The Woman Who Prom­ises Change

Southasia - - Editor’s mail -

Your pro­file on Myan­mar’s face of democ­racy, Aung Saan Suu Kyi, was beau­ti­fully pre­sented. Suu Kyi, the No­bel Lau­re­ate, has cer­tainly made her mark not only in Myan­mar but through­out the world. Un­der house ar­rest for 15 years, Suu Kyi is the world’s most re­cent, prom­i­nent po­lit­i­cal pris­oner. Her charis­matic lead­er­ship and com­mit­ment to bring change has swept many off their feet which would ex­plain her ris­ing pop­u­lar­ity. How­ever, as men­tioned in your ar­ti­cle, the NLD has a long way to go be­fore it can oc­cupy the ma­jor­ity of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. While many ques­tion how much change she will ac­tu­ally bring about, what is cer­tain though is that just by her pres­ence as a mem­ber of the House and the in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion she brings with it, the mil­i­tary lead­er­ship and the gov­ern­ment will have to care­fully con­sider the steps they take. If any­thing, Suu Kyi will act as the peo­ple’s eyes inside the Par­lia­ment, in­flu­enc­ing pol­icy in their fa­vor and en­sur­ing that Myan­mar guarantees equal rights to its ci­ti­zens. This is an enor­mous suc­cess for the peo­ple of Myan­mar who have been sub­jected to a mil­i­tary dic­ta­tor­ship and are now ready to usher in change and a new era of democ­racy. If she hopes to truly usher in change, Aung San Suu Kyi will have to work within the sys­tem and change it from within rather than try to over­throw it. This will take a great deal of skill in po­lit­i­cal diplo­macy and only time will tell if Suu Kyi is re­ally cut out for pol­i­tics.

James Ful­ton Mary­land, U.S

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