Irom Chanu Sharmila’s demand for the repeal of Arm Forces Act or AFSPA which has claimed thousands Manipuri dead from the state of Manipur, India will not have greater support and comment from her own country and West unlike the dissident pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s protest against her military junta ruled country of neighboring Myanmar.
Both India’s and West’s deliberate silence on Sharmila’s fast onto dead protest since last ten years has many clear indications. India will not comment on Sharmila following the similar trends of western ‘nepotism’. Sharmila doesn’t have any link with the West unlike Suu Kyi’s, who is wife of a British citizen, of neighboring Myanmar. Manipur, where Sharmila was born, does not have anything to offer to the Western job creator for their own citizens. Obama’s visit to India which was fall during the last week of decade old ordeal of Sharmila has made no ripple to US media on Sharmila story as the President was not going to make any business deal with people coming out from Manipur. Sharmila cannot become Obama’s ‘a hero of mine’.
West stance on Sharmila is very pathetic. Myanmar recent popularity with its natural resources and sham election among the western countries has brought comments on its government from many foreign countries like receiving comments of Birthday on Facebook account of one of its leaders. Only China has truly wished her government. Many of you will think that Chandlers are forgotten now even in Britain, however their story might never fade away from generations to come. Hollywood will be standing now on their gate to make a multi-million blockbuster film on them. Sharmila discourse will occupy data less than a GB on any country database.
India again cannot comment on Suu and her own ‘Suu’ Sharmila issues. The country has been rearing its own Suu at Jawaharlal Nehru hospital for the last ten years through forced nose feeding. So any comment on pro-democracy leader Suu, who was only kept house arrest on her lakeside home, or the neighboring military junta ruled regime will bring similar comments into government of largest democracy of the world.
Sharmila only needs supports from within. Those who are too busy in her own state Manipur should come out and support this outcast dissident who will give security to the state. There are many young widows in the state who cannot follow Sharmila similar ordeal as they have to look after their own fatherless child which AFSPA stands as the root cause. When these children realized their father absence, it will again strengthen the Act and produce more similar of their mothers and themselves.