I feel partly a citizen of India: Suu Kyi

Myanmar needs India’s help in its progression towards democracy, says Suu Kyi
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First Published: Fri, Nov 16 2012. 01 39 PM IST
Nobel Peace Laureate and Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi (centre) along with Shashi Tharoor (left) and principal of Lady Sri Ram College Meenakshi Gopinath (right) during her visit to the college in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: AFP
Nobel Peace Laureate and Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi (centre) along with Shashi Tharoor (left) and principal of Lady Sri Ram College Meenakshi Gopinath (right) during her visit to the college in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: AFP
New Delhi: “I feel myself partly a citizen of India—a citizen of love and honour,” said Nobel Peace Laureate and Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, while describing her “friendship” with India and its people.
Addressing a packed gathering of students and teachers at her alma mater Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi, Suu Kyi reminisced her formative years in the prestigious institution and said she never felt “far away” from India. “I always knew I would come back to this hall where I had learned to sing one of Gandhi’s favourite songs—Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram,” she said. Suu Kyi did her graduation with a degree in politics from Lady Sri Ram College in the early 1960s.
“Coming back to LSR (Lady Sri Ram) is not just coming back home, it is coming back to a place where I know my aspirations have not been wrong,” said Suu Kyi, who has been waging a campaign for democracy in Myanmar for decades.
Talking about her vision for a democratic Myanmar, she said the country needs India’s help in its progression towards democracy. “We need you to help us in our progression towards democracy. We are trying to achieve democracy. In our endeavour, we need you, we need your help,” Suu Kyi said.
Asking students not to compromise on their “principles”, she termed “unprincipled politics” as one of the most dangerous things in the world.
67-year-old Suu Kyi had last visited India in 1987.
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