March 4, 2021

Aung San Suu Kyi: Rise and fall of Myanmar’s revolutionary hero turned ‘arrogant’ ruler

The virtues that once made Aung San Suu Kyi a saint of non-violent struggle led to a dramatic fall from grace in power – but she is still the most potent threat to Myanmar’s would-be military dictators.The daughter of General Aung San, a national hero widely credited with winning Burmese independence from British rule, Ms Suu Kyi always projected a sense of destiny – critics might call it entitlement – to lead her country.Following a military coup in Myanmar on Monday morning, however, the nation’s controversial figurehead was detained in an early morning raid – later urging her followers to take to the streets in protest.Ms Suu Kyi was only two years old when her father was assassinated in 1947, and she was largely raised overseas by her diplomat mother.After a privileged upbringing in India and the UK, Ms Suu Kyi studied politics, philosophy and economics at the University of Oxford before settling down with her husband, the historian Michael Aris, in Britain.

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