Gandhi, Nehru are two Indian leaders I feel closest: Suu Kyi
The India-educated pro-democracy icon, who is coming to this country after 25 years, said many of the challenges faced by Gandhi and Nehru along the path to India's independence were the ones her movement had been facing over the course of its struggle which will mark its quarter century next year.
"The survival of their relationship, which was both personal and political, inspite of their many differences is one of the triumphs of Indian politics," Suu Kyi said delivering the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Lecture, 17 years after she was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru memorial Prize in 1995, the year she was released from her first house arrest.
67-year-old Suu Kyi, whose father General Aung San – regarded as Myanmar's independence hero -- was a personal friend of Nehru, last visited India in 1987 when she travelled to Shimla to join her husband Michael Aris, who was studying in the hill station.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi in her address described Suu Kyi's five-day visit as "something of homecoming" and told the democracy leader that she was the "worthy inheritor" of a "noble father's legacy."
Sonia said Suu Kyi's vision of politics as an "ethical calling" has inspired people the world over.
"As in the case of Mahatma Gandhi, her life is her message," Sonia
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