Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Letter to the Editor: Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar's Rohinga Muslims' plight

November 15, 2012

Letter to the Editor:

RE : Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar's Rohinga Muslims' plight

Two persons died in police firing on a rally protesting against the Burmese Government genocidal ethnic cleansing campaign that killed and displaced hundreds and thousands of Rohinga Muslims. Now that Myanmar's opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is in India and meeting External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, India as a neighbour and signatory of International Human Rights covenants, should raise the matter with her and seek urgent remedial, rehabilitation actions to remedy the situation in Myanmar, through her intervention. India has a duty to raise Human Rights issues with friendly neighbouring countries to amicably solve the problem now engaging world attention and condemnation. Aung San Suu Kyi should not forget how the world stood for her for decades, in her fight for her personal human rights. She owes it to the world and to her own people, to give human rights the first and foremost priority, in her quest to seek world approval of her country joining the free and democratic international community.

Ghulam Muhammed,
IDRAAK, Mumbai



Suu Kyi to meet Salman Khurshid today

Last Updated: Thursday, November 15, 2012, 09:53

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Myanmar's opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi will meet External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Thursday, on day 3 of her visit to India.

On Wednesday, the pro-democracy leader Kyi on Wednesday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and discussed the process of national reconciliation and democratisation in her country.

She also noted that while New Delhi had once "drawn away" from the struggle for democracy in Myanmar, she hoped that India will now stand by her in "the last difficult phase" ahead.

Suu Kyi’s six-day visit to India, where she studied, is her first visit to the country in a quarter century.

India has rolled out the red carpet for Myanmar's pro-democracy icon - part of diplomatic outreach to build across-the-spectrum linkages with the energy-rich Southeast Asian country which has embraced democratic reforms after decades of the all-powerful junta rule.

On Friday, Suu Kyi will visit the Lady Shriram College, or LSR, as the college is known, to meet the principal, students and faculty.

"The college will felicitate her and try to make her feel good and nostalgic," Veena Ravikumar, an associate professor at the LSR's political science department, said.

"She will meet final year students of the political science department. We will present a little programme," she added.

"Two of my students will interview her for the department journal," she added.

One of Suu Kyi's cloest friends from her younger days, Malavika Karlekar, has described the Myanmar leader as a "quiet, obedient girl with a great flair for creating writing".

She lived with her mother Aung San or Daw Khin Kyi as she was known on 24, Akbar Road, which is now the Congress party headquarters.

Her mother had been named the ambassador to India and Nepal in 1960.

The young woman, who later battled the Myanmar military junta, did her schooling here at the Convent of Jesus and Mary before joining LSR, one of Delhi's most reputed colleges.

For higher education, she moved to St Hugh's College at Oxford. She was also a Fellow for two years at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla. Over the years, she came to be influenced by Mahatma Gandhi and Buddhist thoughts.

(With IANS inputs)

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