Manipur’s Iron Lady, Irom Sharmila broke her 16-year long fast Tuesday and reiterated her decision to contest in the upcoming state assembly elections. The 44-year-old activist, demanding repeal of the controversial AFSPA, ended her fast immediately after attending a hearing in the District and Sessions court in Imphal. Acknowledging that not everyone is behind her decision to end the fast, Sharmila proclaimed that she is the embodiment of revolution and swore to become chief minister.
“People remain negative towards me about my new decision (to end the fast, to contest the polls and to get married), they want to think about me with the tube. I want to change that,” she said. “I want to be seen just as a human being with feelings, not as a goddess.”
Breaking down into tears, a defiant Sharmila told reporters that by entering politics, she will push for a positive change in society, starting with fighting for the repeal of the AFSPA Act, which shields the Army from legal proceedings and gives them unprecedented powers.
Here is how Twitter users reacted to Irom Sharmila ending her fast:
— Shantanu (@shantanub) August 9, 2016
Those who saying that #IromSharmila should have continued her fast are always welcome to take over from her. Any takers?
— Vikram Chandra (@vikramchandra) August 9, 2016
"People say politics is dirty, but so is society." Spot on, #IromSharmila. Spot on.
— Nigel Britto (@NigelBritto) August 9, 2016
My salute to Irom Sharmila who ends her 16 years fast today. Extraordinary will power, inimitable struggle. Hope some day AFSPA goes!
— nikhil wagle (@waglenikhil) August 9, 2016
Irom Sharmila is brave to enter politics. Being the sincere person she is, the kind of muck she'd face there would be a major shock to her.
— Chiranjit Ojha (@ChiranjitOjha) August 9, 2016
— Vasu Dev Jauhri (@vdjauhri) August 9, 2016
— Hemant Mathur (@HemantRitu7) August 9, 2016
16 year old fast against AFSPA ended today but the struggle continues. #IromSharmila take a break, eat, pray, love. Rise back stronger.
— Nicky Chandam (@Nickzonline) August 9, 2016