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article imageSuu Kyi criticizes India for doing business with Myanmar's Junta

By Leo Reyes
Nov 24, 2010 in Politics
Myanmar's pro democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has criticized India for doing business with Myanmar's military dictators.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner for her peaceful democratic advocacy, once lived in India in the 1980's. Suu Kyi said India was her supporter in her quest for freedom and democracy for the long-suffering people of Burma, now known as Myanmar.
Suu Kyi was released two weeks ago after spending 15 of the past 21 years in captivity in Myanmar.
AFP reports:
"I am saddened with India. I would like to have thought that India would be standing behind us. That it would have followed in the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and (India's first prime minister) Jawaharlal Nehru," Suu Kyi told the Indian Express.
"I do not oppose relations with the Generals but I hope that the Indian government would talk to us as well," she said.
In July, Than Shwe, Myanmar's military ruler, visited India and was given a warm welcome by the Indian government.
The visit drew outrage from human rights groups who said India reneged on its democratic advocacy .
In his recent visit to India, US president Barack Obama criticized India for failing to condemn human rights abuses in Myanmar.
"When peaceful democratic movements are suppressed, as they have been in Burma (Myanmar), then the democracies of the world cannot remain silent," Obama told the Indian parliament.
Suu Kyi, who has just been reunited with her son after almost a decade of separation, said she wants to communicate with her supporters through the social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.
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