Nobel laureate and pro-democracy icon, Aung San Suu Kyi would be visiting India next week for the first time since being elected to the Myanmar Parliament following her party National League of Democracy's clean sweep of the historic by-elections, which were held in April.
The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday said that Suu Kyi would be arriving on November 13 after an invitation from UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. She will be delivering the Nehru Memorial Lecture on the occasion of the birth Anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on November 14.
“The friendly relations between India and Myanmar have strengthened in the recent past through exchanges of high level visits, including the state visits of the president of Myanmar to India in October 2011 and the prime minister of India to Myanmar in May 2012. The visit of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi would be part of our ongoing engagement with the democratic and multi-party polity in Myanmar. It would provide opportunity to exchange views on all matters of mutual interest with a view of building upon the positive momentum in India-Myanmar relations,” the Ministry of External Affairs said on Friday.
Suu Kyi would be in India till November 18 and will have a busy schedule. She will be calling on the vice president, prime minister, speaker of the Lok Sabha and the external affairs minister. “She will pay tributes at the samadhis of Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in New Delhi.”
She will visit her alma mater, Lady Sri Ram College, where she will interact with the faculty and students and later 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. She is also scheduled to tour rural areas in Andhra Pradesh to gain a first hand impression of the rural development and women’s empowerment programmes undertaken in India.
“Daw Aung San Suu Kyi spent several years in India during her early days when her mother Daw Khin Yi was an Ambassador to India. She also spent some time as a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study in Shimla in 1987,” the MEA said.