India no inspiration for democracy: Suu Kyi

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  1. ajtr

    ajtr Veteran Member Veteran Member

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    India no inspiration for democracy, says Suu Kyi

    New Delhi will need more than one prime ministerial visit to restore its image among pro-democracy activists in Myanmar. It is no secret that many in the National League for Democracy, the political movement headed by Aung San Suu Kyi, see India’s past policy as opportunistic if not amoral.


    Suu Kyi has been diplomatic in her public statements, but her expressions of “disappointment” with India are almost inevitable, given the inspiration she has drawn from India’s intellectual tradition.

    The obvious influences are Mahatma Gandhi for nonviolence and Jawaharlal Nehru for his closeness to her father, Aung San. But Suu Kyi, who lived in New Delhi for many years and studied at Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi, also found inspiration in Indian thinkers like Rabindranath Tagore and Rammohun Roy.

    She once said that Tagore’s poem Ekla Chalo Rey (Walk Alone) “taught me my most precious lesson” during her long years of house arrest. This helped hold up her commitment to a cause that often seemed hopeless and which was scarred by the loss of many friends and colleagues.

    The impact was not just cerebral. Her most recent biographer, Peter Popham, says Suu Kyi also learnt the Indian way of “passionate, long-winded and often ferocious discussion.” This “became part of her character — one that was to cause her endless trouble … back in the far more protocol-heavy atmosphere of Burma”.

    Ex-Indian foreign secretary and ambassador to Myanmar, Shyam Saran, described her relations with India as “strongly sentimental — almost familial”.

    Lacking this counterweight of sentiment, the ranks of the NLD have views on India ranging from neutral to negative. India’s unwillingness to criticise the Myanmar military is only part of the story, says Aung Aung Thin, an activist who fled to India after a military crackdown. “At international fora, Indian delegations always opposed resolutions critical of Burma.”

    NLD functionary Tint Swe is among those who accuse India of handing back Myanmar soldiers and student activists who had sought asylum in India from the military regime.

    India is today seen by Myanmar youth as a potential economic partner and benign neighbour, but not a source of political inspiration.

    “There is surprisingly little mention of India among democracy circles,” says David Mathieson of Human Rights Watch. During her interactions with the NLD, says Yangon-based journalist Shwe Yinn Mar Oo, “no one was against India but not one was for India either”. They just didn’t see India as a force for democratic change.

    Singh’s state visit marked a beginning on the democracy front. New Delhi is offering training for parliamentarians and Myanmar is sending local journalists to India to see how a multi-ethnic, Asian democracy can function. Said one who had made the trip, “Seeing your Election Commission and Press Council was an eye-opener — very different from our great neighbour to the north.”
     
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  3. The Messiah

    The Messiah Bow Before Me! Elite Member

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    It is time to bring a brutal dictatorship in India along north korea model then those commenting on that link will know whether India is a democracy or not. Bloody idiots moaning at corrupt politicians yet not wondering who votes for them in the first place.
     
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    Actually, India is "no inspiration", because they feel there that India did not stand up strongly enough for the pro-democracy camp when we should have.

    India had no choice actually. Terrorism has come down to a great extent in the N-E, precisely because of Myanmar's cooperation. We needed them.
     
  5. Neil

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    in the entire article not a single line quotes suu kyi with the headlines!! what a crap piece written by HT....
     
  6. The Messiah

    The Messiah Bow Before Me! Elite Member

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    An attempt is being made to sway burma to the west more than India.
     
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    might be...but by an indian newspaper....disgusting...!!

    everyone knows our support for NLD took us nowhere....instead what little support we had to influence it towards democracy was being lost because of it...
     
  8. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Ah well.

    She is entitled to her opinion!
     
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    Learn from Pakistan,how to be democratic:laugh::laugh::laugh:
     
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    its better to realise the facts.

    if it had not been India, their country military rulers would have taken support from China.

    even after 1century they can't even hear the name of democracy.

    its India which pursued their leadership to change their mentality.

    its India which improved their relations with America.

    the day they become democratic it will be peaceful and will be due to India...


    India is always pro-democratic..
     
  11. Mr.Ryu

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    This article is :bs: who ever wrote it have never visited China or NKorea and he will never know what is democracy.

    This idiot is alive because he wrote it in a Democratic state where he is entitled to twist and create media hype, If some think like this have been said against China by a Chinese media person he will be crawling naked in a Dark Shit Hole in unknown location.

    I agree we have problem and corrupt politician but we people have a part in this system you know
     
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    trackwhack Tihar Jail Banned

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    Burmese sentiment is that we never did enough. That is not entirely incorrect. We never did have the balls to confront the junta for fear that Burma would become an extension of the PLA.
     
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    If India is not good at weaning them away from, then might as well the westerners do it
     

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