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Bridging the Trust Deficit

Democracy does not mean ‘licence’; in a more substantive manner it stands for ‘responsibility’ ”. These were the words of the Nobel laureate and advocate of democracy Aung San Suu Kyi when we met at her residence at Nay Pyi Taw on just the day before the national convention of National League for Democracy (NLD) was to begin in Yangon. She dismissed the populist policies of the government as unwarranted and reflecting the immaturity of the regime. She seemed to be apprehensive about power politics and said,

the fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it in all societies. It is this relationship between those who wield power and those who are subject to it that has widened the trust deficit. We need to create a society in which people can fulfil the basic requirements necessary for the preservation of human dignity.

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