The Iron Lady of Manipur is Irom Chanu Sharmila. Also known as Mengoubi, in the local language; which means the fair one, is on an on-going hunger strike.
She opposes the AFSPA presence in the North Indian states. After the Malcolm massacre incident in November 2000, which killed 10 people and severely injured 42 others. In 1958 this law was applied to the 7 north eastern states wherein, the armed forces could arrest people or search places without a warrant on the basis of terrorism suspicion. (Armed Forces Special Powers Act)
The armed forces however, open fired on the people standing at the bus stop where, 10 were killed leaving others injured. They were also responsible for a lot of political unrest in the region.
To oppose this and to make the government withdraw the AFSPA, Sharmila vowed to not eat and drink till the law was withdrawn. A nasogastric intubation was put to her the same month to keep her alive.
To break her spirit she was arrested under the pretext of “attempt to commit suicide”. Really!!! I wonder where was this clause when Kanahiya Kumar announced fasting against the action taken by the authorities?! Since her arrest and release, she has been arrested and released almost every year since her fast began.
But, this lady is really made of iron, she did not deter, she stayed on her ground. She has received a lot of recognition since then. A lot of political parties have approached her, to join them, but she never cashed her interests for politics. As she is truly against it! Unlike people, who cause unrest and call it intolerance.
This act is still ruled in the states and I strongly oppose to them. Such acts do not help the political situation for the common man. I wish I had the will of iron just like our Iron lady! I can just hope her wish is fulfilled and people can see sensibility in her crazy love for her people!