The Lady and the Peacock: The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma by Peter PophamPeter Pophams major new biography of Aung San Suu Kyi draws upon previously untapped testimony and fresh revelations to tell the story of a woman whose bravery and determination have captivated people around the globe. Celebrated today as one of the worlds greatest exponents of non-violent political defiance since Mahatma Gandhi, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize only four years after her first experience of politics.
In April 1988, Suu Kyi returned from Britain to Burma to nurse her sick mother but, within six months, found herself the unchallenged leader of the largest popular revolt in her countrys history. When the party she co-founded won a landslide victory in Burmas first free elections for thirty years, she was already under house arrest and barred from taking office by the military junta.
Since then, The Lady has set about transforming her country ethically as well as politically, displaying dazzling courage in the process. Under house arrest for 15 of the previous 20 years, she has come close to being killed by her political enemies and her commitment to peaceful revolution has come at extreme personal cost.
In November 2010, after fraudulent elections in which she played no part, Suu Kyi was again freed. She was greeted by ecstatic crowds but only time will tell what role this remarkable woman will have in the future of her country.
Aung San Suu Kyi: The facts
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In Aung San Suu Kyi born became the preeminent leader in Burma now Myanmar of the movement toward the reestablishment of democracy in that state. In , while under house arrest, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Aung San Suu Kyi was internationally recognized as a vibrant symbol of resistance to authoritarian rule. On July 20, , she was placed under house arrest by the military coup leaders, called the State Law and Order Restoration Council SLORC , who came to power in Myanmar on September 18, , in the wake of a popular but crushed uprising against the previous, and also military headed socialist government. The nation's name had been changed from Burma to Myanmar in Aung San Suu Kyi came from a distinguished Burmese family. Her father, Bogyoke Generalissimo Aung San, is known as the founder of independent Burma in and is widely revered in that country.
Who Is Aung San Suu Kyi?
She is the leader of the National League for Democracy and the first and incumbent State Counsellor , a position akin to a prime minister. After graduating from the University of Delhi in and the University of Oxford in , she worked at the United Nations for three years. She married Michael Aris in , with whom she had two children. Aung San Suu Kyi rose to prominence in the Uprisings , and became the General Secretary of the National League for Democracy NLD , which she had newly formed with the help of several retired army officials who criticized the military junta. She had, however, already been detained under house arrest before the elections. She remained under house arrest for almost 15 of the 21 years from to , becoming one of the world's most prominent political prisoners.
The Burmese military , who have governed Burma since , did not let her political party, the National League for Democracy join the government. Suu Kyi was arrested and forced her to stay in her house and not have any visitors. Since then she has brought democracy to her country using nonviolence. She is the leader of the National League for Democracy in Burma and a famous prisoner. In , she was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru peace prize by India for her culture of personality. After elections in Burma in , she was released from house arrest in November Suu Kyi was not allowed to take part in the election as the government banned anyone who had been arrested.
Reuters - A Myanmar court found opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi guilty on Tuesday of violating a security law, a ruling likely to trigger condemnation around the world and further isolate the military regime. Suu Kyi was sentenced to three years in prison, which was reduced by half by the ruling junta. Authorities will allow Suu Kyi to serve her sentence at her Yangon home. Here are five facts about Suu Kyi, who went from being an English country housewife to an incarcerated Nobel peace laureate because of her fight for democracy in the Southeast Asian country. Her mother Daw Khin Kyi was also a prominent public figure. In she married British academic Michael Aris. The military, however, refused to relinquish power.