Suu Kyi: No one told me I was going to be interviewed by a Muslim

“No one told me I was going to be interviewed by a Muslim,” she was heard muttering after the interview with BBC Today presenter Mishal Husain, according to a new book.

By: Agencies | New Delhi | Updated: March 26, 2016 12:09 pm
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Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi lost her composure and made an anti-Muslim remark about a BBC presenter after she was grilled about Myanmar’s violence-hit Rohingya Muslims. “No one told me I was going to be interviewed by a Muslim,” she was heard muttering after the interview with BBC Today presenter Mishal Husain, according to a new book.

Suu Kyi, who led her National League for Democracy party to a historic win in Myanmar’s November 8 elections, made the off-air comment about Husain after losing her temper during an interview where Husain asked her to condemn anti-Islamic sentiment, British newspaper The Telegraph reported.

Pakistani-origin Mishal Husain, 43, is the first Muslim presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. The comments were revealed in Peter Popham’s new book ‘The Lady And The Generals: Aung San Suu Kyi And Burma’s Struggle For Freedom’.

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During the interview, the 70-year-old global peace icon refused to condemn anti-Islamic violence of Rohingya Muslims despite being repeatedly asked to do so by the BBC Today presenter.

Her response, according to The Telegraph, was: “I think there are many, many Buddhists who have also left the country for various reasons… This is a result of our sufferings under a dictatorial regime.”

Tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims of Rakhine state have fled poverty and persecution in western Myanmar since religious violence erupted there in 2012, prompting international calls for investigation into what some analysts called “strong evidence” of genocide.

Last year Suu Kyi faced criticism for not speaking out in defence of the persecuted Muslim minority. Buddhist nationalist activists, including some firebrand monks, had whipped up anti-Muslim sentiments during a charged election campaign.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International urged Aung San Suu Kyi and her party’s new government to release all political prisoners when they take office next week, saying Thursday that Myanmar’s historic transition is an opportunity to break away from the repression of the former junta rule.

“Myanmar’s legal framework reads like a textbook of repression, and authorities have in recent years increasingly used it to silence dissent,” Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s Southeast Asia director, said.

Serious questions remain unanswered about the new government’s power to improve human rights given that the constitution keeps several key institutions under the military’s control.

