Aung San Suu Kyi: A pilgrim’s progress

There was a time when to criticise Aung San Suu Kyi was to court a firestorm of angry responses from her worldwide legion of supporters, who ranged from radical Burmese activists to conservative Western officials. She was considered by many to be without fault and without peer.

That situation has now changed, as the Burmese opposition leader has gone from being a democracy icon to a practicing politician, a process that has obliged her to adopt public positions on a wide range of contentious issues. Criticisms are now being leveled at Aung San Suu Kyi from many quarters, both within Burma and outside it. Questions have even been raised about her future leadership role, something that would have been unthinkable not long ago.


Dr Andrew Selth takes a more critical look at how this popular leader has made changes in the last few years.


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