Democracy is about inclusion: Suu Kyi

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Democracy is about inclusion: Suu Kyi

Jun 14, 2014-

Visiting Myanmar opposition leader and democratic icon Aung San Suu Kyi has

said democracy is all about society and inclusiveness where it should be ensured that all castes, creeds, and groups benefit.

Addressing an international conference on ‘Relevance of Democratic Socialism’ in Kathmandu on Saturday on the occasion of the centenary birth celebration of Nepal’s first elected prime minister, late BP Koirala with whom the Suu Kyi family had special political ties, Suu Kyi said democracy is not only a political system but culture. “In democracy, we not only respect the rights of the citizens but also should think over their responsibilities.”

Some facets of democracy like ensuring the rights, making people more responsible, making society inclusive and building democracy as culture cannot be achieved overnight, she said in a hall jam-packed with national and international listeners, including former prime ministers, ministers, diplomats and top bureaucrats.

Suu Kyi sought an active role of civil society in democracy if it is to strengthen.

“The decision and participation of the people is necessary on every decision of the government on a daily basis,” she said. “In our context, we call the executive as the government but government means legislature, executive and judiciary [combined].”

It would be complicated if democracy is run only by the executive, she said. “A government should embrace all social groups and civil society organisations. “We want to see a government that actually nurtures democracy.”

Suu Kyi  hailed the idea of negotiated compromise undertaken by Nepali politicians while taking big political decisions in Nepal. “The idea of negotiated compromise is praiseworthy and practicable,” she said.

Addressing the seminar, Prime Minister Koirala said that for social democracy to succeed, democratic institutions are indispensable and the people are at the centre of the core functions of a modern state.

“We firmly believe that the enormous creative and spiritual potential of our people and nations are best unleashed in an atmosphere of good governance and institution building,” Suu Kyi said.

Two former prime ministers—Sher Bahadur Deuba and Jhala Nath Khanal—and former deputy prime minister Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar also addressed the seminar.

Suu Kyi arrived on a four-day visit in Kathmandu on Friday at the invitation of Prime Minister Sushil Koirala.

Published: 15-06-2014 08:41

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