Aung San Suu Kyi's India visit: Killing softly with her words

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    Aung San Suu Kyi’s India visit: Killing softly with her words | India Insight
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    Myanmar's pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi's trip to India last week was more than a homecoming of sorts toa country where she went to school and college, and which shaped her political beliefs. It was also about repairing ties frayed by New Delhi's abrupt decision in the mid-1990s to engage with the military junta in Yangon after decades of support for her campaign. Sheended up reminding the world's largest democracy of how far it had strayed away from the ideals of the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, in the pursuit of realpolitik.
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    For a country which has prided itself on something bordering on "Indian exceptionalism", and fighting for equality and non-discriminatory policies onthe global stage as well as the voice of the downtrodden in the initial decades since it won independence in 1947, the gentle admonishment from Suu Kyi must have rankled. Gandhi wouldn’t have countenanced such a policy shift towards a military regimethat brutalised its own people,she said, whatever the compulsions. It's one thing to be pilloried by your own people and an unrestrained press about the rot that has set deep into Gandhi's India; it is another for a foreigner to be telling a proud democracy that it wasn't living up to its own legacy.
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