Saturday, March 31, 2012

Is Aung San Suu Kyi Doing Herself Justice By...

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Aung San Suu Kyi is contesting election in Burma. Should she has stayed as a Human Rights Defender and Activists instead of going into the stressful life of politics especially with a frail health such as she now live with?

Although her health may not be the biggest issue or barrier, but staying away from active office would afford her an increased opportunity of mentoring and raising up the next generation of defenders. This could be more productive for the country and its future than her in office. Achieving an office is obviously an easy thing but the reputation and standard she has set, far surpass an office.

Mr. Mandela of South Africa did the same, but his days as a president is rarely anything to celebrate, in comparison to his days as a humble Human Rights Defender and Activist.

Is selflessness being ignored by someone who has been extremely selfless even unto death? Some argue that these god-like activists proves a point that is symbolical by contesting and achieving political office; but could not going for that office be [even] more symbolical?

Of course, from a Rights point of view, Aung San Suu Kyi is eligible like anyone else to contest offices. And also even more because she has put in everything to make this moment come to fruition when every citizen of Burma can now contest offices in a democratic environment.

Nonetheless, she is onto it and it can only be wished that the reputation she has carved as an activist is not lost in the politicking that is ahead. Of course, it would be great to see a real activists on decision-making tables but the game of office can be equal to the boardroom where good men and women become hawks; only focused on making the kill for survival.

But lets not talk about the party-politics that is a constant and which is about pride and self-righteousness. In party politics, defending the party even in the clear glare of mistakes is of paramount importance especially when the opposition party has taken the right position. But for an activist, free of party reputation and controlling powers, is always able to make the right decision as well as accept corrections.

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