Myanmar opposition leader calls for empowering people with responsibilities
KATHMANDU, June 14 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has called for empowering people by giving them responsibilities at a conference of the relevance of social democracy in the contemporary world here Saturday.
"Our people had got used to decades where the government decided everything for them. It is not simply that people had no rights, they had no responsibilities," said the Nobel laureate, who observed that respecting people is not just about recognizing their rights but also their responsibilities.
Suu Kyi arrived in Kathmandu on Friday afternoon on a four-day visit.
The Myanmar opposition leader said Saturday that nations should start looking at the basics again, exploring the meaning of democracy and the role of the government.
"Unless we can achieve a system on the basis of equality and inclusiveness, we will not be able to forge unity under diversity, " she said.
As a chief guest of the function, Suu Kyi said that democracy and development agenda should go hand-in-hand for social development and political stability.
"If we wish to achieve genuine development, we should consider whether or not this development will enhance the human spirit or if it will diminish it," she said.
Myanmar, like Nepal, is a country of many ethnic groups. According to the Nobel laureate, equality and inclusiveness are preconditions to democracy and to a strong, united nation.
"People must be able to take part in this decision making, not just through periodic elections, but also through the day to day involvement in the development of the country. Inclusiveness is one of the most important ingredients of genuine social democracy, " she said.
Suu Kyi is no stranger to Nepal. Her mother was Myanmar's ambassador to India and Nepal in 1960, and she lived for a time in both countries.
Suu Kyi's father, General Aung San, had been in close contact with Nepal's revered democracy and independence icon B P Koirala. Both the leaders were proponents of socialist international movement in Asia.