Cast in the mould of Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Suu Kyi, Irom Sharmila Chanu is an indefatigable defender of human rights. The cause she is fighting for — the repeal of AFSPA — is unexceptionable. To charge her with suicide attempt for undertaking a fast is preposterous. Hers is a struggle to repudiate violence and replace it with non-violence. Sharmila exemplifies Hemingway’s words that “a man can be destroyed but not defeated.”
G. David Milton,
Why is AFSPA still in force? How can the Indian army justify the killing of civilians? They are nothing but coldblooded murder in the name of “national security.” Irom Sharmila deserves to be lauded for her willpower and determination. If only our politicians and bureaucracy were half as dedicated, India would have become a superpower by now.
Shashank Rao Palety,