London: Myanmar's pro-democracy icon and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday said India should do more to support the democratic movement in her country instead of putting its trade and strategic interests in the forefront.

In a discussion after delivering the previously recorded Reith Lecture titled 'Securing freedom,' 66-year-old Suu Kyi told that she expected India to be committed to democratic principles for which it was known and to do more to support the democracy movement in Burma.

Asked by political writer Timothy Garden Ash if she expected "the country of Gandhi" to do more to support the non-violent movement, Suu Kyi said, "Oh certainly, I think so, and I say that ad nauseum.

"I say that they should be firmly rooted in the democratic principles instead of putting trade and strategic interests at the forefront."

The second part of her lecture will be broadcasted next Tuesday.

The annual Reith Lectures are named after the BBC's first director-general, Lord John Reith.

In the lecture, Suu Kyi reflected on her own experience under house arrest in Myanmar and explored the universal human aspiration to be free and the spirit which drives people to dissent.

She also commented on the Arab Spring, comparing the event that triggered last December's revolution in Tunisia with the death of a student during a protest in Myanmar in 1988.

Replying to another question, she said that India has "a lot more to do with the government (in Myanmar) than we would wish them to."

Suu Kyi referred to the Indian National Congress and its key role in the struggle for India's freedom in response to another question on how opposition movements such as her National League for Democracy (NLD) function and survive in authoritarian regimes.

She said, "I think a lot of people forget how very young the NLD is. For example, if we think about the ANC or the Indian National Congress during the Indian struggle for independence, they were old established parties which had had a long time to work out their difficulties."

She added, "I think dissent within dissenters is very normal and natural because life is difficult, we have to struggle; and when we have to struggle and life is difficult, people start disagreeing with each other as to the way out of the problems.”

"And to depend on one or a few leaders is not so unusual either. This tends to happen in young movements and although we have been going on for more than 20 years, in comparison with many movements like ours, we are still a young movement and we're learning all the time.”

"We're still in the first generation in a way. When we get to the second generation, we'll be much better. But I hope that we'll get to democracy before we get to the second generation." Suu Kyi said.

June 28 (PTI)