LSR to honour its student Suu Kyi
Better known as Suu by classmates, she was a student of the 1964 batch and studied political science.india Updated: Aug 17, 2006 13:01 IST
Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, currently under house arrest in that country, will be honoured by her alma mater Lady Sri Ram College for Women (LSR) in New Delhi on Monday as part of its ongoing golden jubilee celebrations.
"She (Suu Kyi) has worked for the empowerment of those who are oppressed and she has also spoken out fearlessly," said Shernaz Cama, in-charge of the celebrations.
"We feel very proud, very happy, as many young people and alumna have done many things in this world in many fields of endeavour," Cama was quoted as saying by Mizzima News.
The recognition comes in the wake of Suu Kyi's tireless efforts to restore democracy and justice to a country ruled by military dictators since 1962 for which she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.
Better known as Suu by her classmates, she was a student of the 1964 batch of LSR and studied political science. After her stint in New Delhi, Suu Kyi went to Oxford University where she studied philosophy, politics and economics.
She returned to her country in 1988 to attend her ailing mother but was caught in the political turmoil prevailing at the time.
In 1990, her party - the National League for Democracy (NLD)- won the election by a landslide margin but the results were not recognised by the military rulers who came to power in a coup in 1988 after brutally cracking down on demonstrators.
She was arrested May 30, 2003, in central Myanmar while on a nationwide tour to gather support for the NLD. She was subsequently put under house arrest by the military regime. Her house arrest was extended by another year in May.