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Nov 15, 2012 at 09:34am IST

Lady Shri Ram College gears up to welcome Aung San Suu Kyi

New Delhi: It’s day 3 of Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's India's visit. She will be meeting External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Thursday. On Friday, Suu Kyi will be heading to her college Lady Shri Ram College where she learnt the first lessons of democracy.

“We are happy to believe that we may have contributed in some way to her in a sense her own grammar of politics. We would like to believe that but we learn a great deal from her. So here is an example of a student who teaches the community where she's supposed to have studied,” says the principal of the college.

Suu Kyi studied here years back but her achievements are hardly a miss by the current batch of students. Vanshika, a student, says, “We are excited more so for the ideology she has followed throughout her life and she has inspired all of us to that leap and not be crippled under fear.” Sudharshana, another student, says, “We can't imagine that we will get to see her. Since you enter college you keep on hearing of a lot of alumni and off course the heights that she's reached.”

Suu Kyi’s classmate and childhood friend Malvika Karlekar is also expected at the function. She recounts her days with Suu Kyi by saying, “Suu became the President of the debating society. She wrote this wonderful play on Antony and Cleaopatra where all acted whether we could or not. She was wildly popular in Orford.”

As Aung San Suu Kyi comes back to her college after almost 5 decades, she brings along with her years of experience in democracy and human rights. But more than that, it will be like coming back to the basics when she meets her teachers who taught her what these principles mean.