The prisoner of conscience, Irom Sharmila has broken her fast of 16 years and now the society she had been fighting for has turned against her. Once a political icon, Sharmila is now a lonely figure in Manipur, almost ostracized, and with no place to live. Her fault was that she chose to break her fast of 16 years before the government repealed the AFSPA.
According to social analysts, the public has been angered by Sharmila’s decision of marrying Desmond Coutinho, an India-born British national who has been accused by many to be an agent to thwart her struggle.
However, a post on Facebook by actress Renuka Shahane proved that not everyone in this country hero-worships a true patriot to an impossible level and then turns against them when they find out that heroes are also humans.