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Irom Sharmila, whose hunger strike has just entered its sixteenth year, is kept in isolation. If reporters want to talk to her, they must go through a bureaucratic rigamarole. International reporters must request permission to see her a month in advance. It's not surprising that not many do. Then, too, neither English or Hindi is her native tongue, so she speaks slowly in both--reporters can be impatient or condescending.

In an effort to share her thoughts and feelings directly with the world, she has sent out this video. (Note: She speaks very quietly, so you'll have to have volume up very high on whatever device you view this on.)

It's long, but if you listen to even a bit of it, you can get a sense of who she is, how she feels, what is important to her. The complete transcript is in the first comment on the video, but these words in particular moved me:

Laws which are meant to serve us, a democratic people, turn against us ... Why should our people remain contented just seeing me as a symbol of resistance? ... I just want to gain success, which is so rightful, with the intervention of the public, and I am really in need of their joining hands ...

The present Indian government is so hardly [i.e., concertedly, with effort] trying to be permanent membership of the UN Security Council, but just ahead of placing this title--I mean for membership--the Indian government need to show the real democracy by repealing this draconian law [the Armed Services Special Protection Act] ... I really am tired of this way of life, really tired, so please intervene ... Without the support of the masses how can I be fruitful in my demands? ...

While we’re living in this world what we really need to do is try in our ways to connect with each other ... We are every source of peace and every source of changes.

Please share widely.


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 9th, 2015 04:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing this.
Nov. 10th, 2015 12:05 am (UTC)
Thanks for helping spread the word ♥
Nov. 9th, 2015 04:46 pm (UTC)
She is such a heroine. I am awed.
Nov. 10th, 2015 12:05 am (UTC)
Me too.
Nov. 9th, 2015 07:26 pm (UTC)
She is pretty amazing. And looks so very tired.
Nov. 10th, 2015 12:06 am (UTC)
I think she's very tired. I hope so hard for a happy future for her.
Nov. 11th, 2015 10:14 am (UTC)
The video is very moving - and motivating. To hear her soft, almost broken-seeming voice, and to know of the years of mistreatment which has made it that way, and yet to know at the same time that however weak her voice seems, she herself is a woman of amazing and humbling strength... yes, leaves me pretty well wordless.
I will indeed do what I can to share this.

(also: I am very grateful that there are people like you in the world to bring to wider notice this whole important story. Without you I wouldn't have known about Irom Sharmila, or the armed Forces Special Powers act, which has been so blatantly abused for so long.)
Nov. 11th, 2015 11:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you--and thank you for all that you do. We--all of us--lend strength to one another.
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