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Zubaan Books Fragrance of Peace
Irom Sharmila
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56 pp PB
INR 125
ISBN 978-81-89884-91
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For more than ten years now Irom Sharmila, a young woman from Manipur, has been on hunger strike, demanding the removal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, a draconian law that allows the army unfettered powers in areas that are considered politically “sensitive” or “disturbed”. Taken into custody and released every twelve months by the State for attempting suicide (considered illegal in India) Sharmila is being force fed to keep her alive. Her unique battle for peace in her strife torn homeland, has become a powerful symbol for all those engaged in fighting for peace in the northeast of India. As she fulfils her chosen role in this movement, Sharmila sometimes longs for all those things that young women treasure – love, freedom, the sheer joy of living a “free” life, even simple things like being able to drink water, to brush her teeth. This small compilation of twelve of her poems in her native language Meiteilon and in English translation, provides a moving account of the underbelly of one woman’s lone struggle for peace.
All proceeds from the sale of this book will go towards supporting Sharmila's campaign.
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Sunil Sharma, on 6-3-2013 wrote:
The action of police shows that we are still in the cage of slavery. Still we have not obtained freedom & there is no meaning of democracy in our country. The incident is similar to Theyan Man Chouk in China.
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