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The Lady and the Peacock

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Ned from Britain to Burma to nurse her sick mother but within six months found herself the unchallenged leader of the largest popular revolt in her country's history When the party she co founded won a landslide victory in Burma's first free elections for thirty years she was already under house arrest and barred from taking office by the military juntaSince then 'The Lady' has set about transforming her country ethically as well as politically di This is a stirring if a bit detached biography of Aung San Suu Kyi As she currently runs for office with newly arranged elections in Myanmar her country has been difficult and taken a toll on her life Aung San Suu Kyi was born after World War II as her father was negotiating liberation from Great Britain At age 3 her father Aung San was assassinated by rivals one year before the freedom he had been fighting for was reality Eventually Aung San Suu Kyi and her older brothers with their mother left for India where she grew up in privileged boarding schools She was able to see how Mahatma Gandhi led the Indian people to freedom with Neru and other supporters Later she moved to Britain where she attended Oxford married a British husband and had two children Aung San Suu Kyi never lost her Burmese language or culture because she spoke it with her family and visited there yearly Eventually her mother returned to live there She was aware of the turmoil and military rule of SLORC but promised not to get involved in government in order to visit In 1988 the junta announced elections and Aung San Suu Kyi returned to care for her mother She eventually announced plans to form a party Winning elections by a landslide the junta detained her and tried to force her to leave Her children went back to Britain and were not allowed back Her husband had to leave From 1990 to 1995 she was detained under house arrest She was freed and allowed to travel through Rangoon She constantly tried to move freely through the country but was prevented In 1996 her motorcade was attacked and there was an attempt to assassinate her 200 followers died but she survived The book details all major aspects of Aung San's life but because of the reluctance of Aung San to favor biographers the author has only a limited sense of her as a person Most of the 2000s she was under severe detention where very few saw or spoke to her She was suddenly released in 2011 and even the Secretary of State has been able to see her Myanmar has pledged to change

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Splaying dazzling courage in the process Under house arrest for 15 of the previous 20 years she has come close to being killed by her political enemies and her commitment to peaceful revolution has come at extreme personal costIn November 2010 after fraudulent elections in which she played no part Suu Kyi was again freed She was greeted by ecstatic crowds but only time will tell what role this remarkable woman will have in the future of her countr The Definitive Biography of Aung San Suu KyiHow did Aung San Suu Kyi become one of the world’s most admired figures an advocate of Gandhian style nonviolent opposition to the radical Socialist tyrannical military dictatorship that has ruled Burma for decades? In Peter Popham’s definitive biography of her “The Lady and The Peacock The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi” he describes how a shy academically oriented daughter “The Lady” of Burma’s “George Washington” or “Simon Bolivar” Aung San would become a living symbol of the democratic aspirations of her fellow Burmans He takes us on a compelling riveting journey spanning decades from her birth to the present noting how Aung San Suu Kyi was greatly influenced by the British oriented education she received in India and in Great Britain the latter at one of Oxford University’s newer colleges – and realizing that she had an obligation to her late father and her mother – who was Burma’s ambassador to India during much of Suu Kyi’s youth – in affirming the democratic aspirations of her people even as she spent years away from Burma residing in India Great Britain and the United States Popham’s book is also an excellent account of the rise and fall of “The Peacock” the National League of Democracy – the political party created by Suu Kyi and several other notable Burmese dissidents – in which many of its leading figures have been imprisoned or forced into exile by the Burmese government In other words Popham has written an important uite insightful account of modern Burmese history as seen through the eyes of Suu Kyi and her colleagues in the National League of Democracy I salute Popham for giving us a most comprehensive account on the life and career of a person whose nonviolent opposition towards her government continues to inspire many across the globe

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Peter Popham's major new biography of Aung San Suu Kyi draws upon previously untapped testimony and fresh revelations to tell the story of a woman whose bravery and determination have captivated people around the globe Celebrated today as one of the world's greatest exponents of non violent political defiance since Mahatma Gandhi she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize only four years after her first experience of politicsIn April 1988 Suu Kyi retur The Lady and the Peacock The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma by Peter Popham is a biography of the current State Councillor akin to PM of Myanmar and a figure of great interest in the West Suu Kyi is the daughter of the founder of BurmaMyanmar Aung San who united the country against British colonial rule fought with the Japanese in WWII and eventually came out as President of the country only to be assassinated mere months into his term After this various military juntas ruled the country and this trend has continued right up to the easing of control in 2016 Suu Kyi's mother was a low level politician with duties in the Foreign Affairs sphere of Myanmar ostentatiously to see her removed from Myanmar proper Suu Kyi left the country and settled in the United Kingdom for many years married a local professor on Bhutanese culture and was involved in academic circles in the UK She returned to Myanmar to care for her sick mother and became embroiled in local political troubles during the 8888 uprising which was forcefully put down by the military regime with hundreds killed Suu Kyi became the focal point for those hoping for a democratic transition of political power in Myanmar This was because of her background as the daughter of Aung San At first she was reluctant to become involved as she was a wife and mother of two kids in the UK However she was won over to the democratic cause and formed the National League for Democracy NLD as a political party and struggle group in Myanmar She began to meet with local politicians military leaders and civilians in Yangon formerly Rangoon and traveled the country meeting with local peoples across Myanmar This led to the 1990's general election which the military held to try and claim legitimacy for their rule The NLD one a large majority of seats 80% with 59% of the popular vote The military then claimed the winning party would not form a government as a constitution for the country needed to be created Suu Kyi and much of the NLD leadership was arrested at this time Suu Kyi would spend much of the following decade under house arrest even though her husband in the UK suffered a terrible illness and passed away The book ends basically with her in house arrest it was written before her release and subseuent elevation to high political status in Myanmar I will be frank by saying I did not enjoy this book Popham's account pf Suu Kyi is sometimes interesting but feels disjointed His biography is glowing in its account sometimes bafflingly so Popham refers to Suu Kyi as saintly Gandhi like and references her great beauty numerous times He focuses solely on perceived character traits and little on actions facts or even politics His references to her physical appearance her dress and so on seems insulting to a politician The book also fails in my opinion from its lack of political information Suu Kyi is leader of a political party that struggled for many years to gain legitimacy in the eyes of Myanmar's ruling elite Why is their so little information on the inner workings of the NLD? Why so little information on Suu Kyi's strategic thought? Most of the book is on her travels throughout Myanmar and has little to do with Myanmar's political history I may be spoiled somewhat with the uality of biography I have been reading of late but Popham's book did not sit well with me Although there are some interesting tidbits of information here and there the biography comes off as shallow overly praiseworthy and of little substance Frankly I will recommend a hard skip on this work especially as Suu Kyi's political career in the leadership has just begun as of 2016 She has also become involved in the Rohingya Muslim issues affecting Myanmar as she has failed to criticize the Rohingya massacres and is on record stating Rohingya are not Burmese and do not belong in Myanmar A mixed character at times seeming like Burma's Gandhi and at times like an aristocratic daughter of the former President Suu Kyi is a developing figure who's fascinating career will one day be written about in an excellent biography This one however is not worth the time

  • Paperback
  • 480
  • The Lady and the Peacock
  • Peter Popham
  • English
  • 05 June 2019
  • 9781846042492