Suu Kyi, Dalai Lama must halt mas­sacre


Re Suu Kyi’s Ro­hingya reaction tar­nishes a

re­spected im­age, Walkom, Sept. 11 The No­bel Peace Prize com­mit­tee should in­vite Aung San Suu Kyi, No­bel Prize win­ner and head of govern­ment of Burma, to come to Oslo to ex­plain what she is do­ing to stop the mas­sacre of her coun­try’s Ro­hingya Mus­lim mi­nor­ity.

As a re­cip­i­ent of the No­bel Prize, Suu Kyi has an obli­ga­tion to tell the com­mit­tee how she will re­store peace in her own coun­try. She has lost all cred­i­bil­ity by not stand­ing up against per­se­cu­tion of the Mus­lim mi­nor­ity by the Bud­dhist ma­jor­ity. She must be told that her duty as a No­bel Peace Lau­re­ate is not limited to only pro­tect­ing rights of the ma­jor­ity.

Suu Kyi re­mains widely pop­u­lar among the Bud­dhist ma­jor­ity and can eas­ily per­suade them to stop killing the Ro­hingya mi­nor­ity by sim­ply threat­en­ing to re­sign.

Ma­hatma Gandhi stopped Hin­duMus­lim blood­let­ting on the eve of In­dia’s in­de­pen­dence by re­sort­ing to a hunger strike. If she has the courage of con­vic­tion, she should do the same. Mah­mood Elahi, Ot­tawa A great deal of well-de­served neg­a­tive at­ten­tion has been paid to the be­hav­iour of Aung San Suu Kyi in re­sponse to the geno­cide un­fold­ing in Burma.

I am, how­ever, quite flum­moxed that I have not come across any men­tion of the Dalai Lama’s reaction to the atroc­i­ties tak­ing place in the name of Bud­dhism.

If I have missed his re­flec­tions on this, then please di­rect me to where I can read about his views. If I have not, please help me un­der­stand his ab­sence from this ur­gent is­sue in­volv­ing his fol­low­ers. Na­dia Maza­heri, Toronto

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