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Irom Sharmila's decisions have upset equilibrium in Manipur

This dismal balance shall soon get restored. In that lies our collective disgrace

Irom Sharmila
Irom Sharmila

Irom Sharmila did not only break her 16-year-old hunger strike and promise to join electoral elections. She upset the equilibrium that had come to envelop the weary Manipur state over years. It has momentarily broken and that has upset some in her Meitei community. Not everyone. She would carry on with her struggle ignored by the state. AFSPA would continue. Brutality, violence and everyday harassment would be commonplace. Impunity would be a standard. Bandhs would be called every other day. Civic life would continue to crawl in a militarised state. This was the equilibrium ...