New Delhi: (NVONews.Com) With India-educated President Hamid Karzai already in the country another leader of a neighbouring nation, Myanmar, who spent quite a few years on the campus in New Delhi and went on to win Nobel Prize arrived here on Diwali day on Tuesday.
The Chairperson of the National League of Democracy of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, arrived here on her first visit to India in about four decades. She is here at the invitation of the Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who is also the chairperson of Nehru Memorial Fund.
In her six day visit between Nov 13 and 18 she will be meeting Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and also deliver the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Lecture on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on November 14. Suu Kyi is a recipient of got the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding in 1992.
She is also scheduled to call on Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid.
If Hamid Karzai got his education in Shimla, Suu Kyi studied in Lady Sri Ram College. She will also visit her alma mater, where she will interact with the faculty and students. Apart from that she would visit The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in Gurgaon.
Besides her engagements in Delhi, she will be travelling to Bangalore where she will visit the Indian Institute of Science and the Infosys Campus.
Apart from her college days Suu Kyi had spent several years in the country during her early days when her mother Daw Khin Yi was Ambassador to India in 1960, that is, beforew the military took over of Myanmar. She also spent some time as a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study in Shimla.
Myanmar, known for its five decades of isolation, is now opening up. Its military leaders recently visited the United States, India and other countries. After a prolong house arrest Suu Kyi too has been allowed to visit several western countries.
The visit of Suu Kyi, when Myanmar is showing sign of democratization, is very crucial to the stability of the region. After all the country’s proclivity towards China has a long history.
She will fly to Bangalore where she will visit the Indian Institute of Science and the Infosys.
She will also travel to Andhra Pradesh, where rural development minister Jairam Ramesh will provide her with a glimpse of steps taken to ensure rural and women empowerment.