Decision To End Hunger Strike Gets Irom Shunned, Says India May Understand Me

Giving her first interview after breaking her epic 16-year-long fast, human rights activist Irom Sharmila on August 10 said that she won’t head back home till her demand of repealing the 1958 law is met.


Sharmila was on a 16-year long fast against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) law, which grants special powers to the Indian Armed Forces in  “disturbed areas”.

Speaking on her decision, the Iron Lady of Manipur said that the people of Manipur don’t understand her, but maybe the people of India will.



After her decision to end her strike, the 44-year-old activist found herself unwanted by many supporters who had not taken too well to the news.

She was reportedly even heckled in Shamu Makhong area on August 9 after she decided to end her fast.

At present Sharmila wants people to know her as a normal person and she has even made her ambitions about becoming Chief Minister of Manipur clear.



With this, Irom aims to bring a positive change in not just Manipur but the world.

She aims of bringing equality among people and wants to become a messenger of peace.


Irom breaks down after breaking her 16 year long fast. Indian Express

Irom in tears after breaking her 16 years long fast. Indian Express

Irom on August 9 had called off her hunger strike so as to venture into politics.

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