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Suu Kyi schedules one week in India

Burma’s opposition leader will spend one week touring India, where she will deliver the Jawaharla Nehru Memorial Lecture on Nov. 14.

Suu Kyi speaks about Nehru and Gandhi and Columbia University in New York City.  Photo: Columbia University
Suu Kyi speaks about Nehru and Gandhi and Columbia University in New York City.  Photo: Columbia University 
After nearly a gap of 40 years, she will visit the country where she attended school and lived as a young woman with her mother, Khin Kyi, who was appointed Burma’s ambassador to India in 1960.

Suu Kyi is also expected to travel out of Delhi during her visit but the exact itinerary has not yet been finalized.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh personally invited her to give the lecture when he met her in Rangoon earlier this year. Suu Kyi received the Jawaharlal Nehru award for international understanding in 1992.

Suu Kyi studied at the Convent of Jesus and Mary School in New Delhi and graduated from Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi with a degree in politics in 1964. She continued her education at St Hugh's College, Oxford, earning a BA degree in philosophy, politics and economics in 1969.

In September, while speaking at Columbia University in New York City, Suu Kyi spoke about the influence of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru as among her “greatest sources” of inspiration.

Suu Kyi said Gandhi, civil rights activist Martin Luther King and her father and “political mentor” Aung San were all men of principles, and she read works by them to keep herself disciplined when she was placed under house arrest by her country’s military dictators.

 “Gandhi is somebody really phenomenal. I think you must all read his works, the more you read Gandhi, the more impressed you are by who he was and what he was,” Suu Kyi told the students.

“You must remember that change through nonviolent means was not ever thought of before Gandhi. He was the one who started it, he was the one who decided that it is possible to bring about revolutionary change without violence,” she said.

Suu Kyi said she “felt a little bit closer” to Nehru since she had a similar education as he had, having been educated in London.

Nehru had also been a personal friend of her father’s and given the Indian independence movement had taken place around the same time as the Burmese movement for freedom, there were “very close links” between the leaders of the two countries, she said.
Last Updated ( Friday, 19 October 2012 15:25 )  

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