India was aloof in our hard days: Suu Kyi

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Suu Kyi also said that Mahatma Gandhi and Nehru were the two Indian leaders to whom she felt "closest" and remembered the former PM as a "father figure". She also recalled that Nehru had looked after her mother after Aung San was assassinated — once going to the Delhi railway station to meet her.

The Myanmar leader also talked of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and his Indian National Army, as well as his brother Sarat Chandra Bose who had contributed to Burma's struggle for independence.

Pointing out that Mahatma Gandhi had once said that Motilal Nehru's love for the country came from the love for his son Jawaharlal, she said: "This led me to think if my love for my country comes from my love for my father."

Talking of Nehru's Discovery of India, Suu Kyi said she had copied powerful writings on "law and order" from the book and pasted them at the entrance to her home during her house arrest. Concluding her speech, she said that the "discovery of Nehru" was a "discovery of myself".

Sonia Gandhi in her address described Suu Kyi's five-day visit as "something of a homecoming" and told the democracy leader that she was the "worthy inheritor" of a "noble father's legacy".

"As in the case of Mahatma Gandhi, her life is her message," Sonia said. "You have been the keeper of Mahatma Gandhi's flame in your own country... To stand alone against power, whatever the cost, even to the point of defying the pointed rifle, requires extraordinary inner strength and resolve. To do so, not in order to acquire power or high office, but to empower a whole people, is even more heroic."

Suu Kyi, who arrived on Tuesday, also met Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai. They discussed Myanmar's domestic issues, though it was not clear whether the Rohingyas dispute came up.

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