Irom Chanu Sharmila and the Movement Against Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA)

10 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2014

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Aparajita Sharma

University of Delhi - Department of Social Work

Date Written: February 28, 2014

Abstract

This paper, through the narratives of activists and Meira Paibis reiterates the slogan — repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which is draconian and anti-people in spirit. The atrocity,which has been meted out on the people of Manipur because of this Act, is a profound violation of human rights. Rape, mindless killings, kidnapping, fake encounters have been normalised by virtue of this Act. The youths have been badly affected due to the conflict emerging out of this Act which treats people in Manipur as 'objects' against the imagined boundaries of the Indian nation-state for security from the neighbouring nations. In this process, the lived experiences of the people have been pushed to the periphery against the massive motive of the state to protect borders and the imagined nation, which is a direct offshoot of the legacy of colonialism in India. The paper has tried to capture the history of Manipur on a capsule to concretise the struggle of Irom Sharmila and the 'hopes' she gives to the people of Manipur for 'peace' and 'justice'. Alongside, it makes a humble attempt to describe the ‘life’ of Irom Sharmila. In addition, it describes the rage of Manipuris, which have given rise to insurgency asking for 'freedom' through various platforms.

Keywords: Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Irom Chanu Sharmila, Hope for peace, Meira Paibis, Malom massacre, Manipur, India

Suggested Citation

Sharma, Aparajita, Irom Chanu Sharmila and the Movement Against Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) (February 28, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2403555 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2403555

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University of Delhi - Department of Social Work ( email )

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