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Suu Kyi symbolises Strength

June 1, 2008

Dayanand Edappally
MeriNews (India)
May 30, 2008

PRO-DEMOCRACY champion Aung San Suu Kyi symbolises the spiritual
strength of the people of Myanmar. The military junta, which is
ruling the country, has been doing everything in its power to crush
the feeble female voice that refuses to be silenced by brute force.
For the last 12 years, Suu Kyi has been confined to her house because
the military rulers fear that if she is allowed to travel freely
across the country, she would stir up anti-government protests.

Now in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, the world had been hoping
that the junta would loosen its grip on its adversaries and allow
humanitarian workers to bring succour to the victims of the cyclone.
But the inhuman government machinery utilised the natural calamity to
entrench itself in the seat of power. In this game, Suu Kyis release
became a casualty.

In the countries surrounding Myanmar, an on-going unrest has been
giving sleepless nights to the powers that be while the Myanmarese
people are left with no options to give vent to their ire. While the
Nepal monarch has been effortlessly dethroned in favour of democracy,
and Tibet continues to occupy centre stage in international political
debates, the country on India's eastern border maintains a deathly
silence about its future.

The military authorities of Myanmar have successfully crushed the
voice of democracy and apparently silenced all think tanks in the
matter. The frail figure of Suu Kyi has fought a lonely battle to
restore human dignity and freedom to her people. Because she won the
Nobel Peace Prize and symbolises the aspirations of her countrymen
for a peaceful transition to democracy, the authorities fear
international ostracism if they use violence against her. That is the
only reason why she still survives.

House arrest has been Suu Kyis lot and it is going to remain that way
into the foreseeable future. There is nothing glamorous about this
woman, who is past her prime. But there is a flame of conviction that
burns in her soul, which drives her to sacrifice her life for the
attainment of her goals. It is not fame she is after. It is freedom
freedom of the spirit, freedom to choose, freedom to express oneself
fearlessly.

Suu Kyi has a twin spirit in Mother Teresa, who too had won a Nobel
Peace Prize. Both gave their lives to the causes they espoused.
Mother Teresa loved the poor of Kolkata. Suu Kyi loves the people of
Myanmar. If it takes her life to set them free, she is prepared to
sacrifice it as is evident from her long years under house arrest. Nelson
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