Author: Deepti Priya Mehrotra
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780143103691
Irom Sharmila has been on a fast unto death for eight years, demanding a repeal of the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Manipur.
Ten innocent people were mowed down by security forces in Malom, a village near Imphal, in November 2000. The perpetrators were not punished, protected under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act which empowers military and paramilitary personnel to arrest, shoot, even kill, anyone on the grounds of mere suspicion. In response to this tragedy—one among many such atrocities—Irom Sharmila, a young Manipuri, began an indefinite hunger strike. The government arrested her and force-fed her through nasal tubes. She has been released and re-arrested innumerable times since then, but has stood by her demand, steadfastly refusing to eat until the Act is repealed.
Burning Bright is a hard-hitting account of a people caught between the crossfire of militants and security forces; of a once- sovereign kingdom whose culture has been brutally violated; of the many voices of dissent— from underground groups to the Meira Paibis, a women’s movement opposed to all forms of violence whether by the state or insurgents. This is a moving portrait of a heritage under attack and of Irom Sharmila, ‘the Iron Lady of Manipur’, who has staked her life to bring peace to her ravaged land.
Murder of Innocents
The Making of an Activist
Inheritance: Ancient Glory
Grandma’s Tales and Women’s Wars
AFSPA, the Unlawful Law
Women’s Solidarity: Movement against Rape
Body Politics: Two Unique Protests
Soul-Force and Non-violence
Civil Disobedience and Democratic Dissent
Widening Circles: Flight to Delhi
A Pure Activist for Human Rights
Solidarity: The Power of the Powerless
The Road to Peace
Miles to Go
Epilogue: Inside the Labyrinth