Aung San Suu Kyi who emerged as the most popular political figure in Burma against all demographic

(gender and age) social and cultural odds. The daughter of the assassinated Burmese leader, General Aung San, Aung San Suu Kyi is the leading dissident against the military regime that governs and controls Burma. Her campaign for democratic reform immediately took on the aura of Gandhi's campaign for nonviolent civil disobedience. As the leader of the major opposition party, the National League for Democracy, she has become a symbol to the Burmese because of her courage and the sacrifices she made for her belief in democratic principles of government. In 1991 when she was awarded the Nobel Prize for her non-violent struggle for democracy in Burma, she was unable to accept it personally because she was under house arrest for her political activities. To this day, Aung Suu Kyi continues her non-violent demonstrations and remains the military's main target as the leader of the National League for Democracy. Aung Suu Kyi is a non-positional leader. She is determined, courageous and charismatic and controls the crowds through compelling messages and considerable oratory skills. It is not unusual for more than 5,000 people to gather at her home, risking hard punishment to listen to her speak. Her struggle is an extraordinary example of civil courage in Asia. According to some observers, her instant rapport with the Burmese people was due in large part to her striking resemblance to General Aung San, her father and the greatest modern national hero. For the Burmese people, much of Aung San Suu Kyi's power comes from her being a living link to history and very much her father's daughter. The years of house arrest have allowed her to reflect on her destiny and prepared her for her possible future role as the leader of a democratic Burma. Aung Suu Kyi remains her country's best hope for reconciliation between civil and military authority.

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