Aung San Suu Kyi Hides Her Face From Facebook

11 Jun

On her own Facebook page Aung San Suu Kyi is described as Burma’s democracy leader,and Nobel Laureate  who symbolizes the struggle of Burma’s people to be free. The page on Aung San Suu Kyi is liked by 13285  people till date and it is discussed by 14772. Articles published in Merinews by the present writer and many others are accommodated in that site. There are many rare photos of Aung San Suu Kyi in the Facebook Page .  We get a lot of information about her from the page.Suu Kyi is to receive Amnesty Award from Bono in Dublin.  We know about the NLD’s child care programme, Senator John MacCain’s visit to NLD Headquarter last year, the golden moment of the Day of Release on Nov 13 last year and other remarkable incidents of her life. In this page of Facebook we have the rare picture of Suu Kyi being awarded Freedom of the City of Brighton and Hove in the UK. She is photographed with Geoff Wells of Brighton Council and Anna Roberts , Executive Director of Burma Campaign Uk.   We know that she has been the Guest Director of the Brighton Festival on May 8,2011. In the interview published in The Guardian she says : “ I’ve always tried to explain democracy is not perfect. But it gives you a chance to shape your own destiny.” We come to know from a tag about the documentary film on her  , called  “BURMA SOLDIER” which  provides a rare glimpse of a brutal dictatorship seen through the eyes of a courageous former soldier who, quite literally swapped sides. The documentary offers an exclusive and rare perspective, from inside the heart and mind of a man who lays bare an understanding of a brutal regime. On January 21, Aung San Suu Kyi had finally had internet access installed at home after her years of isolation were brought to an end two months ago.Her security chief Win Htein told AFP that the opposition leader was “glad” to be able to go online at her lakeside mansion in Rangoon and would use the technology to contact her network of supporters.“But she cannot use the internet now as she is not feeling well and is coughing,” he said. It is believed that the Nobel laureate has never before surfed the web.

This internet phobia still persists in Aung San Suu Kyi. Under Myanmar’s previous military junta ,her connections with internet were blocked by a government firewall from accessing many sites. She is still scared of such internet sites. However, she says that she is too busy to use the social sites such as Facebook. She is bullish about Freedom but not so sure about Facebook. It may be remembered here that her Facebook is one of the most visited page ever. She had some Gandhian touch in her. At Sevagram ashram of Gandhi there was no electricity , no telephone connectivity. Similarly, in the house arrest period of 22 years, Suu Kyi too did not have even a telephone. Asked if she is not computer savvy in using the Facebook, the Burmese icon of freedom says that it is not an issue with adjusting, but a matter of finding time. What more she has said is also interesting. She says :” Mind you , you never know what will happen  with the technological  revolution.Facebook may be old hat  tomorrow . In that case , Iwon’t go on Facebook.” .



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