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The Iron Lady: A Poem On Irom Sharmila

Posted: September 7, 2016
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In this intriguing and captivating poem the author honours ‘The Iron lady’ – Irom Sharmila and highlights her sacrifice for the people of Manipur.

She was born in the ‘Seven Sister States’,

which witnessed insurgency since decades.

An activist and someone, who heralded the urgency of human rights,

she protested when the ‘Malom massacre’ brought forth, fellow men’s plight.

 

Treading the footsteps of the Mahatma, to hunger strike she resorted

A tube inserted through her, her spirits could not be thwarted.

Sixteen years transpired but she carried on undeterred,

Her ideals of peace and democracy were all that mattered.

 

Felicitated with an array of awards, she was declared a ‘prisoner of conscience’,

also christened ‘The Iron Lady’, she rose to prominence.

The support of people came from far and wide,

It steered her through, and she took things in her stride.

 

On August the ninth, sixteen years after she took the vow,

she declared her will to break the fasting row.

She wished to live, she wished for matrimonial bliss,

But her own people made her feel that something was amiss.

 

She longed for love, she longed for a life less ordinary,

She, who was a paragon of steadfastness and love,

But the world had arrows in its trove.

 

Unwavered by the world’s indifference, she held her ground,

No wonder she was called ,

Iron Sharmila – The Iron Lady !

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Meha Sharma

Meha Sharma

Well, before I took the plunge to be a mom and be a part of the chaotic yet amusing world of motherhood, I worked as a Business Analyst in an elite IT firm and as a professor in management colleges. Having earned an MBA degree in Human Resource Management and an MA degree in English Literature, I never thought I would bid adieu to the life of a full time working professional, but that was before I held the tiny little pink 'thing' in my hands.I am a stay at home mom to a shiny three and a half year old toddler. To keep my sanity while striving to be a 'decent' mom to my ever inquisitive daughter, I tell myself, what Winnie the Pooh says,"My favourite day is today" 🙂


Author's Blog: https://oflifeanditsfollies.wordpress.com/

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  1. Kasturi Patra

    Beautifully penned, Meha. Irom Sharmila is definitely someone we should all look up to. The kind of injustice she faced is simply tragic.

  2. Meha Sharma

    Thank you so much Kasturi!! Yes I am awed by her perseverance…

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