Suu Kyi: A two headed snake


Suu Kyi: The laureate vs the politician

She has mastered the art of speaking in multiple voices. For a laureate it’s embarrassing

Aung San Suu Kyi, the iconic peace laureate, has transformed into a clever, possibly crafty, politician. I mourn the loss of her old persona although I’m not yet sure what to make of her new avatar. Politicians are not moral actors. They’re pragmatic practitioners of realpolitik. So there’s no point viewing Suu Kyi in terms of what she was; we need to judge her in the light of what she has become.   Seen this way, her speech last Tuesday was revealing. On broad general issues it was reassuring, but on the specific question of the Rohingyas it had little to offer. At …

By Karan Thapar