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Suu Kyi visits India for first time in 40 years


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Suu Kyi visits India for first time in 40 years

Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has arrived in India for a week-long trip.

The Nobel Laureate has not been back since she studied in the capital New Delhi almost four decades ago.

As well as visiting her college, she will meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The pro-democracy leader spent many years under house arrest for her opposition to Myanmar’s then military junta.

As country transitions to civilian rule, her travel ban has been lifted and in April she was elected to parliament.

Suu Kyi, who’s now 67, was originally sent to India to study following the assassination of her father – the country’s leader – in 1947. The school she went to is very excited to welcome her back.

“It is a dream that we have had for several years and because she stands as an icon, not just for all womanhood, but also for people who believe in democracy and justice and social responsibility,” said Meenakshi Gopinath from Lady Sri Ram College for Women.

On Sunday, Suu Kyi’s homeland was struck by a 6.8 magnitude earthquake that left dozens of people dead and hundreds injured.

The country is still desperately poor despite widespread reforms that have recently seen Western sanctions rolled back.

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