Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Suu Kyi begins nostalgic trip to India

Tuesday, 13 November 2012 14:40 Mizzima News

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in India on Tuesday for a six-day trip, her first visit in more than 40 years to the country where she lived as a teenager.

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi pictured at Yangon International Airport on Monday night, as she embarks on her first visit to India in more than 40 years. (Photo: Bo Bo/Mizzima)

She left Rangoon shortly before 8 pm on Monday night accompanied by her personal assistant, Dr. Tin Mar Aung, and the NLD’s parliamentary affairs assistant, Phyo Zeya Thaw.

At the invitation of Sonia Gandhi, the Indian National Congress chairperson, Suu Kyi will on Wednesday deliver the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial speech in Delhi. She will also meet Indian premier Manmohan Singh that day.

She has an appointment with India’s vice president on November 15, before she meets with the Lower House Speaker at India’s Parliament.

On Friday, November 16, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate is scheduled to pay a visit to her alma mater, Lady Shri Ram College, where she studied political science in the 1960s. She will meet former lecturers and friends before delivering a speech at the Oxford Senior Secondary School.

Also on Suu Kyi’s itinerary are visits to two institutes that illustrate the new business relationship between India and Burma—the first to the Energy and Resources Institute near Delhi, and the second, the same day, November 16, to the Indian Institute of Science and to Infosys Ltd in Bangalore, commonly referred to as “India’s Silicon Valley.”

On November 17, she will take a trip to rural areas in Andhra Pradesh State, before returning to Rangoon on Sunday, November 18.

Born in Rangoon in 1945, Suu Kyi is the third child of Aung San, Burma’s independence hero, and Ma Khin Kyi, then a senior nurse at Rangoon General Hospital.

Following her father’s assassination in 1947, Khin Kyi headed Burma’s social planning and social policy bodies before being appointed as ambassador to India in 1960. Suu Kyi lived and studied in Delhi from 1960 to 1964, graduating in political science from Lady Shri Ram College. She later studied philosophy, politics and economics in Oxford University.

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