Poems from Irom Sharmila that show the agonizing vicissitudes of her 16-year-old struggle

| Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 11:58
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Amnesty International declared Irom Sharmila a prisoner of conscience

New Delhi: Irom Chanu Sharmila, also called the Iron Lady of Manipur, who singlehandedly carried a life-long struggle on her shoulders for sixteen grueling years, announced that she was finally going to end her fast and live a normal life. 

Irom's struggle began with her demand from the Indian government to repeal the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) in Manipur, a poignant struggle which forced the government to put her behind bars many a times. 

Amnesty International declared Irom Sharmila, the longest known hunger striker in the world, a prisoner of conscience. On this day when Irom Chanu Sharmila will be finally ending her fast, we look back at those words she etched when undergoing one of the most pensive and non-violent fights in the world. 

(Also Read: Manipur's 'Iron Lady' Irom Sharmila set to break her 16-year-old fast today)

Irom Chanu Sharmila 
This adjoining night of two centuries
I hear all heart touching sounds in my ears
Thee, the beloved goddess, called time
Your poor girl is stirred at this hour
This late night makes me so restless
Cannot forget the world of captivity
Those shedding tears
When birds flap their wings
Those asking
What this walkable legs for?
Those sayings
These eyes are useless
Oh Prison! you go just vanish
So cruel is the strength of yours
Of iron bars and chains
Tear many a lives untimely
Wake Up
Irom Chanu Sharmila 
Wake up brothers and sisters
The savior of the nation
We have come out all the way
Knowing we all will die
Why the fear is
So shaky in the heart?
Yes, myself too
In the impact of this hard step
Overwhelmed with anxiety and fear
With the prayer to almighty
Praising the spirit of truth
Touchily from this frail body
I am bidding farewell
Yet longing for life
Though birth is followed by death
So fond of to accomplice
My desired mission

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