Irom Sharmila ties the knot with Desmond Coutinho in Kodaikanal

IMPHAL: Rights crusader Irom Sharmila Chanu tied the knot with her British boyfriend Desmond Coutinho on Thursday morning at the sub-registrar’s office in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, where she is currently residing. After waiting for nearly two months to complete the legal formalities, the two obtained their marriage papers under the ‘Special Marriage Act 1954’ from […]

Don’t want to return to Manipur again: Sharmila

Imphal, July 14 2017: A day after Irom Sharmila filed an application to tie the knot with her British partner Desmond Coutinho at the sub registrar’s office in Kodaikanal, the rights crusader on Thursday said she doesn’t want to return to her home state, Manipur, ever again. Speaking to TOI on the phone, Sharmila said, […]

“BJP offered me Rs 36 crore for campaigning purpose for Manipur elections.” Irom Sharmila debunks Modi government’s campaign against corruption

The allegations are irreconcilable with the Narendra Modi government’s rhetoric against political corruption. Nobody would call Irom Sharmila dishonest or selfish. The veteran hunger-striker literally shunned food for 16 long years in protest against the imposition of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Manipur. Now a politician who recently floated an outfit in October, […]

Irom Sharmila to Contest From Manipur CM Ibobi’s Constituency

Manipur’s iron lady Irom Sharmila will contest against Manipur Chief Minister and Congress’ Okram Ibobi Singh from the Thoubal constituency in the assembly polls next month. Sharmila formed her party People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) in 2016 after she broke her 16-year-long hunger strike. Sharmila came to the fore with her resistance against the […]

Irom Sharmila likely to field 10 candidates in Manipur

IMPHAL: The party floated by rights activist Irom Sharmila Chanu could field 10 candidates in the upcoming two-phase assembly polls in Manipur on March 4 and March 8. The People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA), which got whistle as its party symbol, has already named five candidates. “Our party is growing fast and gaining public […]

Elections 2017: ‘Grave’ trouble for Manipur’s first Muslim woman candidate

Manipur’s first Muslim woman candidate, representing the political party co-founded by former marathon faster Irom Sharmila, has run into ‘grave’ trouble. A troika of Meitei Pangal (Manipuri Muslim) clerics has warned Najima Phundreimayum, popularly Najima Bibi, that she will not be given space for her ‘kabr’ (grave) in her village in Manipur’s Thoubal district. They […]

Not to forget other political parties… Sharmila’s party is also in the fray

Not surprisingly the focus has been on the BJP and the Congress and a look at the daily newspapers published from Imphal will definitely testify this. And it is not without reason. In power for the last fifteen years and seemingly placed to extract all possible advantages from the sharp polarisation of the people, especially […]

PRJA discusses issues with Governor

IMPHAL, Jan 28: Leaders of the newly floated political party People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA), Irom Sharmila Chanu, Najima Bibi and James Mayengbam met Governor Dr Najma Heptulla at Raj Bhavan today. Various issues concerning the State, including repeal of AFSPA, military camp inside Manipur University, women empowerment and leadership role of women in […]

Woe Womaniya

They’ve been at the forefront of social and political activism in Manipur but women haven’t got their due share in power yet. The forthcoming Assembly elections hold out little hope that things will change. Sonia Sarkar looks into the reasons why Sonia Sarkar Imphal. It’s 4am. At five degrees, 44-year-old Irom Sharmila Chanu warms up […]

Key issues missing in run up to polls Sidelining important posers

Creation of seven new districts. The ongoing economic blockade. These two issues will undoubtedly impact on the coming Assembly election and it is a tragedy that other issues which should be there on the agenda of the people will be pushed to the sideline. No doubt the creation of the seven new districts and the […]

Key issues missing in run up to polls Sidelining important posers

Creation of seven new districts. The ongoing economic blockade. These two issues will undoubtedly impact on the coming Assembly election and it is a tragedy that other issues which should be there on the agenda of the people will be pushed to the sideline. No doubt the creation of the seven new districts and the […]

AFSPA in Nagaland extended for six months

The Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) has been extended for another six months in Nagaland. “The Union home ministry, in a notification on December 30, extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958, in the entire area of Nagaland for another six months,” a Nagaland home department official said. The notification issued by the […]

Irom Sharmila’s Long Protest Is Over, but Military Impunity in Northeast India Continues

Source: Global Voices This week there was one news item that brought relief to many Indians. Irom Chanu Sharmila, also known as the ‘Iron Lady’ of the Indian state of Manipur, has decided to end her world-record holding 16-year fast. ‪ Sharmila started the non-violent protest in November 2000 and her main demand was the […]

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Repeal AFSPA from North East call rings out in LS

New Delhi, Apr 27 : A demand was made in the Lok Sabha today for repeal of the “draconian” Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the North East, with a few members saying it was the biggest deterrent in integrating the youth of the region with India. Participating in a discussion on the Demands

An open letter to General Bakshi, People of India and Mr. Arnab Goswami

Hello Sir, My name is Chinglen Kshetrimayum, I am from Manipur and I am not a threat to anyone. I studied in Sainik School Imphal for 5 years and I have hoisted the Indian flag. I used to proudly sing our national anthem (even though there is nothing a…