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Aung San Suu Kyi is not on Facebook as she has no time
Aung San Suu Kyi will not go on Facebook, chiefly because she has no time for it. But more important reason is that she regards Facebook as an 'old hat' in the context of more and more developed modern technological revolution.

ON HER Facebook page Aung San Suu Kyi is described as Burma’s democracy leader and Nobel Laureate who symbolizes the struggle of Burma’s people to be free. The page on Aung San Suu Kyi is liked by 13285 people till date, and it is discussed by 14772.

Articles published in merinews.com by the present writer and many others are accommodated in that site. There are many rare photos of Aung San Suu Kyi on the Facebook Page. We get a lot of information about her from the page. Suu Kyi is to receive Amnesty Award from Bono in Dublin. We know about the NLD’s child care programme, Senator John MacCain’s visit to NLD Headquarter last year, the golden moment of the Day of Release on Nov 13 last year and other remarkable incidents of her life. On this page of Facebook we have the rare picture of Suu Kyi being awarded Freedom of the City of Brighton and Hove in the UK. She is photographed with Geoff Wells of Brighton Council and Anna Roberts, Executive Director of Burma Campaign UK. We know that she has been the Guest Director of the Brighton Festival on May 8, 2011.

In the interview published in The Guardian she said: “I've always tried to explain democracy is not perfect. But it gives you a chance to shape your own destiny." We come to know from a tag about the documentary film on her called "BURMA SOLDIER," which provides a rare glimpse of a brutal dictatorship seen through the eyes of a courageous former soldier who, quite literally, swapped sides. The documentary offers an exclusive and rare perspective, from inside the heart and mind of a man who lays bare an understanding of a brutal regime.

On January 21, Aung San Suu Kyi, finally, had internet access installed at home after her years of isolation were brought to an end two months ago. Her security chief Win Htein told AFP that the opposition leader was “glad” to be able to go online at her lakeside mansion in Rangoon, and would use the technology to contact her network of supporters. “But she cannot use the internet now as she is not feeling well and is coughing,” he said. It is believed that the Nobel laureate has never before surfed the web.

This internet phobia still persists in Aung San Suu Kyi. Under Myanmar’s previous military junta, her Internet connection was blocked by a government firewall from accessing many sites. She is still scared of such internet sites. However, she says that she is too busy to use the social sites such as Facebook. She is bullish about Freedom but not so sure about Facebook. It may be remembered here that her Facebook is one of the most visited page ever. She had some Gandhian touch in her.

At Sevagram ashram of Gandhi there was no electricity, no telephone connectivity. Similarly, in the house arrest period of 22 years, Suu Kyi too did not have even a telephone. Asked if she is not computer savvy in using the Facebook, the Burmese icon of freedom says that it is not an issue with adjusting, but a matter of finding time. She says: ”Mind you, you never know what will happen with the technological  revolution. Facebook may be old hat tomorrow. In that case, I won’t go on Facebook.”

 

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