Deepti Priya Mehrotra (for Info only, not official)

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    ...Soon after she broke her 16-year fast on August 9, expressions of solidarity for Irom Sharmila’s cause started pouring in: From the National Association of People’s Movements (NAPM), Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR), women’s groups, human rights and civil society groups across the country.During that time of intense churning, I spent a couple of days with her in the hospital room in Imphal, where Sharmila was surrounded by caring friends, activists and ordinary locals, all relieved she had given up her fast.Reactions to her decision to contest elections were mixed.Meira Paibis — elderly women activists who have exposed atrocities under AFSPA over the decades — visited Sharmila on August 11, reaffirmed love and respect for her, while expressing allegiance to a politics of constructive protest, rather than the electoral path. ...

    Indian Express on Sept. 15, 2016, 12:02 a.m.