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First Published on: March 26, 2016 2:00 am
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    axarma
    Mar 26, 2016 at 8:54 pm
    BBC should ask stan to allow the Myanmar's Muslims to settle in stan; there are active programmes by Muslim clerics funded by stan and wealthy Arab states to marginalise the Buddhists to dominate Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. India need to strengthen it diplomatic and cultural ties in this region before tensions blow up as it is happening in Europe.
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      Amit
      Mar 26, 2016 at 2:38 pm
      दिल्ली के डॉक्टर नारंग को कटुओ ने इसीलिए मार डाला क्योकि होली का रंग कटुओ पर पड़ गया था. कोई कटुआ मरा होता तो पूरा मीडिया और नेता रांड की तरह रो रहे होते . लेकिन अब वो खबर ही गायब हो गयी. मुझे यह मीडिया सांप्रदायिक बना रहा है.
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        Amit
        Mar 26, 2016 at 2:39 pm
        दिल्ली के डॉक्टर नारंग को कटुओ ने इसीलिए मार डाला क्योकि होली का रंग कटुओ पर पड़ गया था. कोई कटुआ मरा होता तो पूरा मीडिया और नेता रांड की तरह रो रहे होते . लेकिन अब वो खबर ही गायब हो गयी. मुझे यह मीडिया सांप्रदायिक बना रहा है.,,
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          Amit
          Mar 26, 2016 at 2:39 pm
          दिल्ली के डॉक्टर नारंग को कटुओ ने इसीलिए मार डाला क्योकि होली का रंग कटुओ पर पड़ गया था. कोई कटुआ मरा होता तो पूरा मीडिया और नेता रांड की तरह रो रहे होते . लेकिन अब वो खबर ही गायब हो गयी. मुझे यह मीडिया सांप्रदायिक बना रहा है.,,,,
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            Amit
            Mar 26, 2016 at 2:39 pm
            दिल्ली के डॉक्टर नारंग को कटुओ ने इसीलिए मार डाला क्योकि होली का रंग कटुओ पर पड़ गया था. कोई कटुआ मरा होता तो पूरा मीडिया और नेता रांड की तरह रो रहे होते . लेकिन अब वो खबर ही गायब हो गयी. मुझे यह मीडिया सांप्रदायिक बना रहा है.,,,,,,,,
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              Amit
              Mar 26, 2016 at 2:38 pm
              दिल्ली के डॉक्टर नारंग को कटुओ ने इसीलिए मार डाला क्योकि होली का रंग कटुओ पर पड़ गया था. कोई कटुआ मरा होता तो पूरा मीडिया और नेता रांड की तरह रो रहे होते . लेकिन अब वो खबर ही गायब हो गयी. मुझे यह मीडिया सांप्रदायिक बना रहा है..
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                Amit
                Mar 26, 2016 at 2:38 pm
                दिल्ली के डॉक्टर नारंग को कटुओ ने इसीलिए मार डाला क्योकि होली का रंग कटुओ पर पड़ गया था. कोई कटुआ मरा होता तो पूरा मीडिया और नेता रांड की तरह रो रहे होते . लेकिन अब वो खबर ही गायब हो गयी. मुझे यह मीडिया सांप्रदायिक बना रहा है....
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                  Amit
                  Mar 26, 2016 at 2:39 pm
                  दिल्ली के डॉक्टर नारंग को कटुओ ने इसीलिए मार डाला क्योकि होली का रंग कटुओ पर पड़ गया था. कोई कटुआ मरा होता तो पूरा मीडिया और नेता रांड की तरह रो रहे होते . लेकिन अब वो खबर ही गायब हो गयी. मुझे यह मीडिया सांप्रदायिक बना रहा है......
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                    Amit
                    Mar 26, 2016 at 2:39 pm
                    दिल्ली के डॉक्टर नारंग को कटुओ ने इसीलिए मार डाला क्योकि होली का रंग कटुओ पर पड़ गया था. कोई कटुआ मरा होता तो पूरा मीडिया और नेता रांड की तरह रो रहे होते . लेकिन अब वो खबर ही गायब हो गयी. मुझे यह मीडिया सांप्रदायिक बना रहा है.......
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                      Amit
                      Mar 26, 2016 at 2:39 pm
                      दिल्ली के डॉक्टर नारंग को कटुओ ने इसीलिए मार डाला क्योकि होली का रंग कटुओ पर पड़ गया था. कोई कटुआ मरा होता तो पूरा मीडिया और नेता रांड की तरह रो रहे होते . लेकिन अब वो खबर ही गायब हो गयी. मुझे यह मीडिया सांप्रदायिक बना रहा है........
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                        Amit
                        Mar 26, 2016 at 2:39 pm
                        दिल्ली के डॉक्टर नारंग को कटुओ ने इसीलिए मार डाला क्योकि होली का रंग कटुओ पर पड़ गया था. कोई कटुआ मरा होता तो पूरा मीडिया और नेता रांड की तरह रो रहे होते . लेकिन अब वो खबर ही गायब हो गयी. मुझे यह मीडिया सांप्रदायिक बना रहा है........,,
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                          Dumping.mud.on.themselves
                          Mar 26, 2016 at 3:30 am
                          The Hindu Muslim divide is being created by Brahmins. Hindus do not have any part. COWards called brahmins cannot fight Muslims. So they are COWardy provoking Muslims, hiding behind the veil of Hinduism and instigating violence against each other. They think they are using scoundrel Chanakya's cleverness, only to learn later that their cleverness resulted in their annihilation.
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                            Avinash Rangra
                            Mar 26, 2016 at 12:45 am
                            BBC in my opinion stands for Bakbaas Broadcasting Service.
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                              Ajitdada
                              Mar 26, 2016 at 4:13 am
                              Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand all have rejected these Muslim rohingya. Mishaal Husein should dare to ask the question to Saudi Arabia, stan for not helping rohingya. No one wants muslims as they sow the seeds of disintegration of society.
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                                Ajitdada
                                Mar 26, 2016 at 4:15 am
                                The best insult muslims deserved. People are loosing patience with these pigs.
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                                  IndianWellWisher
                                  Mar 26, 2016 at 4:13 am
                                  Had too much alcohol? No Brahmins in Burma Wake up
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                                    MyTake
                                    Mar 26, 2016 at 8:43 am
                                    She said this because Muslim always like to bring politics into everything even if it is not their job!
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                                      U.Thant
                                      Mar 26, 2016 at 2:03 am
                                      During Rig Vedic period Burma was called Brahma. But the name somehow changed to BurHma during Yajur VeDIK period. SO BURMA BELONGS TO BAHRAT. So Bahat should occupy BurHma. Too. RSS SHOULD START TO WORK ON THAT. BEST WAY IS TI SEND RSS WITH CHADDIS AND PEOPLE OF BURHMA WILL RUNAWAY IMMEDIATELY. What do you say BRUHMINS?
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                                        Rovi
                                        Mar 26, 2016 at 11:29 am
                                        So one more country against muslims....yes.... It is happening now..... Quayamat se quayamat tak
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                                          Yogesh
                                          Mar 26, 2016 at 6:35 am
                                          Yazidi girls raped 24x7 and forced into conversion - that's the Muslim way .
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                                            Vikrant
                                            Mar 26, 2016 at 6:10 am
                                            1992 was the result of more than 30000 mandirs that were destro by muslims and millions of hindus killed by muslim invaders. You should thank ur stars that hindus are not maniac butchers like muslims
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