Aung San Suu Kyi (Modern Peacemakers) by Judy L. Hasday

By Judy L. Hasday

While an army junta took energy in Myanmar (then known as Burma) in 1988, Aung San Suu Kyi--the daughter of basic Aung San, who negotiated Burma's independence from Britain in 1947--entered Burmese politics. seriously prompted by way of Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolent protest, Suu Kyi helped came upon the nationwide League for Democracy to motivate the institution of democracy in Myanmar. whilst the army junta held common elections in 1990, the nationwide League gained simply, and Suu Kyi must have assumed the placement of best minister. as a substitute, the army nullified the election, and he or she was once put less than condominium arrest after refusing to go away the rustic. Suu Kyi was once nonetheless in confinement while she was once presented the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize. She has as a consequence been out and in of residence arrest, regardless of appeals from foreign corporations, together with the United international locations, to unfastened her completely. during this outstanding biography, scholars will know about this courageous girl who, regardless of being confronted with insurmountable odds, keeps to paintings towards democratic reforms in Myanmar.

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Explained in Suu Kyi’s book, Freedom From Fear, 55 56 Aung San Suu Kyi [B]ellevue is mainly concerned with the city’s poorest incurables and derelicts, who are brought in when life becomes too much for them, a temporary refuge for those on the verge of physical and mental collapse. Men and women are always needed to help with programmes of reading and companionship. Suu chose to volunteer many hours of her time every week for this. 26 UN Secretary-General U Thant The third secretary-general of the United Nations, U Thant, was born in Pantanwa, Burma (now Myanmar), in 1909.

Reading was one of Suu Kyi’s passions. She still enjoyed a good mystery novel, International Education Above, American Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens speaks at Delhi University in 1955. Only a few years later, Aung San Suu Kyi would begin her college education at the university. but she had expanded her literary interests to include political philosophy and Greek mythology, as well as the writings of India’s spiritual leader Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi. 22 Gandhi’s leadership helped India gain its own independence from Britain.

Aung San’s sudden death left his seat in the parliament vacant. To continue to serve the people of Burma, Khin Kyi decided to fill her husband’s seat in the country’s new governing body. Known as a perfectionist and a highly disciplined woman, Khin Kyi exemplified the standard of conduct she expected of her children. Khin Kyi was also a compassionate woman and a devout Buddhist, and she never spoke of feelings of hatred or wanting revenge against her husband’s assassins. These qualities would be the ones her daughter would embrace as she grew up.

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