PM's gift to Myanmar State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today presented Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi a special reproduction of the original research proposal that she had submitted for a fellowship at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study at Shimla in May 1986.
The research proposal was titled "The Growth and Development of Burmese and Indian Intellectual Traditions Under Colonialism: A Comparative Study."
In the proposal she had stated, “Burmese literature under the influence of western colonial rule developed two main characteristics: first, a simplified, modern written idiom and second, literary movements strongly allied to social and political aspirations.  The proposed study would concentrate on the second aspect and draw comparisons with the Indian situation.
“The early Burmese nationalist movements were closely linked to those of  India with which Burma shared a common colonial government until 1937 and during the 1920s, such political concepts as Swaraj, Swadeshi and Satyagraha captured the interest of many Burmese leaders,” she added.
“However, as the thirties progressed, popular nationalist movements in Burma began to acquire a character increasingly distinct from those of India.
"This divergence was in part the result of the fact that the Burmese did not wholly understand nor accept the philosophy behind Indian political strategy due to the differences in the intellectual traditions of the two countries,” she said.


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