Irom Sharmila’s marriage to her partner Desmond Coutinho, a British national, was registered under the Special Marriage Act as an inter-religious union.
Irom Sharmila and Desmond Coutinho plan to marry in Kodaikanal. But many in the area oppose the marriage, seeing the two as a “threat to peace and stability of the hills”.
The Association of African Students in India held a press conference along with Irom Sharmila to condemn growing racism and violence in India.
Today, it is hard to see India standing up for any values at all. The reasons, as Menon wrote so perceptively in his essay on Sri Lanka, have to do with “internal politics”.
Teresa Rehman’s book documents 12 narratives of Manipuri women activists who so radically sited their bodies for struggle and pushed the envelope to give a whole new meaning to the word “mother” in patriarchal structures.
In the eighteenth episode of Jan Ki Baat, Vinod Dua discusses the roles and responsibilities of the parliamentary opposition and explores why Irom Sharmila lost in the Manipur assembly elections this year.
Why is it only in Irom Sharmila’s case that we are told that hope must be roundly defeated? That we should grow up, get real, get with the times?
Was the impassioned focus on Sharmila’s electoral fate merely to delude ourselves that we are also concerned about Manipur and not just the numerically important ‘mainland states’?
The electorate was happy to give a huge majority to criminals and strongmen in the fray but the face of a poet whose eyes were moist and whose nose had a tube inserted inside left them unmoved.
Irom Sharmila is a human rights activist, and a renowned one at that. But her personality is not that of a typical politician.
More people in the constituency pressed on NOTA than voted for the iconic campaigner against the Armed Forces (Special powers) Act
With the second phase of the Manipur assembly elections set to begin on March 8, The Wire takes you through the candidates contesting from 22 constituencies.
As the first phase of assembly elections in Manipur begins, The Wire takes you through the history of elections and power shifts in the northeastern state.
“Women bow down to men because they are uneducated. Lack of education deprives them of their political right.”
The rally was to be held at the Kangla fort which the Meiteis hold sacred. The PRJA said, “We will not tolerate a political slugfest inside the premises of the sacred Kangla.”
Manipur faces a tough choice between the BJP, a party that has a track record of dividing people on religious lines, and the Congress, whose 15-year rule in the state has been marred by corruption and misgovernance.
In a year full of protests and mass mobilisation, a list ten acts of defiance that were particularly important.
In an exclusive interview, Erendro Leichombam of the Manipur’s People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance talks about challenging a corrupt system along with a woman who is ‘a worldwide symbol of incorruptibility’.
Sharmila will contest the polls against chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh on a ticket from her new party, People’s Resurgence Justice Alliance, as well as from her home constituency of Khurai.
“Now that I’m a free woman, I’ll convene a new political party on October 10 to fight the coming election,” Sharmila told journalists after the judgment.
Churachandpur seethes with anger, uncertainty remains about the Naga Accord and political tensions remain high over the ILP, as the assembly polls near.
In her first public engagement since breaking her fast, Sharmila reached out to the families evicted by the Manipur government to develop the area for tourism.
“Let us walk together, change together,” Sharmila said on Tuesday. Manipur clearly aspires for change, yet this seems like an impossible task.
As India turns 70, C.P. Surendran measures the limits of freedom in India. Have we done enough to realise the promises made in the Constitution?
After Irom Sharmila broke her 16-year hunger strike, she made a striking statement on politics: “People say politics is dirty, but so is society.” The statement is remarkable for two reasons. One, it breaks the shallow middle class binary between politics and society, and challenges the temerity of Hindus who […]
“I have been fasting for 16 years and not got anything from it. I want to try different agitation now,” Irom Sharmila told the media.
The rights activist Irom Sharmila will end her epic hunger strike on August 9, taking her struggle against the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act and the culture of impunity to the next level.
She fasted for 16 years to demonstrate to the rest of India that there can be no normality when the armed forces have the right to shoot to kill. The burden of ending impunity must now be shared by us all.
The activist began her hunger strike in November 2000 after 10 civilians were gunned down by Assam Rifles soldiers at a bus stop in Malom, Imphal.
The state has seen years of protest against the oppressive Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act.
With the BJP trying to make inroads into the state, a tough balancing act lies ahead for the Centre and North East Democratic Alliance too.
Irom Sharmila says she doesn’t want to die. She wants to live like anyone else, she wants to fly like a bird with a message of peace and humanity across the seven seas. But she says she cannot live with dignity under the AFSPA.
A new book examines the painful testimonies and dogged silences of families whose members have been murdered, tortured or raped by security forces, in a place where “everything is in a state of violent, tragic flux”.
Freedom Under Fire: VHP Gets Muslim Officer’s Name Cut from Temple Invite; Irom Sharmila Barred from Addressing JNU Students
A round-up of news, both bad and good, on the rights front from India.
Irom Sharmila spoke to The Wire about her struggle, what keeps her going and recent developments in the country.
What we need is a full national symbol –a slant-eyed, black Bharat Mata, crippled by hunger and deprivation, pain and disease, dressed in rags and chains, howling in rage while being eaten by a lion and getting ready to be reborn unchained.
The campaigner against AFSPA is under arrest not because she is a criminal but to actually ensure her survival