Aung San Suu Kyi talks to Guardian

Deepak R. November 19, 2010

Across the road, perched on conspicuous orange motorbikes, the government's spies are kept busy, watching her party headquarters through camera lenses and binoculars. But Aung San Suu Kyi is unconcerned about the attention from the military's special branch. They will be her companion every day she is free.

Aung San Suu Kyi talks about her years under house arrest and Burma's future at the offices of her currently-outlawed political party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), in Rangoon.

"South Africa's fault line was clear-cut, apartheid was based on race. Colour is something that everyone can see straight away. Here, it is less obvious who is who, because we are all Burmese. It is Burmese discriminating and oppressing Burmese. I have often thought everything would be much easier if all the NLD supporters were coloured purple. Then it would be obvious who is being jailed and who is being discriminated against. And the international community would be angered more easily, they could easily say 'you cannot discriminate against the purples'."

Is the international community listening? Or are we thinking what answer will please Uncle Sam?

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Indian "interests" in Burma

Timely commentary! As we stand in solidarity with the Burmese people, we also have to realize Indian establishment's role in supporting the Myanmar Junta. A couple of months ago, the Union Government rolled out the red carpet to greet the military rulers and announced several hundreds of crores as grants and loans. That's what the generals are using to clamp down on civilians. In true imperial fashion, Indian government supports corrupt dictatorships when it feels that's what suits "strategic" geo-political interests. Another example is how New Delhi holds a remote control to influence and even subvert democracy in Nepal. Just like Western Imperialism is resisted, we in the Indian left need to oppose and defeat the nascent Indian imperial interests in South Asia.

Amartya Sens comment

Amartya Sen came down heavily on India's wrong policy on Burma. His words - "When our power to influence the world was zero, we spent our time lecturing the world on morality. And when we get a bit of power, although not as much as China, then we completely abdicated that responsibility"

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