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This author honours 'The Iron day' - Irom Sharmila and highlights her sacrifice for her people in Manipur in this thought-provoking yet beautiful poem.
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 has worked as a Business Analyst in an elite IT firm and as a full time professor in management colleges. Having earned an MBA degree in Human Resource Management and an MA degree in read more...
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