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Irom Sharmila to support Hazare campaign

Iboyaima Laithangbam
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Irom Sharmila being offered candles by her well-wishers on the occasion of Diwali and the completion of 10 years of fasting, at Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital in Imphal on November 05, 2010. File photo: Ritu Raj Konwar
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Irom Sharmila being offered candles by her well-wishers on the occasion of Diwali and the completion of 10 years of fasting, at Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital in Imphal on November 05, 2010. File photo: Ritu Raj Konwar

Irom Sharmila who has been on fast unto death since November 4, 2000, demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, has agreed to extend support to the anti-corruption campaign launched by Anna Hazare.

A decision to this effect was taken by the Justice Peace Foundation in response to a letter from Assam activist Akhil Gogoi. Some representatives of the Foundation will go to New Delhi to participate in the fast.

Ms. Sharmila launched her fast following killing of innocent people by security personnel. She was honoured by several organisations for her campaign. Though she is carrying on the fast, the State and the Central governments have made it clear that it is not possible to repeal the Act, as militants are getting an upper hand. She is now lodged in a hospital room, which has been declared as a sub jail. She survives on nose feeding.

Many circles in Manipur have expressed the view that while New Delhi listened after a few days' fasting by Mr. Hazare, nobody had cared about Ms. Sharmila's fast for such a long time.

Irom Sharmila's fast is not reported in many newspapers (I haven't so far come across it in the regional language newspapers so far. Only some English newspapers seem to report it. Why not 'The Hindu' drop the campaign to abolish death penalty (an ideas whose time has not yet come in India) and take up a campaign to abolish/revoke AFSPA? Anna hazare's campaign and Irom Sharmila's campaign do not compare. It is not fair to conclude that one is favoured while another is ignored.

from:  yogesh kulkarni
Posted on: Sep 1, 2011 at 00:26 IST

Much of the turmoil and unrest in Kashmir and rhe eastern states is due to the impunity with which Indian security forces have acted all these years in these areas.

from:  P.S.Arunachalam
Posted on: Aug 29, 2011 at 10:53 IST

AFSPA (modified from BRITISHERS' ACT to suppress Indian Freedom Movement in 1857) is an ACT according to which a citizen is killed 'just on suspicion'. NO WARRANT REQUIRED. ARMED FORCES INVOLVED WILL NOT HAVE COURT MARTIAL. That is you are not Safe from Arm forces if u r living in the area no matter who u are ..! Are we Living in a Dictatorial Type of Regime or so Called Democratic regime ? And still Most of the Media continue to ignore Her Crusade.. Don't be so Biased ..!!

from:  Shepard
Posted on: Aug 27, 2011 at 22:49 IST

I agree that Madam Irom Sharmila's case has not been highlighted in media as it should have been. Having agreed to that I would like to add that we the people of the North East have also failed to consistently raise the issue in proper forum and with all sincerity. Sometimes I feel organisations like the NESO also simply include this issue as one of many other issues that they have in their agenda for "meeting" with various Ministers etc. Let us all join hands to take up this single issue and see whether our unity can compel both the media and the govt to honour Madam's fight for removal of the draconian law.

from:  Amitabh Barooa Guwahati
Posted on: Aug 26, 2011 at 11:23 IST

Every citizen of this country should be heard and explain irrespective of the cause of protest. If we intent to have a human society in the future.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2011 at 11:16 IST

In Irom Sharmila's case media has shown a double stand whereas Anna is highlighted in such a way that he is a Messiah born to lead India to the promised land. I would like to bring your conscience in these two cases. One is exorbitantly promoted and other is despised.

from:  Ayyoob Musliyarakath
Posted on: Aug 26, 2011 at 07:50 IST

Would Mr.Anna reciprocate? How many of his followers would support this fine lady in ridding of another govt institutionalized evil. I think not.

from:  Satyamev Jaythe
Posted on: Aug 25, 2011 at 23:59 IST

I appreciate that she used a similar methodology, but the reason for Anna's movement becoming so widespread is the cause he is fasting for. He has an agenda, something to stand by which is his group's version of the lokpal. Corruption affects every person in the country and therefore the large support to eradicate it.

