Irom Sharmila to change her approach as she wants to see success!
Manipuri rights activist Irom Sharmila , who has been demanding the repeal of controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act ( AFSPA ), has decided to break her fast of 16 years and said she will fight elections instead.
“I will break my fast as the government has failed to give any positive response. I will fight elections to resolve the issues,” she said on Tuesday. Irom has been on a hunger strike since November 2000, when 10 civilians were killed by security forces at a bus stop near Imphal airport.
“In my 16 year of journey, I see no visible change except the routine detention,” said Sharmila, speaking with her nose tube on that the authorities have used for years to force-feed her a sludgy mix of nutrients.
“My fight so far has been all alone and so I have decided to wage a war against the Act democratically by becoming a lawmaker instead of continuing with my fast,” she told reporters, referring to the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA).
From the days of Mahatma Gandhi to the more recent anti-corruption protests of Anna Hazare, India has a long history of activists using hunger strikes as a tool of protest. But Sharmila’s fast caught global attention for its sheer duration.
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