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Suu Kyi symbolises strength
Aung San Suu Kyi symbolises the spiritual strength of the people of Myanmar. The frail figure of Suu Kyi has fought a lonely battle to restore human dignity and freedom to her people. She continues to inspire the Myanmarese people with her example.

PRO-DEMOCRACY champion Aung San Suu Kyi symbolises the spiritual strength of the people of Myanmar. The military junta, which is ruling the country, has been doing everything in its power to crush the feeble female voice that refuses to be silenced by brute force. For the last 12 years, Suu Kyi has been confined to her house because the military rulers fear that if she is allowed to travel freely across the country, she would stir up anti-government protests.

Now in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, the world had been hoping that the junta would loosen its grip on its adversaries and allow humanitarian workers to bring succour to the victims of the cyclone. But the inhuman government machinery utilised the natural calamity to entrench itself in the seat of power. In this game, Suu Kyis release became a casualty.

In the countries surrounding Myanmar, an on-going unrest has been giving sleepless nights to the powers that be while the Myanmarese people are left with no options to give vent to their ire. While the Nepal monarch has been effortlessly dethroned in favour of democracy, and Tibet continues to occupy centre stage in international political debates, the country on India’s eastern border maintains a deathly silence about its future.

The military authorities of Myanmar have successfully crushed the voice of democracy and apparently silenced all think tanks in the matter. The frail figure of Suu Kyi has fought a lonely battle to restore human dignity and freedom to her people. Because she won the Nobel Peace Prize and symbolises the aspirations of her countrymen for a peaceful transition to democracy, the authorities fear international ostracism if they use violence against her. That is the only reason why she still survives.

House arrest has been Suu Kyis lot and it is going to remain that way into the foreseeable future. There is nothing glamorous about this woman, who is past her prime. But there is a flame of conviction that burns in her soul, which drives her to sacrifice her life for the attainment of her goals. It is not fame she is after. It is freedom freedom of the spirit, freedom to choose, freedom to express oneself fearlessly.

Suu Kyi has a twin spirit in Mother Teresa, who too had won a Nobel Peace Prize. Both gave their lives to the causes they espoused. Mother Teresa loved the poor of Kolkata. Suu Kyi loves the people of Myanmar. If it takes her life to set them free, she is prepared to sacrifice it as is evident from her long years under house arrest. Nelson Mandela had spent 27 years behind bars in his struggle to end apartheid in South Africa. These solitary figures do not fear loneliness and deprivation. They do not want to go out into the world with insurance in their pockets. They are prepared to face death in order to ensure abundant living for their fellowmen.

Suu Kyi will continue to inspire her countrymen and people in other countries with her example. In a bleak world of utter pessimism and all-round suffering, she offers us solid reason for hope and trust hope that freedom will dawn tomorrow, and trust that goodness will prevail over the powers of darkness and sin at Armageddon.

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