Can Aung San Suu Kyi Really Change Myanmar?

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Can Aung San Suu Kyi really change Myanmar?

The 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Miss Aung San Suu Kyi graduated from the Oxford University, B.A. in philosophy, politics and economics at St. Hugh’s College in 1967 (The Nobel Prize in Peace 1991, 2010). On the 27 May 1990, her party, the National League Democracy (NLD) won 392 out of the 492 seats (Burmese General Election, 1990, 2010). Despite her popularity with the citizens in Myanmar, the military disregards the result of that election. After two decades, the Burmese general election, 2010 will be held on the 7 November and once again the spot light is brought back to the political stage of Myanmar ever since 1990. A question that has always revolved around Aung San Suu Kyi is - can Aung San Suu Kyi really change Myanmar?

From my point of view, Miss Aung San Suu Kyi may not really be able change Myanmar. She can change the current situation of Myanmar however not completely; especially in a country that has gone through six different political transformations in the last half-century.

Firstly, Miss Aung San Suu Kyi is inexperienced and “new” to Myanmar. Although she was born in Myanmar and had received education there, during the years when Myanmar fell into military dictatorship, 1962, she was studying in a high school in Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi, 1960 - 1964 (The Nobel Prize in Peace 1991, 2010). She had spent most of her adulthood and received education aboard. Even though she visited her mother annually and had been in Mynmar since 1988, most of the time she is kept under house arrest. One of her quote was “I saw many aspects of the country which I needed to see in order that I might know what we need to do” (Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Quotes, 1997). Despite so, much of her time is spent serving her house arrest terms. Although she had spent much of her time reading about philosphy, politics and many more books but what she had is mere knowledge she had gained from reading in order to lead a...
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