1. No need for war-mongering from either side of border: Irom Sharmila

No need for war-mongering from either side of border: Irom Sharmila

"There are Hindu and Muslim families living on both sides, and I do not see why there should be enmity or quarrel. There should not be any war-mongering from India or Pakistan side.

By: | New Delhi | Published: October 1, 2016 6:23 PM
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In the backdrop of escalated tensions between India and Pakistan, rights activist Irom Sharmila today said there was “no need for war-mongering” from either side, while emphasising that lasting peace can be achieved through dialogues and not aggression.

“There are Hindu and Muslim families living on both sides, and I do not see why there should be enmity or quarrel. There should not be any war-mongering from India or Pakistan side.

“There should be no aggression or a bid to show as to who is more powerful or wiser. We should work out peace through negotiations… If I was the PM, I would just say, people should just cool down,” she told a press conference here.

The Manipuri ‘Iron Lady’ also reiterated the long-standing demand for repealing of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Acts (AFSPA), which she has termed as “draconian” and “against the very idea of democracy” that India is.

The 44-year-old activist broke down during the middle of the conference while recalling the Malon firing incident in Manipur in which allegedly 10 people were “gunned down” in a small town in Manipur in 2000, which prompted her to begin her fast that moved the entire nation.

She was forcibly fed through a nasal tube since 2000 to keep her alive at a prison-turned-hospital.

The iconic activist, whose 16-year-old hunger strike ended in August, also suggested that “the Constitution should be amended regularly to suit the sentiments of the people.”

“The Constitution should be amended regularly as we are a multi-cultural nation. And, we are different in appearance, geography, so the amendments must be done accordingly,” she said.

When asked to respond on the Indo-Pak situation post the surgical strike by the Army across the LoC, she said, “People and press have been asking me what was my feeling on the recent Indo-Pak situation, but I am fed up of it. I only have to say, aggression is not the answer, from either side. We have to negotiate to find peace.”

The press conference hosted by a alliance of several woman rights groups was also addressed by noted Supreme Court lawyer Vrinda Grover on the AFSPA issue said, “In this heightened time of jingoism, I must say that there should not be any immunity to Army and this law must be repealed.”

Co-organiser of the press conference and woman rights activist Vani Subramanian said, “We jointly launched a campaign ‘Stand With Irom Sharmila: Repeal AFSPA’ in March and over 1,000 women activists, and professionals from top to grassroots level have endorsed this.”

“We soon plan to send this petition drawn up in the campaign to the President,” she said.

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    Vidya
    Oct 1, 2016 at 7:22 pm
    What a stupid news! Why she should bother about India-Pak border? Someone ask her to mind her own life
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      Alab
      Oct 1, 2016 at 1:59 pm
      Thank God , madam that you are not the PM. Soft tactics by India has made s bold. How can anybody be quiet when we are terrorised and killed ? This is not war mongering, but defence. Active defence,madam. We have tolerated enough. Enough of suffering. Let us break s. Have you forgotten Pak misdeeds including rapes, murders and other genocide of people in Bangladesh when it was a part of stan ? You are a woman, madam and should know the pain of abuse.Please lecture this to s, please. You have suffered enough for your principles. Please do not support wrong people.
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        raviraj
        Oct 2, 2016 at 7:08 am
        IS THIS NEWS ? Stupid person to write about -
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          Brave Heart
          Oct 2, 2016 at 7:18 am
          There shud not be any aggression when one more 26/11 happens....I don't understand why we shud be aggressive.....let them come and kill everyone....wats there in that....we aRe peaceful people.....we shud not show aggression....let's throw away all protective equipment and stand naked in front of terrorists.....lets be brave while they play archery with our balls.
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            Kish
            Oct 2, 2016 at 7:35 am
            Put a nasogastric tube to her again and shut her mouth. Enough of cacophony.
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              Vivek
              Oct 2, 2016 at 7:38 am
              Your words are good Madam, but they don't apply to India. Please preach stan with your good words and try to transform them. Not us.
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                Piyush
                Oct 2, 2016 at 7:23 am
                Dear FE, we do not need another Media created politician. We are still recovering from shock of 1 ( Kejriwal). This lady is immature enough to get into something for which she just had an impulse. Then becoming slave of her foolhardiness and finally sucbing to personal plans.
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                  Indian
                  Oct 2, 2016 at 7:17 am
                  another stupid china ,pak spy lady inspired by kejri now started barking.Now she wants all area should be captured by terrorist.
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                    Anand Ch
                    Oct 2, 2016 at 7:01 am
                    She was better off silently fasting. Commenting on issues with out proper knowledge discredits her. Better observe silence.
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                      santosh kumar
                      Oct 2, 2016 at 7:16 am
                      Another Poster person from news media coming to waste public time and push foreign countries agenda.
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                        Sonu
                        Oct 2, 2016 at 7:09 am
                        she should keep her mouth shut and let government decide what to do
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                          Satish
                          Oct 2, 2016 at 12:32 pm
                          Not any more.. pls shut your mouth. Are you educated enough
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                            Subodh khanna
                            Oct 2, 2016 at 7:59 am
                            here comes another peacenik iron sharmila - put a big tape on her mouth -shut up
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