Month: May 2012

Burma: In Exile

By Saswat Pattanayak Aung San Suu Kyi has been rightfully recognized as the champion of nonviolence, democracy and free speech, but her celebrity stature has unfortunately overshadowed the revolutionary legacies of Burmese politics. At a time when the unabated political imprisonment of her country itself should deserve far greater attention than one individual, the inordinate adulations surrounding Suu Kyi have played right into the hands of the adversaries of the ideals once set forth by her father, Burma’s cherished leader, U Aung San. When Aung San Suu Kyi emerged in the political scene following the Four Eights Uprising, she was accepted in Burma solely because she was the daughter of Aung San. “I’m doing this for my father,” she had said in 1988. “I’m quite happy that they see me as my father’s daughter. My only concern is that I prove worthy of him.” Her emerging worthy is necessary to ensure a progressive future for Burma. Unfortunately, she has instead allowed herself to be used as a poster child for an illusive form of political …