IROM SHARMILA AFSPA MANIPUR

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I Let Irom Sharmila And Her Fiancé Down, Just Like So Many Others

It was August of the year 2013. I was in the final year of my Master’s degree in journalism, and we were to do our first video news story. Ours was on Irom Sharmila. After contacting people who could be our “talking heads”, we got to know about her fiancé who had been pursuing her case from the front. Realizing he was the closest link to Irom, I sent him a message on Facebook. I got a reply from him the next day.

Irom Sharmila: The Invisible Heroine

Welcome to India, the world's largest democracy! Here is a woman who has been fasting for a cause for the past 15 years and nobody really cares. Yes, you heard it right - 15 years! It is her conscience, her unwavering convictions that have made her the "Iron Lady of Manipur". Irom Sharmila is like droplets of water trickling into a solid rock. With her silent, resilient and persistent efforts, this frail woman has made a dent, and a solid one at that.