I have no right to condemn India: Suu Kyi

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 15, 2012 11:03 hrs

New Delhi: Myanmar's democracy movement leader and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi said she might have been saddened by the role of India in maintaining ties with the military junta in her country but she has no right to condemn India since politics is driven by pragmatism.

"I was saddened by India yes, but don't feel I have the right to condemn it," she told NDTV during her ongoing visit to India in an interview aired on Thursday.

"I can only expect things from myself, not another nation," she said, adding that India perhaps took a pragmatic decision since politics is also about pragmatism.

She said she did not have expectations from others and she can only say about herself.

"I can only expect things from myself, not another nation," she told the channel.

Asked if it was a deep spiritual sense that kept her calm during her house arrest for years, she said it was also her sense of humour which gave her strength.

She said when she won the Nobel Prize it opened a door in her heart.

"It showed the world had not forgotten us," she said.

On Wednesday Suu Kyi met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here and said her ongoing visit to India is to strengthen ties between two neighbours.

Suu Kyi arrived in India on Tuesday after decades on a six-day visit. She had last visited India in 1987.

The meeting lasted for half an hour during which the PM reiterated India's support for the ongoing democratization and national reconciliation in Myanmar.

Manmohan Singh recalled the long association of Suu Kyi's family with India.

They also spoke about more cooperation between two nations.

Suu Kyi earlier paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat and then paid her homage to Jawaharlal Nehru.

She said people keep asking her about expectations from India.

"My visit is an attempt to strengthen ties between the two countries. There are things in India that have changed and some that haven't changed. I am glad some things haven't changed since years," she told reporters.

The Opposition leader of Myanmar said her expectations from India is not what she wants to share with media now.

The government in Myanmar is now headed by a somewhat civilian government led by President Thein Sein.

Suu Kyi during her tour is visiting her alma mater, Lady Sri Ram College and also The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in Gurgaon.

Besides her engagements in Delhi, she will be travelling to Bangalore where she will visit the Indian Institute of Science and the Infosys Campus. She is also scheduled to tour rural areas in Andhra Pradesh to gain a firsthand impression of the rural development and women's empowerment programmes being undertaken in India.

Aung San Suu Kyi spent several years in India during her early days when her mother Daw Khin Yi was Ambassador to India.

"The visit of Aung San Suu Kyi would be part of our ongoing engagement with the democratic and multi-party polity in Myanmar. It would provide opportunity to exchange views on all matters of mutual interest with a view to building upon the positive momentum in India-Myanmar relations," said the MEA spokesperson.

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