Lady Shri Ram College to felicitate Suu Kyi

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 12, 2012 05:28 hrs

New Delhi: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be felicitated on Friday at the Lady Shri Ram College here where she studied political science.

Suu Kyi, who is coming to India Tuesday at the invitation of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, will visit LSR, as the college is known, to meet the principal, students and faculty.

"The college will felicitate her and try to make her feel good and nostalgic," Veena Ravikumar, an associate professor at the LSR's political science department, said.

"She will meet final year students of the political science department. We will present a little programme," she added.

"Two of my students will interview her for the department journal," she added.

One of Suu Kyi's cloest friends from her younger days, Malavika Karlekar, has described the Myanmar leader as a "quiet, obedient girl with a great flair for creating writing".

She lived with her mother Aung San or Daw Khin Kyi as she was known on 24, Akbar Road, which is now the Congress party headquarters.

Her mother had been named the ambassador to India and Nepal in 1960.

The young woman, who later battled the Myanmar military junta, did her schooling here at the Convent of Jesus and Mary before joining LSR, one of Delhi's most repurted colleges.

For higher education, she moved to St. Hugh's College at Oxford. She was also a Fellow for two years at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla.

Over the years, she came to be influenced by Mahatma Gandhi and Buddhist thoughts.

Suu Kyi, who will be in India Nov 13-18, will meet Sonia Gandhi and deliver the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Lecture on his birth anniversary Nov 14.

She will visit Bangalore and two villages in Andhra Pradesh to study women empowerment and development models.

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