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Suu Kyi Speaks, I ‘try’ Interpret

Day after the Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was released all eyes and ears were on what she says.

Many like me were up for her words and she did not disappoint.

Aung San Suu Kyi exclusive interview to the BBC, was a perfectly crafted one, both in terms of posing the questions and more notably for the replies.

Kyi confirmed to many first time listeners like me why she has such a phenomenal following despite all years of house arrest.

She asserted ‘I am a practical person’ and her replies reaffirmed every bit of it.

She meticulously steered away of all those questions which could have got her in trouble with the regimen like her not criticizing generals or the Junta, or house arrest for so long or sanctions.

Her replies affirmed what she is made of.

On the most anticipated question of reconciliation with the regimen she said, “We need to sort out differences across table by talking.  We need to agree to disagree, if possible to sort out disagreement.”

This for me ensured that the Regimen was not rubbed the wrong way and she set the ball rolling from her end moment she came out.

The interviewer prods again for not criticizing the regimen and she retorts, “I don’t criticize for sake of criticizing. I have already said what I need to say against the generals in the past. I hope I don’t have to do it in future, but if need be will.” She added, “But I have never criticized anyone personally.”

She said she was better off in the house arrest than others who were prisoners ensuring that she sends out the right signals to the Junta, world leaders and humanitarian organisations at large and also gain the support of people by saying I understand their pain and was concerned.

When asked about her role she said, “One of the workers of democracy probably who is a bit better known than others. It’s going to be so forever.”

On the front of sanctions, support of international community and their role she said, “I would like to talk to everyone around and look into the issue.”

In short the cause was upheld; she played safe and weighed her words. To the interviewers credit he managed to get all the right questions and get all replies in the stipulated 9 minutes. Having said that during the end when he thanks her there was an editing goof up, which could have been put in place.

One hears her asking am I supposed to talk to…and its leaves listeners wondering what she was saying and then comes the interviewer saying there we go. Barring this goof it was a great interview to listen.


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Burma:Hope, democracy and some spotlight

Burma is back in news.

With the Junta releasing pro democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi from the house arrest, world focus was back on the nation ruled by military regimen( well till a week back, if I may correct.)

Kyi, Nobel peace prize winner in 1990, is the sole voice of the nation for democracy to the outside world.

The news of her release has been making headlines across media world over and she might well be the page one news on most quality newspapers across the globe.

Glorious and well composed quotes by leaders across the world, profiles, dateline, vox pops almost everything might be there in newspapers(and is already there on air and internet).

Once the newspapers are distributed that might well be the end of story for the time being. Follow ups will fade in the light of other Breaking NEWS.

All I knew of Burma before today morning was Aung San Suu Kyi and that it was a military regimen.

Constant media glare made me dwell a bit deeper and after listening to few experts and other voices of democracy I wonder why the champions of democracy in the West (USA and UK) haven’t actually done much about the oppressed people of the Southeast Asian nation.

Why was there no much international pressure not to release Kyi all these years? Why this can’t be termed as a Nelson Mandela moment for Burma?

The US president during his recent visit to India told Associated Press: “Myanmar’s election “will be anything but free and fair,” and for too long, “the people of Burma have been denied the right to determine their own destiny.”

Why Burma and its people were left to fend for themselves, where as those in Iraq and Afghanistan received help without a cry for help? Why a few not so threatening sanctions were imposed on the country and later no international pressure was build pitching for democracy?

Is this because the Than Shwe military regimen pose no threat like the regimen of Saddam or that the little over 50 million Burmese not a potential market.

Whatever the reason be Kyi is back (in action) and so is hope for Burmese people for the time being.

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