Congratulations to Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma

Prior to the Government of India Act 1935 British imperialists had ruled Burma as a part of India. Through the 1935 Act Burma was formally separated from “British” India and it failed to develop as a democratic state. The country gained independence from Britain on 4 January 1948 but it suffered a coup d’état on 2 March 1962 and the junta has ruled ever since.

Free at last

Aung San Suu Kyi was released six days after Burma held elections on 7 November 2010; its first in two decades. The elections were won by junta-backed parties, but have been condemned as unfair. She has been in detention since 1990.

Suu Kyi who has spent 15 of the last 21 years either under house arrest or in prison was magnanimous and she said yesterday to a crowd outside the National League for Democracy’s (NLD) – her party’s – headquarters in Rangoon that “There is no reason to lose heart”.

The National League for Democracy (NLD) won the election in 1990 but the military disallowed it from taking power. She has been under house arrest or in prison almost continually ever since.

The military released Ms Suu Kyi when her sentence ended on Saturday. Her lawyer said that there were no conditions attached to her release.

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