Suu Kyi in India

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NEW DELHI – Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived here Tuesday on a six-day visit during which she will meet India’s leaders as well as friends from her school and college days in Delhi.

Nobel laureate Suu Kyi flashed a traditional “namaste” after stepping out of the aircraft that brought her from Yangon.

This will be Suu Kyi’s first visit to India in nearly 40 years, according to newsmagazine Irrawaddy.

An aide told IANS that she will mostly rest Tuesday, enjoying the colourful festival of Diwali, before beginning her engagements Wednesday.

Alana Golmei, coordinator of the Burma Centre Delhi, told IANS: “She will mostly rest after her journey. She has a busy day tomorrow.”

She will start Wednesday by visiting Rajghat and Shantivan, paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, and follow it up with a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

In an interview published in The Hindu newspaper Tuesday, the 67-year-old said she would like to “see my old friends again, just to talk with them, just to be with them”.

Suu Kyi studied at the Convent of Jesus and Mary School and graduated in political science from Lady Shri Ram College, one of Delhi’s most reputed colleges, when her mother was Burma’s envoy to India.

The mother and daughter — Suu Kyi’s father was a friend of Nehru, India’s first prime minister — lived in the 1960s on 24 Akbar Road, now the headquarters of the Congress party.

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