The Burmese Nobel laureate has been an inspiration for many. Aung San Su Kyi’s recent interview with a foreign daily, on her recent visit to the United States, has just furthered the sensitive side of her human nature. She is too polite to state the obvious.
Her remarks that she regretted missing her family life but had to do that for a greater cause needs to be appreciated. Suu Kyi, who spent her two decades under house arrest in Yangon, thousands of miles away from her husband and children in Britain, is now campaigning for lifting of sanctions against the very regime that throttled her fundamental rights. This is no ordinary leadership and could rightly be termed as excellent statesmanship. Irrespective of a couple of lapses on her part, especially as she was slow in reacting to the Rohingya massacre in Burma, the veteran has lived up to expectations.
Myanmar is now at crossroads. It is now being seen as the hub for foreign investment and regional and world powers are scrambling for a share of its resources. This is the time when the newly elected democratic dispensation faces the challenge of doing a balancing act. Rather than succumbing to temptations, it’s imperative that priority should be given to pull Myanmar out of the abyss of poverty and backwardness.
The resilience of the people is in dire need of being rewarded. Suu Kyi definitely has a role to play, and the best she can do is to ensure that development and empowerment of the masses take place without any prejudice. The marginalisation that is being witnessed in terms of communal considerations has to come to an end.