It has been a long while since I found a woman whom I deeply admired and respected. And the more I read about Aung San Suu Kyi, the more I am impressed.
This isn’t really a one-woman fight for justice but she definitely is the hope, the strength and the driving force of the NLD. I’ve read much of what I could lay my hands on for the past few days and even came close to a chance to interview her (fingers still crossed about that).
That was when I realized that this was one woman whom I really wanted to have a chance to interview. Often, as a reporter, it is the people you come in contact with that is as important as the story. I’m sure any reporter who has had a chance to speak to Obama, Osama Bin Laden, Bill Clinton, Mother Theresa, Princess Diana, Nelson Mandela, Dalai Lama or Martin Luther King has it firmly established in their minds. The meetings are never “just” about the story. It is the person. Their story, their driving force, the charisma. And much more.
The first encounter I had with the mention of Aung San Suu Kyi was sometime a little after high school. I was barely out of my teens then, and though many evenings were spent debating the Iraq war and worse, Burma played a very small role. But we were talking about influential leaders and Suu Kyi’s name came up. I perhaps googled her later that evening but her face struck in my mind.
She looked like a delicate woman who would perhaps be used for advertising Burma’s tourism. Petite, gentle and looked totally unlike the firebrand she was supposed to be.
My memory is short and I forgot about her unless I came about vague mentions on BBC, or till she was released.
That is the sort of faith and conviction I would like to have. Perhaps what I do have is scattered into various avenues.
The photo below, I believe, is what she is. She looks delicate and petite, till you look at her eyes. The determination in those eyes make you believe that her dream of a democratic Burma/Myanmar is perhaps possible.