19 October, 2020

Which Road To Mandalay?

Suu Kyi has to tread carefully and figure out her politics in the changing scenario

Which Road To Mandalay?

When 33-year-old Kim Aris landed at Yangon’s Mongladon airport, it was a tearful reunion with his mother, Aung San Suu Kyi, whom he hadn’t seen for a decade. As such moments demand, there was a volley of questions. Suu Kyi’s youngest son dismissed any suggestions of a strain in family relations and revealed the tattoo of the National League for Democracy, his mother’s outfit, underscoring his endorsement of her political choices. The last time Kim visited Suu Kyi was with his wife and son, in the Christmas of 2000, the year the military junta entered into negotiations with her that ultimately led to her release from custody on May 6, 2002.

Last week’s reunion with Kim should have a salutary impact on Suu Kyi, said a confidant of hers. “It should help her relax and take her mind off the more stressful political options she will have to think about, and above all, it should help her listen to people, gather information and views from a wide cross-section, especially the youth,” he said on condition...



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