Who is Aung San Suu Kyi: She is a 67-Year-old politician in Asian country of Burma where she has spent more than 20 years in detention including house arrest due to oppression by military rule in Burma against her demands for democracy in the country. She founded National League for Democracy (NLD) in 1989 when she was shortly put under house arrest by the military rule. In 1991, her party, NLD secured an overwhelming victory in the elections after military junta (official name for military rule in Burma where junta is derived from a Spanish word meaning a board or conference) called for general elections. Her party had in its kitty 80% seats, paving a clear way for her to become the Prime Minister. She herself did not contest elections (she was not allowed to) but Burmese Constitution does not specifically needs PM candidate to be Member of Parliament as well. That was the time when she was devoid of the much deserving post and was put under house arrest again.
She is daughter of General Aung San, who is revered as the fighter for independence of Burma from British. He was assassinated in 1947, the very year when Burma got its independence only six months later after his unfortunate killing. Aung San Suu Kyi’ mother Khin Kyi was a politician too and had even served as Ambassador to India and Nepal. She accompanied her mother to India and holds Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Lady Sri Ram College, New Delhi. Later she backed it up with another Bachelors degree and a PHD from University of London.
Her married life has been tragic with Late Michael Aris, Bhutan based scholar of Tibetan studies. She met her husband for the last time in 1995, the period when she was undergoing house arrest as after that her husband was not given visa by Junta and he died of prostrate cancer in 1999.
What did Aung San Suu Kyi do: She is in the news these days due to a by-election she was contesting in Burma, which she has eventually won on 1st April, 2012.She was released from house arrest in 2010.Her party National League for Democracy is the opposition party in Burmese which now has a ban imposed on itself for contesting elections revoked. These were essentially by-elections while election last happened in Burma in 2010.Out of the 664 seats, majority of the seats lie with Union Solidarity and Development Party which is backed by military. These by-elections are anyway a major breakthrough for Burmese politics as popular leader Aung San Suu Kyi has managed to deliver a great victory of the coveted Member of Parliament seat.