it is reported that over 1,000 Rohingya people have also been killed.
Oxford Council had bestowed the freedom of the city on her in 1997, when she was being held as a political prisoner by Myanmar’s military junta for her “struggle for democracy.”
Well, what I now find funny is that it is the same Oxford Council that is stripping Aung San Suu Kyi, of the Freedom of Oxford over the Rohingya Muslim crisis. The governing body of St Hugh’s college has also decided to remove the painting of the Nobel laureate from its main entrance. According to Beebs, the council leader, Bob Price, had supported the motion, reportedly calling it an “unprecedented step” for the local authority. They believe that the City’s reputation has been ‘tarnished by honoring those who turn a blind eye to violence.
What I find it even more amusing is that a number of British institutions say they are reviewing or removing honors bestowed on Aung San Suu Kyi during her campaign for democracy.
Little do people realize Beebs (BBC) has a love-hate relationship with Suu Kyi?
Mishal, whom I personally knew as a kid while in the Middle East has blossomed well… Born to an erudite Pakistani Doctor, and an even more charming wife, Shama!
Like the usual story, Tazi Husain and his wife were neighbors in Rawalpindi. They got married and moved to the UK where he specialized to become a Surgeon and later moved on to the Middle East.after getting his FRCS.
Mishal was their progeny and if I remember clearly, she had a brother too. She was there during my time in Middle East, and like all Expat children, did her schooling in the International School. Little did I realize she would go on to become a News Anchor and that too with Beebs. All I remember about her was a shy girl with ponytails and big eyes, laughing off at parties.
Having said that, I am not taking sides here, Mishal is a good presenter and can stand her ground. Adding to Suu Kyi’s misery, the whole issue was just blown out of proportion.
I wish it was some other presenter who had done this… I sometimes shudder to think, if it was Christianne Amanpour.
Anyway, this should not in anyway deviate from our main issue.
For someone who has spent over 15 years in Prison, I think there is something wrong somewhere… Of course, I could always be wrong.
Besides, I have this habit of mouthing myself off in the wrong places.
Aung San Suu Kyi‘s STORY IS ONE OF COURAGE AND DETERMINATION, ESPECIALLY THE WAY SHE TOOK ON THE MIGHT OF THE MILITARY JUNTA FOR RESTORING DEMOCRACY.
Now, that takes a lot of spunk!
She also spend over 15 years in prison… that takes even more guts!
Although in the 1990 general elections, Suu Ki’s party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), witnessed a resounding victory, the MILITARY JUNTA refused to recognize the results.
The military kept Suu Kyi under house arrest for 15 years. In spite of her captive years, she kept fighting for the restoration of democracy and for ensuring the fundamental rights of the people.
In the 2015 general elections, her party once again achieved a landslide victory. This finally forced the military junta to call Suu Kyi to form the government, and consequently ended 50 years of military rule.
Funnily, she was unable to become President because of a constitutional amendment her father had formulated, which debars citizens married to foreigners from taking the Presidential office. Therefore, she now holds the position of the State Counselor, a position akin to a Prime Minister.
Tell me, Rangoonwala… is there not something fishy?
For someone who studied in India, imbibed its culture, went to the UK, and qualified in multiple specialties and worked in the UN…it just isn’t right (personal opinion, you might say)… Married to a English Historian who specialized in Bhutanese, Tibetan and Himalayan culture and history…
And now being blamed for ethnic cleansing…
Ethnic cleansing is something you associate with Hitler, or Heinrich Himmler, or Joseph Goebbels or in the modern day times… Radovan Karadzic, or the Bosnian Serb military commander, General Ratko Mladic….not some lady who spent 15 years in prison.
There is something wrong somewhere.
Besides, this is not surprising given Myanmar’s history with the Military Junta. It had been in power for over 50 years.
They say that Nawaz Sharif is just a puppet in the hands of the Army, and he virtually has little control in the running of the state. Now that is no state secret. I am not saying that it could be a similar scenario in Myanmar, but it is a possibility, and this needs to be sorted out at the earliest.
Isn’t it strange that a Buddhist country have abandoned the teachings of Gautam Buddha, who advocated non-violence, compassion, and brotherhood?
Now they want to strip her off her Nobel Prize as well.
If Suu Kyi fails to act, she will go down in history as an unworthy recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize. She should heed the advice of fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In his open letter to her, he said,
“If the political price of your ascension to the highest office is silence, the price is surely too steep… We pray for you to intervene in the escalating crisis and guide your people back towards the path of righteousness.”
IN THE MEANTIME, THE UN SHOULD PRESSURE MYANMAR’S MILITARY JUNTA TO PUT AN END TO THE KILLING AND FIND A SOLUTION TO RESTORE PEACE IN THE REGION.
I think it would be nice if someone traveled to a neighboring country, Malaysia, and interviewed Mahathir Mohammed and the supposed sodomizer Mr. Anwar Ibrahim. The poor bloke has been serving term for close to 19 years, and for what… Sodomy!
And we are talking here about ethnic cleansing and Suu Kyi!
Mahathir has recently stated that he has no objection to Mr. Anwar Ibrahim being the Premier and will support him in the coming elections. What a joke, after 18 years Malaysia’s Mahathir plans to support Anwar.
Hoo La… what a Backing (pardon the pun)!
The world has truly become a place of hate.
To quote Bob Geldof in a recent interview…and to think that I once admired this bloke (perhaps it could be senility… am still willing to forgive him for his rant!)
Bob Geldof says Aung San Suu Kyi has become ‘one of the great ethnic cleansers‘. I am sick of these leaders. I am sick of Putin. I’m sick of Xi Jinping. I’m sick of Trump. I’m sick of Erdogan. I loathe these people. I despise them. How dare they behave in the manner they behave?
Geldof also took aim at the current problems facing the world and said that the “old traditions have failed us.” “They give us this imbecilic inequality,” he said. “How did we allow it to happen? How is that just? And, how is it human? It is a world without leadership.”
Bobby…you tell us!
He closed by urging the young people in attendance to come up with the ideas that would change the world for the better.
In the end, it’s always the innocent young people, with lack of guile or corruption.
Young guys come up with ideas, so that you can point fingers later.
Can we call that term Rangoonism?