Irom Sharmila

  • Lok Sabha polls: Jailed Irom Sharmila not allowed to cast vote in Manipur 17-04-2014 02:51 PM

    Human rights activist Irom Sharmila Chanu, who has been on a fast for 13 years against a special, stringent anti-terror act in Manipur, was on Thursday not allowed to vote in the Lok Sabha polls as per law. "Under Section 62 (5) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951,...
  • Power of 49: Women activists' demand to remove AFSPA still unfulfilled 08-03-2014 08:00 AM

    Imphal: On Women's Day, CNN-IBN's Power of 49 series highlights how women, who form 49 per cent of the electorate, are wielding greater power in the upcoming 2014 Lok Sabha elections. However, in Manipur it seems politicians just do lip service about women's empowerment and the major demand of women...
  • Irom Sharmila rejects AAP offer to contest polls 14-02-2014 08:44 PM

    Kolkata: Manipur's 'Iron Lady' Irom Chanu Sharmila has rejected an offer from the Aam Aadmi Party to join politics and contest this year's Lok Sabha elections. "She got an offer, but she is not interested in joining politics at all," Sharmila's brother Irom Singhajit said from Imphal on Friday. The...
  • Delhi court issues production warrant against Irom Sharmila 30-01-2014 04:58 PM

    A Delhi court on Thursday issued a production warrant for March 29 against rights activist Irom Sharmila after she did not appear before it in a case lodged against her for allegedly attempting suicide during her fast-unto-death in New Delhi in 2006. The Manipuri activist, on a fast for over...
  • Delhi court issues production warrant against Irom Sharmila 19-12-2013 03:10 PM

    A Delhi court on Thursday issued production warrant for January 30 against rights activist Irom Sharmila after she failed to turn up in a case lodged against her for allegedly attempting suicide during her fast-unto- death in 2006. The Manipuri activist, who has been on a fast for over 12...
  • Nobel Peace Prize to be announced today, Malala a frontrunner 11-10-2013 08:20 AM

    Norway: All we know is this: a record 259 candidates, including 50 organizations, have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013. With no clues from the judges in Norway, speculation about the frontrunners for Friday's announcement is primarily based on the committee's previous choices and current events. Here's...
  • Demand for dropping all charges against Irom Sharmila 02-10-2013 07:02 PM

    Imphal: Rights activist Irom Sharmila on hunger-strike for close to 13 years demanding repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, and who has been arrested and re-arrested over the years, should be released, Amnesty International (India) said in Imphal on Wednesday. "Authorities must drop all charges against her,...
  • AFSPA lets the forces get away with war crimes: Sudeep Chakravarti 23-05-2013 05:57 PM

    The controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act is in place in Manipur for the last 55 years. While the forces claim it is impossible to improve the security situation without it, its frequent abuse has led to the death and disappearance of many youths, it has led to rape of...
  • Irom Sharmila re-arrested in Manipur 14-03-2013 02:25 PM

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  • The Silent Poet: A film on Irom Sharmila 07-12-2012 04:49 PM

    Guwahati: A film on Iron Lady Irom Sharmila, famed for her decade-long hunger strike to protest against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Manipur, would be the highlight at the ninth edition of the two-day ADDA short film festival beginning here tomorrow. Filmmaker Barun Thokchom has captured a different...
  • Irom Sharmila completes 12 years of protest 05-11-2012 12:22 PM

    Imphal: Irom Sharmila, Manipur's 'Iron Lady', on Monday completed 12 years of protest demanding repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). On an indefinite fast, Sharmila, who is force-fed through the nose to keep her alive began her fast till death after ten persons, including a boy who...
  • Manipur elections: anger and apathy 09-01-2012 12:26 PM

    In a 2009 interview, historian Lokendra Arambam, former President of the Apunba Lup (a conglomerate of 32 civil society organisations in the state of Manipur) told me that when it comes to Manipur, "the government of India is interested in the land and not in the people." In 2006, just...
  • Save Irom campaign reaches Hyderabad 29-11-2011 09:37 AM

    HYDERABAD: With the Armed Forces Special Protection Act (AFSPA) being a bone of contention between civil rights groups and the governments, 'Saving Sharmila' campaign might not be an easy objective. But, a five-member team of civil society representatives, who were in the city on Monday, have named their campaign in...
  • Mime play on Irom Sharmila draws crowd in Korea 13-10-2011 01:29 PM

    Kolkata: A mime play portraying 'Iron Lady' Irom Chanu Sharmila's 11-year-long hunger strike demanding repeal of the 'draconian' Armed Forces Special Powers Act has drawn applause at an international theatre festival in South Korea. The one-hour stage drama 'Mirel Masingkha' or 'The will of soul', based on Sharmila's lone struggle,...
  • Podcast: Anubha Bhonsle on Irom Sharmila fast 19-09-2011 07:08 PM

    CNN-IBN's Senior Editor Anubha Bhonsle talks about the amazing journey of the ten-year old fast of the Iron Lady of Manipur, Irom Sharmila against the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).Anubha acknowledges and also laments the fact that Irom's cause came to hit the national headlines only after the...
  • Treat me like Anna Hazare: Irom Sharmila to PM 01-09-2011 06:59 PM

    New Delhi: Manipur's iron lady Irom Sharmila, who is on fast for the past 11 years to demand the repeal of the AFPSA, spoke exclusively to CNN-IBN saying that once the government accepts her demands she will break her fast. Anubha Bhonsle: In this room of the Jawaharlal Nehru hospital...
  • Anna becomes an icon, Irom Sharmila forgotten 29-08-2011 09:58 AM

    New Delhi: Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare's 13-day fast might have attracted thousands and captured the imagination of an entire nation, but in sharp and dismaying contrast is the iconic struggle of Irom Sharmila in Manipur. She has been on a fast for over a decade, without food and water. Her...
  • Irom Sharmila's heartfelt letter to Anna Hazare 24-08-2011 03:42 PM

    Irom Sharmila, the Iron Lady of Manipur as she is often called, has been on a fast for the last ten years protesting against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act that is in place in parts of Manipur and the north east and gives the Army and the paramilitary forces...
  • Irom Sharmila's silent resilience ignored 10-06-2011 09:11 PM

    New Delhi: When it comes to fasts and dharnas, popularity clearly matters. Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare hog the public limelight and the Centre's attention but a woman who has been on a fast in Manipur against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act has been ignored for ten years now....
  • Spot the difference: Hazare vs Irom Sharmila 20-04-2011 06:40 PM

    New Delhi: Irom Sharmila Chanu and Anna Hazare have one thing in common " the ability to fast indefinitely for what they perceive is right. But the similarities end there. She has been on a political fast for 11 years but her silent resilience moves you when you realize the...