Why Indian Democracy has Failed Irom Sharmila

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Why Indian Democracy has Failed Irom Sharmila

Illustration: Namaah/ Arré

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or 16 years, Irom Sharmila has been a humbling symbol of human endurance. An act of political resistance so profound, it was almost poetic.

A frail wraith of a woman – resolute, incarcerated, hospital tube pumping food into reluctant body – she epitomised the outer edges of individual will. She was the Iron Lady of Manipur, the woman who literally tried to change the course of history with her body.

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