Sometimes or often, we think of having a life free of obstacles. When we were kids, we used to pray of getting rid of troubles and for having a beautiful tomorrow. But, there are some people, around us, have dedicated their valuable life for creating a foolproof system.
Aung San Suu Kyi has dedicated her entire life for constituting democracy in Myanmar. Her untiring effort and long vision of a country free of totalitarian governments. Like any others, she could have live in America or European country in exile and talk of freedom of people of Myanmar, could have bag couple of awards and honors. Being jailed for decades, missed the company of her family members, couldn’t communicate with her sons for years, couldn’t attend the funeral of her husband who stand in favor of her in all difficult times. However, these incidents has not ebbed out her long visioned political spirits.
In Aung San Suu Kyi: A Biography, Jesper Bengtsson is scintillating towards the life of “The iron butterfly” Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel prize winner and freedom fighter, characterized by humanity, compassion, and moreover, an advocate of freedom.
About the author of the book: Jesper Bengtsson
Jesper Bengtsson is a journalist and author of four books, working as At; editor-in-chief Of a Swedish magazine,Omavarlden. He has followed development Burma for more than ten years and has authored Burma – The Lost Country and The Quiet Revolution previously.
Human beings the world over need freedom and security that they may be able to realize their full potential.
The democracy process provides for political and social change without violence.
—– Aung San Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi over years………………
1945: Aung San Suu Kyi born in Rangoon.
1947: General Aung San assassinated
1948: The Independent Union of Myanmar is established.
1960: Daw Khin Kyi appointed Myanmar’s ambassador to India. Suu Kyi accompanies mother to New Delhi.
1960-64: Suu Kyi at high school and Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi.
1964-67: Oxford University, B.A. in philosophy, politics and economics at St. Hugh’s College
1969-71: She goes to New York for study. Postponing studies, Suu Kyi joins U.N. Secretariat as Assistant Secretary.
1972: January 1. Marries Michael Aris
1973: They return to England for birth of Alexander in London.
1974: Michael assumes appointment at Oxford University.
1977: Birth of second son, Kim at Oxford.
1984: Publishes “Aung San”
1985: Publishes “Let’s Visit Myanmar” also books on Nepal and Bhutan
1985-86: Visiting Scholar, Center of Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University
1986: Alexander and Kim take part in traditional Buddhist ceremony of initiation into monk-hood.
1988: Moves her ailing mother to family home on University Avenue in Rangoon.
1989: Suu Kyi continues campaign despite harassment, arrests and killings by soldiers.
1990: Despite detention of Suu Kyi, NLD wins election with 82% of parliamentary seats. SLORC refuses to recognise results.
1990: Suu Kyi granted 1990 Rafto Human Rights Prize.
1991: European Parliament awards Suu Kyi Sakharov human rights prize.
1991: Norwegian Nobel Committee announces Suu Kyi as the Winner of 1991 Peace Prize.
1991: December: “Freedom from Fear” was published.
1992: Suu Kyi announces that she will use $1.3 million prize money to establish health and education trust for Burmese people.
1993: Group of Nobel Peace Laureates, denied entry to Myanmar
1995: SLORC releases Suu Kyi from house arrest after six years of detention.
1999: Her husband, Michael Aris died of cancer.
2000: She was detained again.
2002: Released after two years.
2003: Detained ever since.
2012: Released from her current third period of detention
Suu Kyi in 1970
Michael Aris, Aung San Suu Kyi and their first son Alexander, in 1973,
Alexander and Kim with Aung San Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech in Norway on June 16, 2012
Aung San Suu Kyi – interview for Norwegian television, 16.6.2012
Aung San Suu Kyi’s Speech at University of Oxford, 20 June 12