Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi


Aung San Suu Kyi is Burmese politician, Author, and the leader of National League for Democracy born on 19 June 1945, In Burma (Myanmar).

Family Background:

She is the daughter of General Aung San and his wife Daw Khin Kyi. She had two brothers, one of whom died and other emigrate to California, Becoming a United States Citizen. In 1960, Her mother was appointed as a Burmese ambassador to India and Nepal. She grew up in the Political background.

Personal Life:

On 1 January 1972, She married Dr. Michael Aris and living in Abroad in Bhutan. The couple was Blessed with two sons, Alexander Aris and Kim. Dr. Michael Aris died in 1999, Suffering from terminal prostate cancer.


She started her education at Methodist English High School. She completed her higher education from Convent of Jesus and Mary School. In 1960, She completed her graduated from Lady Shri Ram College with a degree in politics. Then she moved to the United Kingdom and entered into the St Hugh’s College, Oxford, Where she obtained the B.A degree in Philosophy, politics, and Economics.


From 1985 until 1987, She had worked as a research student at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London to gained an M.Phil degree in Burmese literature. In 1988, She returned to Burma. Suu Kyi was entered politics to bring down the authoritarian rule of the military and she founded the National League for Democracy (NLD) party on September 27, 1988. At NDL she served as a General Secretary and she gives a number of speeches calling for freedom. On July 20, 1989, she had been placed under house arrest and she had been offered freedom only if she left the country. In 1990, Facing the increasing domestic and international pressure, the dictatorship had been forced to call a general election. As a result, NDL party received massive 59% votes, Guaranteeing NLD 80% of the parliament seats. She was eligible for taking up the post of Prime Minister. When she had been won the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and Nobel Peace Prize, She was put under house arrest. In July 1995, She released from house arrest. She was placed under the house arrest numerous time in her political career. In 2012, She won a seat in Parliament. On June 6, 2013, Suu Kyi had been announced that she wanted to run for the presidency in Myanmar 2015 election on the World Economic Forum’s website.

Unknown Facts:

  • Her name meaning is ‘Strange collection of bright victories’.
  • Her name is the combination of three names from her family members.
  • Her father worked with Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

Master Stroke:

  • She had spent about 15 to 21 years from July 20, 1989, until November 13, 2010, under the house arrest in Burma.

Awards and Achievements:

  • In 1991, She received the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • In 1993, She received the Jawaharlal Nehru Award.
  • In 2000. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • In 2008, She received the Congressional Gold Medal.

What Can we learn from her??

Like Aung San Suu Kyi, Respect your elders and learn from them. Never ignore your youngers.

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