from:  SWATI
Posted on: Aug 25, 2011 at 23:45 IST

This is where the magnitude of the issue and the cynicism of the government comes into the picture.The issue of corruption is so systemic that everyone can relate to it, but that is not the case with respect to the struggle Irom is going through. You see, the AFSPA imposed on a few states are confined to those states, the atrocities, the massacres that happen seldom come out to light. Surely, Irom's determination and will has to be lauded, but i wish more people like her spring up to fight this malaise of corruption instead of playing into the hands of a few select people.

from:  bharath
Posted on: Aug 25, 2011 at 11:51 IST

i salute sharmila .

from:  ashu
Posted on: Aug 25, 2011 at 11:43 IST

Apathy of indian govt towards north east and its people..As simple as that. Step daughter treatment is what we can call it. It doesn't matter what we, the people of north east cries for, live or die till everybody in so called mainland india gets their share of joy, happiness and wealth.

from:  kamal
Posted on: Aug 25, 2011 at 10:58 IST

I salute da sheer guts of irom sharmila...THE IRON LADY OF NORTH EAST.i feel sad at da step-motherly treatment meted out to nortn-easten people...R WE LESS INDIAN?....govt never thought of building infrastructure n developing da played n stilling playing the filthiest of dirty politics of divide n supporting some section of UG...n tagging some organisation as terroist..... develop da north-east as need base...increase da connectivity.....give due importance to education....give hospital....give clean water supply......give medical n engg.colleges n othr proff institute....improve sports infrastructures...we hav lots of natural most of it are doing so region develops, peace previls,coz no one wants to fight if he's happy..REMOVE AFSP

from:  dr.mechung bhutia
Posted on: Aug 25, 2011 at 10:37 IST

I have great respect for Ms. Sharmila's fast but i thing Delhi listened to Mr. Hazare because of the public support behind him. He also faced problems when he was fasting for school for his town and for several other things. Corruption has link of every citizen in country, so it is getting heard to the government by supporters of IAC. The positive thing is that everyone is getting knowledge of what Ms. Sharmila's have done and doing for country.

from:  Soumya Havaldar
Posted on: Aug 25, 2011 at 10:07 IST

Under the disguise of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, the wrongful abuses by government officers, soldiers and all others connected to the enforcement of the Act ought to be fairly and truly reported, so that justice can be promptly administered to the innocent victims, who are purportedly suffering by the inattentive government to legitimately investigate every alleged government abuses reported by citizens of the India. Consequently, the question arises, what is
holding more national dissemination of such news coverage to give information to the masses? Have the masses heard of Irom Sharmila, as the news nationally informed on who is Anna? Irom Sharmila needs as much national news coverage as Anna and it is discriminatory for the news to be selective.

from:  ravi galav
Posted on: Aug 25, 2011 at 10:01 IST

govt. hear anna hazare within 8 days, but what about 11 years of this .............. shame on us

Posted on: Aug 25, 2011 at 09:10 IST

She is a living flesh-and-blood example of this Govt's complete absence of even a trace of humanity and complete apathy towards its people. Development in the NE will destroy the terror menace. Pocketing the development funds will only swell the minister's bank accounts and keep these insurgencies alive - which is what the Anna Hazare movement is trying to stop, which is why Ms Sharmila's stand makes sense (in case the Govt tries to allege that she's trying to cash in on the Anna Hazare effect) Her circle of supporters is restricted to the NE so the Govt keeps her force-fed Mr Hazare can really pull out the ground from under the Govt's feet so he is being accorded frequent appointments with high level Govt officials And we still vote these beasts back into power election after election after election?

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Aug 25, 2011 at 07:49 IST

India cannot claim to be democratic while it has AFSPA Acts 1958 and 1990. These Acts enable the Armed Forces to act with impunity. Violence begets violence. India seems to ape the practices of some other countries by deliberately maintaining manageable de-stability within it's borders so that its army are honed up as a ruthless and aggressive fighting machine in preparation to confront outside forces. Governments past and present have had opportunities to resolve the issues pertaining to the states concerned in these 64 years.Is there a secret agenda not to. An ancient civilization like India should be innovative in developing good and fair polices and practices for application within India and in its International relationships. The soldiers can instead implement, Hearts and Minds methods with civic society participation. Tenacious and courages Ms Irom Sharmila is a beacon burning bright. Repeal the Acts. Enable inclusivity. Make her day! Make India truly Democratic!

from:  rajagopal raman
Posted on: Aug 25, 2011 at 07:29 IST

Need of publicity for everything, media is not focusing on her issue.

from:  Gandhi
Posted on: Aug 25, 2011 at 07:13 IST
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