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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Talking To British Government Ministers

It sometimes seems that figures from the past offer the most effective words for motivation but there are many people alive today whose stories provide inspiration messages for all of us.

During the 1970’s a young mother was listening to the radio in her home in Oxfordshire with her young son. Together they listened to the BBC programme ‘Desert Island Discs.’ On this programme, well-known people are interviewed and asked what items they consider so valuable that they would them amongst the few possessions they could take to a desert island. Primary among these items are pieces of music they hold dear.

The son turned to his mother and asked if she thought she would ever be invited to speak on the programme. She answered “Why not?” The little boy was curious why his mother might be included. “I considered this for a moment and then answered: ‘Perhaps because I’d have won the Nobel Prize for literature,” and we both laughed. The prospect seemed pleasant but hardly probable.”

This story was recounted by Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese campaigner for democracy, during her speech made in Oslo on 16 June 2012 to accept the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to her in 1991. It provides words of motivation for all of us.

Suu Kyi was born on 19 June 1945 in Rangoon, now known as Yangon. She was born into Burmese politics as her father, Aung San, oversaw the countries independence from Britain in 1947. Sadly he was then assassinated that same year.

She had two brothers, although one was drowned at the age of eight, and she was initially educated in the country of her birth. Her mother became a leading political figure herself and the young Suu Kyi met a wide range of people from different backgrounds and beliefs. Khin Kyi (the mother) became ambassador to India and Suu Kyi went to school and college in New Delhi, emerging with a degree in politics.

Suu Kyi then went to Oxford and gained a further degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics before moving to New York to work at the United Nations.

In 1972, she married Dr. Michael Aris, a leading scholar of eastern culture and they had two sons, Alexander and Kim. The family lived in Oxfordshire and, in 1987, Suu Kyi gained a Masters degree in Burmese literature from the London School of Oriental and African Studies.

Suu Kyi returned to Burma in 1988 to visit her ailing mother but stayed to lead the pro-democracy movement. At the time a dictator, U Ne Win, who slaughtered any opposition to his rule, dominated the country. Suu Kyi began to give words of motivation to democracy and human rights campaigners. Although all protests were entirely non-violent, in 1989 Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest and spent 15 of the next 21 years in detention.

U Ne Win renamed the country the Union of Myanmar in 1989 and told Suu Kyi she would be freed if she agreed to leave the country. She refused saying that she would oppose the government until a democratic regime was in place.

Young Burmese Pro Democracy Protestor Holding A Placard

In 1990, an election was held and the National League For Democracy won more than 80 percent of the vote. Predictably the government ignored the result, eventually declaring it void.

Suu Kyi was released in 1995, set up an alternative ruling body and was placed under arrest once more in September 2000. In 2003 she was released again until the democracy movement clashed with government supporters and Suu Kyi returned to house arrest.

Sadly Michael Aris only saw his wife five times during her time in Burma and died of cancer in 1999 and her two boys did not see her before 2011, when they were allowed to visit her.

International pressure grew around the time of Aris’ illness and the United Nations and Pope John Paul II put pressure on the Burmese government to allow a visa for him. This came to nothing but with the new century came calls for Suu Kyis release from all around the world.

In 2008 a cyclone hit her house and she lost all electricity, repairs were only planned the following year.

Eventually, in 2010, another election was held but the National League for Democracy was disbanded just before so the ruling junta won the election unopposed. Suu Kyi was finally released six days later. The following year however the NLD reformed and, in the light of increased international pressure, forced a new election, which took place in 2012. Suu Kyi finally won office.

Having won a wide variety of awards, in January 2013, Aung San Suu Kyi finally appeared on the BBC Radio 4 programme, Desert Island Discs. Of course she had words of motivation for us all. A committed Buddhist Daw Suu (‘Mother Suu,’ the name the people of Burma have given her) is phlegmatic about her life. “I’m not terrible fond of melodrama,” she said, “When people have chosen a certain path, they should walk it with satisfaction and not try to make it appear as a tremendous sacrifice.”

On her website Aung San Suu Kyi dispenses some essential words of motivation: “It is not enough merely to call for freedom, democracy and human rights. There has to be a united determination to preserve in the struggle, to make sacrifices in the name of enduring truths, to resist the corrupting influences of desire, ill will, ignorance and fear.”

The life of this great heroine should offer all of us inspiration messages to help us understand that we should find a worthwhile cause and pursue it.

“It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.”

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi



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