Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in India for a six day visit on November 13, 2012. On her tour, Suu Kyi will be visiting Indian leaders as well as friends from her school and college days in Delhi. She is a prominent member of the Burmese opposition and chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in the country.
The former political prisoner said on Wednesday that it was good to be back in India. Before meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Suu Kyi said, “It feels very good to be in India and I am glad that I can still recognize parts of Delhi”.
Suu Kyi had spent her formative years growing up in India and this is her first visit in nearly 40 years. The 1990 Rafto Prize winner studied at the Convent of Jesus and Mary School and graduated in political science from Lady Shri Ram (LSR) college, which is one of the most reputed colleges in Delhi for women. Her mother was Burma’s envoy to India at the time.
The 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner is also expected to meet with students at LSR. In terms of her political agenda, she said that she wants closer relations between the people of India and Burma.
On Wednesday, the leader is expected to deliver the Nehru Memorial lecture on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Suu Kyi was also awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding in 1992.