Irom Chanu Sharmila joins hands with National Green Alliance
New Delhi, Jul5: Political and rights activist Irom Chanu Sharmila has joined hands with the National Green Alliance, the first eco-friendly forum of the country, to deal with environment-related issues, threatening the existence of human life, like never before. The Iron Lady from Manipur poured her heart out in a tete-a-tete with UNI.
Q.When the major mainstream parties of the country were offering lucrative posts and membership, you chose to join the National Green Alliance. Why?
A: Green politics is a fairly new concept in India. I am aware of the issues concerning Mother Earth and the atrocities she is being constantly subjected to through man-made disasters, global warming and other such issues. I would like to get a better knowledge about them and spread awareness among the masses over the same.
Q: In protest against the Malom Massacre on November 2, 2000 and demanding repealing of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, you sat on a hunger strike, which is recorded as the world’s longer hunger strike. What prompted you to end the 16-year-long strike and form the Peoples’ Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA)?
A: I felt there was a need to join the mainstream politics because if you want to change the system, you need to become a part of the system. I am no more in active politics and wish the PRJA all the best in its future endeavours.
Q: What do you think about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir? A: The draconian and colonial Act should be repealed from all parts of the country, as it is not serving the people in its present format
Q: Congratulations for your impending marriage with Desmond Coutinho. When do you plan to tie the knot?
A: The dates have not been finalised yet. Will inform the media as soon as we are ready.